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 – $33.49):

J Crew Broken-In Critter Chino Short in Khaki Lobster – $19.99:
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These may be the coolest summer shorts ever. Clean and wedding appropriate but with a little red critter touch.

Old Navy Extreme-Sports Polo in Crimson Red – $10.00:
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This colorful polo is the perfect topper for the chino shorts above – and the cool motorcycle graphic will deem you "The Awesomest".

Old Navy Neon Flip-Flops in Skull Black – $3.50:
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Finish off this super cool ensemble with these boy approved flip-flips.

Option #2 (Total Cost of Outfit – $44.48):

Old Navy Plain Front Khakis in Khaki – $15.00:
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**PAIRED WITH**

Target Long Sleeve Poplin Top Stripe in Blue – $9.99:
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Wear this with the sleeves rolled up, with a few buttons undone, and untucked for a more casual wedding look.

**LAYERED OVER**

Old Navy Classic Tee in Moss Green – $6.50:
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A nice subtle pop of green when worn under the more formal blue shirt above.

Payless Smartfit Dress Oxford in Black – $12.99:
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Finish off this informal church look with these easy to wear shoes.

Option #3 (Total Cost of Outfit – $44.98):

Target Vest Set – Black – $24.99:
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What a deal! Dress shirt, pant, vest, and tie for less than $25 and totally church appropriate, too.

Me and Matilda Everyday Necktie in Tangerine Big Dots – $19.99:
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Substitute this great tie for the one in the outfit above for an awesome burst of color.

For the Girls:

Option #1 (Total Cost of Outfit – $28.50):

Old Navy Pick-Stitch Sundress in Watermelon – $15.00:
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So cute! So simple and colorful and perfect for a little girl in a beach wedding.

Boutique Enchanted Flower Headband in Hot Pink – $10.00:
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Whether they're piggy-tailed, bunned, or bald- this is a darling topper for any little girl.

Old Navy Printed Flip-Flops in All-Over Hearts – $3.50:
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Finish off this simple look with these cute flip-flops.

Option #2 (Total Cost of Outfit – $50.97):

Target Tulle/Shantung Dress in White – $22.99:
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**PAIRED WITH**

Miss Megan Mac Silk Chiffon Scarf in Turquoise – $10.00:
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Tie this lovely scarf around the waist of the dress above and it morphs into the perfect little flower girl outfit.

Target Flower Double Headband in Blue – $7.99:
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Such a cute alternative to the traditional (and expensive) floral wreath.

Payless Smartfit Rhinestone Dress Sandal in White – $9.99:
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Complete the look with these tasteful and girl approved Mary Janes.

Option #3 (Total Cost of Outfit – $48.48):

J Crew Shantung Haley Dress in Ivory – $29.99:
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**PAIRED WITH**

J Crew Cotton Cady Sash in Orange Peel – $9.99:
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Tie this citrusy sash around this classy sheath…then sit back and listen to the "Ahhh"s.

Missy's Corner Floral Centerpiece Clip – $1.50:
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A cute and simple topper for your flowergirl's 'do.

Old Navy Glitter Jelly Sandals in Orange Crush – $7.00:
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Hee. Finish off this more formal look with a bit of glitter for your littlest attendants.