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  • Writer's pictureEmma Moore

10 Tips to Get Your Child Excited About Wearing a Bow Tie for a Wedding

Weddings are special occasions that call for everyone to look their best, including the youngest members of the wedding party. However, getting a child to wear a bow tie can sometimes be a challenge. Whether it's for the ring bearer, a junior groomsman, or a little guest, here are some helpful tips to encourage your child to embrace the bow tie and look adorable on the big day.

grandad and grandson wearing a tie

1. Make It a Fun Experience

One of the best ways to get a child excited about wearing a bow tie is to turn it into a fun experience. Instead of presenting the bow tie as a requirement, make it part of a game or an adventure. You can have a “dress-up” session where they try on different outfits, or even let them choose between a few bow ties to give them a sense of control and involvement.

2. Lead by Example

Children often look up to adults and older siblings. If they see someone they admire wearing a bow tie, they may be more inclined to wear one themselves. On the wedding day or during fittings, make sure key family members or friends are also sporting bow ties and making a big deal about how great they look. This positive reinforcement can go a long way.

3. Offer Choices

Giving a child a choice can make a big difference. Let them pick their bow tie from a selection of options. Whether it’s a favorite color, a fun pattern, or a bow tie featuring their favorite character, having a choice can make them feel more invested in wearing it. This sense of autonomy can turn resistance into enthusiasm.

Father and son at wedding with matching bow tie

4. Practice Wearing the Bow Tie

If a child is not used to wearing a bow tie, it might feel uncomfortable at first. Have a few trial runs before the wedding day. Let them wear the bow tie for short periods around the house to get accustomed to the feel of it. This can also help alleviate any discomfort or unfamiliarity they might experience on the actual day.

5. Use Comfort-First Bow Ties

Children can be particularly sensitive to how clothes feel. Ensure that the bow tie is made of soft, non-irritating materials. Adjustable or pre-tied bow ties can be more comfortable and easier to manage than traditional ones. Look for bow ties with a soft elastic band that won’t pinch or scratch.

father and son wearing bow ties

6. Pair with a Favorite Outfit

If the child has a favorite shirt or outfit, pair the bow tie with it during practice sessions. Associating the bow tie with clothes they already love can make them more receptive to wearing it. On the wedding day, make sure the bow tie complements the rest of their outfit to avoid any clashes that might make the child feel self-conscious.

7. Positive Reinforcement and Rewards

Praise and positive reinforcement can work wonders. Compliment the child on how great they look with the bow tie, and make sure others do the same. You can also use small rewards to incentivize wearing it. For example, promise a treat or a fun activity after the wedding if they keep the bow tie on.

8. Share the Bigger Picture

Sometimes, explaining the importance of the occasion can help. Tell them how special the wedding is and how their role and appearance contribute to the overall celebration. Show them pictures of other children wearing bow ties at weddings and talk about how nice they look.

9. Make It Part of a Costume

Children love playing dress-up. Frame the bow tie as part of a costume. Maybe they’re a secret agent, a movie star, or a character from their favorite storybook. This imaginative approach can make wearing a bow tie seem like an exciting part of a game rather than a formal requirement.

10. Capture the Moment

Turn the moment into a mini photoshoot session. Children often love being the centre of attention. Get the camera out and take a few photos, making sure to show them how fantastic they look. This can create a positive association with wearing the bow tie and being part of the event.

Kids bow tie

Getting a child to wear a bow tie for a wedding doesn't have to be a struggle. By making it fun, comfortable, and a part of something bigger, you can turn a potential challenge into an enjoyable experience. With these tips, your little one will be ready to step out in style, adding to the charm and elegance of the special day.

At Arsenic and Old Lace, we offer a wide range of children’s bow ties in various fabrics and colours. We can even create a custom design with that special fabric to make your child's bow tie unique. Explore our collection and find the perfect bow tie to make your child look adorable on the big day. Happy dressing!

xx Emma and the team

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