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Thrifty wedding outfits pt 2: the reception

As I mentioned yesterday, I thought I’d share some info about the dresses I wore for my wedding celebrations, including doing a little showing off about their value for money-ness!

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The main thing about this outfit is obviously the dress, which is from Vivien of Holloway. I knew I wanted to get one of those, because I have one already (as worn here at my sisters wedding), and I knew that they really work for me.

I also knew that the sizing of these dresses is all over the place, as in the same size will be completely different between dresses, even though they are the exact same cut and exact same fabric, so I went and actually tried things on in the shop, which was just as well, because out of the three size 14 dresses I narrowed it down to, one was so tight I could barely make it up, one was so wide it wasn’t holding anything in at all, and only one was right. I’m really surprised people don’t complain about this more actually.

But anyway, I don’t want to moan too much, because I do love the dresses, and their £69 price tag. And it was just as well only one fit me, because I was having major indecision problems and was in the shop for ages and ages. I’m really happy with this one, it’s white, so it’s kind of weddingy and not just like I went to a ball, but also has a funkyness about it with the cherries.

I didn’t in the end decide to go for any cherry themed accessories, but just these watermelony hair pins, which pick up the colours in the dress. The are from the etsy seller JujaCrafts and cost £7.50. I also got my hair done at the hairdressers which cost £40. It managed to stay up all night which is pretty good.

That was it for the cost of this outfit, because the tights were the same as the day before, and the shoes, crinoline and earring I already had. So, grand total £116.50! Not too bad eh!

And remember, I’d love to see your thrifty wedding or special occasion outfits, leave a comment with a link if you have one!

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  • veronicadarling 11 October 2011, 9:08 am

    Just beautiful Franca! I love your wedding dress, and this celebration dress is just as stunning! How great is that shot of you dancing? Love it! xoxo

  • Maven 11 October 2011, 2:23 pm

    Well you already know I love that dancing shot. It's perfect. You look adorable.

    I could write a book about thrifty special occasion outfits because I'm a professional singer and have acquired loads of thrifty concert gear over the years. But this is one of my favorites:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/mavenhaven/1305787039
    The dress is a vintage Don Luis de Espana dress I found in an antique mall for $5, the shoes were on clearance somewhere for $25, and the necklace was from a thrift store. That shot is from a friend's wedding but I did wear the dress for a performance another time.

  • By gum, by golly! 11 October 2011, 5:33 pm

    Yay for thrifty wedding outfits! My (non-traditional) vintage wedding dress was $59 on Etsy. The cowboy boots I wore were the much bigger splurge at about $160, but I've worn them oodles of times since, so I figured it was a good investment. Mel's vintage tie was about $40 and the rest of that outfit was from the closet already. 😉

  • Ashe @ Dramatis Personae 13 October 2011, 10:31 pm

    You look so incredible.  Oddly, I feel like from these (maybe because your hubby is with you in them), I get a greater sense of your personality.  You look so happy and alive in all of your photos. And your outfit– it's so darling and perfect.

  • Vanessa 14 October 2011, 8:04 pm

    I adore the photo of you two dancing, and I love this unconventional but still very special wedding look. You nailed it!

  • Simply Bike 20 October 2011, 1:23 am

    I'm a little late to this but these photos are amazing! The one of you two dancing is especially wonderful, what a great capture! I really loved all the details from your wedding, thanks for sharing these with us!

    S.