According to Debretts, the etiquette guide, girls that own a suitable party dress or bridesmaids dress that matches the bridal party can wear this. However, take note: “Fabrics should complement the bride’s dress – dupion, satin, organza and chiffon are the most popular choices.”
Page boy outfits
The duty of a page boy is less well known. More than just adding cute appeal, pageboys traditionally carry the brides train if it’s long, or can carry the rings on a cushion for the couple. But this isn’t always ideal when you have toddlers in tow!
There’s less pageboy outfits to choose from then girls, but there’s some lovely three-piece suits in JoJo Maman Bebe, Debenhams, Monsoon and Next. River Island also have a brilliant collection of affordable smart shoes like brogues, which also double up as great boys gifts.
Back to Debretts and they advise pageboys to wear shirts and ‘nehru-collared’ jackets with knickerbockers or short trousers. Older boys can copy the jacket with flat fronted trousers. For Scottish weddings, boys like men can wear kilts or trews accompanied with a jacket or smart jersey top.
With all the running around, delicious food and children’s plates and cutlery flying around, it would be a miracle if their outfit remained clean. Fear not, dresses can be dyed after the big day to give them a second lease of life!
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