How to Dress Your Boys for a Wedding

Wedding season is coming. If you're looking for inspiration to dress your boys for a special occasion, check out our tips in today's article!
How to Dress Your Boys for a Wedding

Last update: 17 October, 2018

Finding just the right outfit for special occasions isn’t always an easy task. That’s why we want to take this opportunity to give you some advice on how to dress your boys for weddings.

Weddings are a special occasion where everyone wants to look their best. For children, this event also represents an opportunity to dress up like grown ups. 

Keep in mind that you’re not the only mom who needs to figure out just what to wear when you have a wedding. Your son will also need to dress elegantly in order to stand out on this special day .

6 tips on how to dress your boys for weddings

If you want to know how to dress your little guys on the day of a wedding, take a look at the following suggestions:

1. Opt for a formal suit

A three-piece suit, which consists of a jacket, pants and a vest, is perfect for an elegant wedding. It’s also a great ally for weddings that take place during spring and fall, when temperatures are cooler. It’s a chic outfit that won’t affect your little boy’s comfort.

Keep in mind that you should avoid suits made of scratchy or otherwise unpleasant fabrics. Look for something soft and lightweight. We’re sure it’ll be a crowd pleaser, and your little man will be happy as well!

Depending on the style of the wedding and climate, your child can go without the jacket. Combining pants, a vest and a dress shirt is just as classy. Feel free to choose colors that are currently in style, such as indigo blue suits with a pastel colored shirt or accessories.

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2. A summer look with a touch of coolness

The ideal outfit for your child can have different variations, depending on season and taste. For summer, you can include shorts or knee-length pants.

We also recommend combining a long or short-sleeved dress shirt with suspenders. For a more casual look, skip the suspenders and unbutton the top button.

Finally, you can also opt for an open suit vest that matches the summer outfit. This will give your child a more retro look.

As for colors for the shorts or pants, we recommend: Ivory, sand, light grey or navy blue. Combine them with a white or floral shirt. Either way, your child’s look will be sure to be a hit.

3. Privileged comfort

In order for your little one to feel comfortable in formal clothes, be sure to choose soft, breathable fabrics, such as cotton or linen. Keep the season and climate in mind, as well as whether this is an indoor or outdoor wedding.

You should choose clothing that allows your child freedom to move around. Stay away from tight-fitting articles. Remember, kids are constantly on the move, and the last thing you want at a wedding is an unhappy child.

Avoid excessive layering as well. You’ll thank us when it’s time to take your little guy to the bathroom – especially if he goes often or is potty training. Excessive layers can slow you down and lead to embarrassing accidents.

As for shoes, go for something simple such as a pair of leather tennis shoes or loafers. Your main priorities should be that they’re comfortable and don’t cause pain or blisters.

“Be well dressed, behave like a gentleman, and keep your shoes shined”
—Joseph Abboud—

4. Think practically

When you’re wondering how to dress your children for a wedding, you first need to consider the time of year. In-between seasons are ideal for cotton blazers and a button-down shirt.

At the same time, you should choose colors that suit your little guy. If you’re afraid of stains, then you’ll be safer choosing colors that are a bit darker.

5. Have fun with accessories

Accessories add a finishing touch to any outfit. They also help to add style without spending a fortune.

For example, you can add a colorful, black or pastel colored bowtie to give off a chic and modern look. You can also combine a bow tie with suspenders.

Bow ties also adapt well to older boys. You can choose from colors like grey, navy blue or beige for summer. Red, blue and coral are also great for summer, since they’re bright and vibrant.

How to Dress Your Boys for a Wedding

6. When is the right time to buy clothing for a wedding?

Our last piece of advice isn’t so much about how to dress your boys, but rather when to buy their clothing. Don’t start buying things a year or even several months ahead of time. Remember that children grow quickly and are prone to growth spurts .

It’s best to wait until about 2 months before the event to choose outfits for babies, and 4 months for older children.

In some cases, you can create the perfect outfit for your children with items they already have in their closet. This saves you from having to purchase new clothing. Khaki pants, a floral button-down shirt and a light blazer – you can’t go wrong!

We hope that our list of tips about how to dress your boys for a wedding has been helpful. Remember, the most important thing is that you allow your children to enjoy the ceremony. Prioritize comfort, and your children will think of only one thing: Having fun!


This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.