Inexpensive Options: Children’s Edition

Today it's all about the children. They are cute, they are unpredictable, and they are oft dressed as mini brides and grooms. I totally have issues with that:

1) THEY ARE NOT THE BRIDE AND GROOM! They are children! Let they dress like children.

2) Children play and scratch and generally do not understand the concept of wearing your clothes (and not just wearing any clothes so that you're not naked). So let them dress like children.

3) If a child is not comfortable in a dress – they will not pretend otherwise just to make you happy. If something itches…they will scratch it. If something is hanging in their face…they will remove it. If they just don't like the color…they will have a temper tantrum and refuse to wear it. Again, let them dress like children.

And the biggie:

4) Parents do not want to spend hundreds of dollars on an outfit that their child will outgrow in 2 months and/or never wear again.

The guidelines for selecting your outfits for the youngest members of your wedding party are simple. Keep it basic, keep it inexpensive, keep it comfortable, and keep it age appropriate.

Here are six wedding attire options (three for the girls and three for the boys) – all for under $50.00.

For the Boys:

Option #1 (Total cost of outfit – $24.99):

Walmart George 4-Piece Stripe Tie, Vest, Shirt and Pants Set – $7.00
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Photo Courtesy of: Walmart

Alright, people. I am not a fan of Walmart's business practices at all but, seriously. If the parents of your little ring man (ha!) are feeling the effects of the economy – then dress him in this. Seven bucks! And perfect for a church or simple outdoor wedding.

Payless Smartfit Dress Oxfords – $17.99
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A nice price for a simple boy's cress shoe – these are comfortable enough that they can be worn after the wedding at school concerts and church.

Option #2 (Total Cost of Outfit – $48.99):

Old Navy V-Neck Sweater in Red Velvet – $12.00
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**PAIRED WITH**

Old Navy Oxford Shirt in Bright White – $12.00
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A nice, seasonally appropriate red sweater. Layer it over the white button-down for a clean but casual look.

Old Navy Plain Front Khakis in Khaki – $12.00
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Match the top combo with these flattering on all shapes flat-front khakis.

Payless Smartfit Boat Shoe in Tan – $12.99
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I just love these shoes. They work great with this more "dressed up" outfit but can definately be worn everyday at school with jeans.

Option #3 (Total Cost of Outfit – $48.99)

Old Navy Striped Shirt in Dark Blue Stripe – $12.00
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Photo Courtesy of: Old Navy

**PAIRED WITH**

Target Cherokee Short-Sleeve Ultimate Polo in Red – $6.99
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Layer the polo under the button-down shirt (with sleeves rolled up the elbows) for the ultimate in boy cool.

Old Navy Lion-Graphic Belted Cargos in American Twill – $12.00
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These cargo pants are laidback enough for this outfit's casual vibe but just sleek enough not to upset Grandma.

Payless Smartfit Extreme Sport Oxford in Brown – $12.99
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Looks like a retro skate shoe but is still stylish enough to work at a wedding.

For The Girls:

Option #1 (Total Cost of Outfit – $46.97)

Target Tulle/Shantung Dress in White – $22.99
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A poofy white dress with a colorful sash is a classic flowergirl look – start it off with this lovely dress.

Sophia's Style Sash in Pink – $5.99
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Tie this generous sash around the waist of the dress for the ultimate in flowergirl looks.

Payless Smartfit Mary Janes in Ivory – $17.99
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Sweet Mary Janes for a super sweet look.

Option #2 (Total Cost of Outfit – $35.99)

Walmart George Sleeveless Eyelet Dress with Long-Sleeve Bolero in Pink – $18.00
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Such a cute little dress set that's affordable, too. Another great option for parents feeling the economic pinch.

Payless Smartfit Millie Ballet Flat in White – $17.99
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Simple ans sweet ballet flats for this adorable ensemble.

Option #3 (Total Cost of Outfit – $)

J Crew Jersey Nala Dress in Bright Berry – $16.99
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An easy-going dress ideal for a more casual wedding.

Sheer Delight's Dancewear Scarf in Pink and Red Floral – $5.99
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Photo Courtesy of: Amazon

Let your flowergirls decide how to wear this bright scarf: around the waist, tied as a headband, or used a shawl.

Payless Airwalk Kicks in Pink – $17.99
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Complete this fun look with these faux Chucks for a really cool flowergirl look.

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