Finding the perfect pageboy outfits
As with choosing dresses for your flower-girls, it is important that your pageboys feel comfortable in their little outfits – anything to avoid a tantrum on the day! However, generally speaking, it can be even harder to take pageboys shopping, as little boys are prone to making a fuss – especially when standing still for long periods of time while you dress them up!
As pageboys are usually so young, high-street shops tend to sell their outfits by age; however, this does not necessarily mean the best fit, so it really is essential that your pageboys try them on!
Specialist wedding boutiques will usually work from measurements in order to achieve an accurate fit. If you think your pageboys may make a fuss of being measured in a shop, you could always take the measurements at home and bring them along with you.
What should you measure?
First things first, take a note of each child’s height, right from the top of his head. Next, measure his waistline, followed by the fullest part of his chest, and finally, his neck.
Once you have your child’s measurements written down, you are set to go! In order to carry out a productive suit-hunt, it’s probably best to start with an image in your head of the kind of outfit you are after. A good beginning would be to get online and familiarise yourself with pageboy suits that are commonly available, as these are likely to be similar in style to the outfits you will find when you start shopping.
The next step is to think about the colour and style of your wedding, then try to find a suit that complements your theme, as well as your wedding dress. It will also help to have a clear image in your head of the style of suit your fiancé will be wearing, as traditionally pageboy outfits are similar in style.
So, who pays for the pageboy outfits?
This is always an awkward topic. If you will be including young children in your wedding party, make sure you tell their parents as soon as possible so they have time to get used to the idea. They may offer to pay for the outfits, and if not, most brides tend to compromise. Your could suggest that while you will pay for the suits, the parents could pay for accessories such as the shoes – after all, they can always wear these again!
Working to a budget?
If you’re working to a budget, you are quite likely to find a style of suit you like at a local high-street store for a competitive price. You could also think about carrying out a Google search in order to find shops that allow you to hire pageboy outfits. Or, if your pageboys already own some smart trousers and a white shirt, you may only need to find them a matching tie and some smart shoes and their outfit is complete!
Practice makes perfect!
Some small children are likely to find the idea of being the centre of attention a little daunting, so it’s best to let them know as soon as possible in order for them to grow comfortable with the idea.
It is more than likely that small boys won’t be familiar with wearing formal clothes, so after you have chosen their outfits, make sure they are able to prance around the house wearing their new clothes before the big day! As well as preparing them for the wedding, this will also allow time for them to let you know about any annoying rubs or itches!
Involve the pageboys in the decision-making
It is ultimately your decision to select the pageboys’ attire, but you could consider letting the boys choose a little part of their outfit – such as their shoes or socks! If they feel involved in the decision-making, they are much more likely to behave themselves, both during the shopping and on your wedding day!
As with flower-girl dresses, don’t choose your pageboy outfits too far in advance, or they may have outgrown them before your wedding date comes around!