Nov 25, 2013

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How to dress for a christening

          Christening rates have declined in recent years, but with Prince George’s ceremony making headlines around the world, christenings are back on the radar of many new parents. Although it is still possible to arrange a baptism during a normal Sunday service, most people like to make it more of an occasion and, as such, outfits are of key importance.

Dress your baby

          Much like planning a wedding, choosing a colour theme in advance makes things easier. Winter or spring christenings suit cooler, brighter colours, complementing the frosty weather outside, especially if there’s that beautiful bright white light that winter middays are famous for. Pale blues or turquoises are lovely accompaniments to a white christening frock or suit for the special baby. For baby girls try incorporating lilacs with white rather than pink for a unique look.

          Traditional baptism gowns have enjoyed a sales boost since the royal christening. Typically, they comprise white, cream and ivory options. Many parents opt for a more modern white suit or a pretty dress rather than the traditional full length gown. Keep the colours as neutral as possible, and a few highlight features tend to work better than a block colour: yellow piping round the hem of an ivory dress for example, rather than an entirely yellow dress.

It’s not just the guest of honour who needs to look their best on this special day. Godfathers and the baby’s dad should wear suits if possible; it’s smart and shows that the occasion is being taken seriously. Again, keep the shirt and tie simple with lighter, fresher colours. Dad should ideally wear a tie to match the christening gown or colour theme. If a gown is being made especially why not use some of the same fabric to make the tie: if a baby boy is having a spring green waistcoat made, make dad a tie in the same fabric.

Mum needs to be certain she’s dressed to impress as well. Cameras will undoubtedly be snapping away, and a gorgeous family group photo will be treasured for a lifetime. Again, the outfit should be formal but not dark and strict. Much like a hat for a wedding, a lovely headpiece will smarten any outfit. Rosie Willett Designs has some beautiful side tiaras, which add a touch of glamour when teamed with a simple frock. Go for a beaded and pearl design and pair with complementary earrings. Choose a cream, white or ivory tone to match the baby’s outfit, and be bright but regal: just like your own little prince or princess.

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