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6 Ridiculously over-the-top christening gowns

Chaunie Brusie is writer, speaker, and labor and delivery nurse. Her first book, Tiny Blue Lines, a guide to young motherhood, was released in May 2014. She writes about life as a young mom of three.

Baptism outfits cost how much?

I admit that when it came time for my kids' baptisms, I got pretty cheap.

For my eldest daughter, I went the route of kind of sort of forgetting altogether about baptism, so when I got around to remembering it, she was almost 6 months old already — turns out, those cutesy baptism dresses aren't really meant for babies that old. Luckily for me, there was one in the family that I was able to borrow, so for once in my life, procrastination saved me some serious cash.

The whole "borrowed baptism dress" thing worked out so well the first time, that for my second daughter, I borrowed another dress, this time from one of my husband's cousins. Score! And then I had my son, quickly followed by another daughter and I figured it was time to rethink my cheapskate ways.

I went the route of online shopping for their christening outfits — and couldn't help but laugh my head off at some of the ridiculous ensembles out there.

Made for a king

Baptism outfits cost how much?

But I mean, really, is this thing straight out of Prince George's closet? (The Christian Baby, $290)

Elizabeth silk christening gown

Baptism outfits cost how much?

Don't even worry about it, guys — this dress has actual crystals on it, so it's totally worth the giant price tag. (The Christian Baby, $425)

The Penelope gown

Baptism outfits cost how much?

No joke — this heirloom christening gown actually costs as much as my wedding dress did. And the matching "accessories" run another couple hundred bucks easy. (Christeninggowns.com, $475)

The designer gown

Baptism outfits cost how much?

Hey, maybe someday your son will thank you for spending $200 on a dress for him — I'm just not making any promises. (Christeninggowns.com, $198)

Dolce and Gabbana

Baptism outfits cost how much?

You can "complete the look" of this designer gown with a matching bib for a cool $195. And the booties are free. Just kidding — they're an additional $220. (Saks Fifth Avenue, $826)

Couture cover up

Baptism outfits cost how much?

Because you certainly wouldn't want your baby to get chilly in that expensive baptism gown, here is a reasonable option to keep her nice and cozy. Or you could buy her a car. Either way. (Saks Fifth Avenue, $1,875)

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