For many people, a christening or baptism is a special occasion to begin your child’s Christian journey while also celebrating their arrival with friends and family. As a christening is a joyous and proud event, it’s important to dress appropriately for the occasion.
Here are a few suggestions on how to dress your child for their christening:
Traditional Christening Gown
If your little lady or man is the star of the show, they need to dress the part, so why not consider dressing them in a traditional christening gown to mark the occasion?
A christening gown is usually a white or cream dress-like garment a baby of either gender can wear. Often, the christening gown is much longer than the child christened — particularly when worn by a young or tiny baby. Although this isn’t a requirement, the christening gown has wonderful symbolism, which can make the day even more meaningful for you and your family.
Your child’s christening gown could be a simple white nightgown or for something extra special (you’re only christened once, after all). Why not dress them in a luxurious white dress that you can pass down the generations? Many families keep a “family” christening gown, worn by successive family members on their christening day, so it becomes a treasured heirloom. Some are hand-stitched or beautifully embroidered, so there are many styles to choose from. Browse our christening gown inspiration.
Alternatively, if you prefer to steer away from the traditional gown, there are plenty of other options to take the dress code down a notch for the main star. You could select a onesie or a christening romper suit reminiscent of the Victorian era, with a frilly bottom that covers their nappy.
A pretty party dress or a short sleeve shirt and bow tie are also great choices as they adhere to the formality of the event — but also allow your little one the freedom to move around comfortably. They don’t have to be cream or white either, but to suit the happy mood of this occasion, lighter and pastel colours can do no wrong.
Whether you decide on a traditional gown or a modern option, christening accessories are the perfect accompaniment for your special one’s day. Little white socks, booties or shoes look adorable, as does a matching bonnet or hat. Headbands are another stylish addition that can include a satin or lace bow to complete the outfit.
Finally, if your child is still tiny, a lovely soft christening shawl will keep them snug and warm — and still looking gorgeous in their outfit. It also makes the perfect christening gift, or you can pass it onto other little ones in the family.
David Charles have a whole range dedicated to special occasion dresses that showcase the finest David Charles craftsmanship and design. Browse our full collection and add some couture appeal to your next special event.
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