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My thrifty wedding outfit

So… I’ve given you our wedding photos in four installments (1, 2, 3, and 4) but I haven’t said anything yet about the clothes. And this being a fashion blog of sorts, I thought I better.

Because I am really proud of these outfits. They both look great, even if I say so myself. The reason I am particularly proud of them is that I spent just £267.50 on the two of them. Now I say it like that, it doesn’t sound that thrifty, but that is for both whole outfits, including the shoes, accessories, hair and everything. Not too bad isn’t it, considering most proper wedding dresses are a grand, and everything with the word wedding in it is marked up about 300%.

Because I truly believe if you just think about these things a little differently, and let go of what a wedding dress should look like you can do amazing things with not too much money. Neither of the dresses are wedding dresses, but it’s not as if I looked completely normal and un-wedding-like either.

Anyway, enough rambling, lets have some pictures and some outfit stats!

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The dress is from the Brick Lane Beyond Retro. It was only £30, and I bought it thinking I wasn’t going to keep looking for another, more fancy/eveningy dress, and keep this one as a back up. But although I did look for a bit, I quickly started thinking of this dress as my wedding dress, mainly due to the lucky arrival of the main accessory: the hat.

I kept scouring etsy for a hat and nothing was quite right, and then I saw Sarah Misfit wear this wonderful thing in an outfit post. And it was exactly what I was looking for, so as you can see from my comment, I got right in there and enquired as to its origins. And, being the wonderful person that she is, she sent it to me! Thank you thank you thank you! Hurrah for blogger friends!

The bag is also vintage, from Circa Vintage in Glasgow. Its from the 1930s according to the lovely seller lady, though it goes perfect;ly with the 50s/60s dress! It was £35.

The most expensive thing were the shoes, which are Clarks Originals and the exact same type as a pair I already had (and wore to the reception) but in a different colour. I got them off the Clarks website for £70. If I’d been a bit more organised I might have found them cheaper elsewhere. There’s a person on ebay that has half price new Clarks Originals, but there weren’t any decent colours when I was looking.

The earrings I got off etsy from the seller sammi84 and they were $14. One of the few places where wedding appropriateness did not mean exorbitant prices.

The tights were £2 in the topshop sale and the fake pashmina I already had.

So there you are, total £151! I’ve gone on so much now that I’m going to leave the reception outfit until part 2 tomorrow.

Did anyone else have a thrifty wedding or other special occassion outfit? I’d love to see them!

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  • Rhianne 10 October 2011, 8:18 am

    this makes me incredibly excited about being thifty for my wedding (when/if haha) I hate the idea of spending so much money on them, my sister is getting married in May and I've been secretly horrified at the amount she has been willing to spend on things.

    You look gorgeous and the tights for £2 is amazing!! I said it last time about your wedding, but you're definitely my hero 🙂

    p.s. do you have ebay link for clarks shoes? My friend adores them and she'd love that!

  • oranges_and_apples 10 October 2011, 8:30 am

    I'm quite excited to be your hero! Thank you! it can definitely be done well and big without a 10 grand budget.

    I just did a search on eBay for Clarks originals and this person comes up loads. Can't remember the name just now.

  • Rhianne 10 October 2011, 9:22 am

    I'll have a look on there for her then, thanks love!

  • SACRAMENTO Amate 10 October 2011, 10:02 am

    You are both sooooooooooo gorgeous.
    Mil besos.

  • Misfits Vintage 10 October 2011, 11:59 am

    OMG Franca – you are such a beautiful bride! You wear that hat so well and I adore your gorgeous frock. Thanks so much for sharing these lovely photos – and thanks for the shout out!

    Sarah xxx

  • Clare B 10 October 2011, 1:20 pm

    I really love that dress too. It looks wonderful and you must be so pleased that you didn't end up spending the earth on looking good for the day. I've missed quite a bit of your wedding details in the last little bit but I'm off to back-track and find out more.

  • Jeannee Waseck 10 October 2011, 2:12 pm

    LOVE THIS!!!  Such a great wedding OOTD!  Best of success to you two!

  • Ambika B 10 October 2011, 3:15 pm

    You look lovely — I adore the outfit, it's like something I think I'd wear myself! And gosh, don't you both look *happy*

  • Grit and Glamour 10 October 2011, 4:27 pm

    Love the vintage feel of your dress and hat…and the kilt on your beloved! You look so happy. Congratulations!

  • Rebecca 10 October 2011, 5:19 pm

    Your outfit is lovely.  I like the hat a lot!

  • Citizen Rosebud 10 October 2011, 5:22 pm

    Your look is beautiful and quite a steal from the usual, expected expensive of wedding attire. I love the hat with the ensemble and knowing that it comes from Misfits Sarah, makes it all the more special!

  • Vanessa 10 October 2011, 5:43 pm

    This is lovely! Thanks for sharing the breakdown and where and how you chose all the components. I think you're so right about how as soon as you dismiss the "idea" of what a certain dress "should" be (ie what a wedding gown should look like, how much it should cost) you free yourself to select something so much more interesting, personal and memorable. I'm definitely going to remember this advice when shopping for a special occasion outfit! 

  • No Guilt Fashion 10 October 2011, 6:05 pm

    You look amazing in your thrifty wedding dress! Congrats on putting together a fantastic look for such a great price.

  • Sadie 10 October 2011, 6:43 pm

    Your outfits are both absolutely gorgeous!

    Funnily enough I was thinking about blogging about my wedding outfit this week, as it's our ninth anniversary on Wednesday. I didn't want to spend hundreds of pounds on a dress I would wear once, so I ended up with a plain cream ball-dress which was something like £40 in the sale at Debenhams, shoes which were about £20 in BHS and a Chinese-style silk jacket which I got in Monsoon – also half price! The most expensive bit of my outfit was my underwear, which was full price from Bravissimo!

  • Ceri 10 October 2011, 8:03 pm

    Such an amazing wedding outfit especially on a budget. I love the way you have done it your way, which makes it so much more memorable.  

  • Helen 10 October 2011, 10:04 pm

    How brilliant. I love seeing original wedding outfits. I am sick to death of seeing women in horrible strapless princess dresses that do nothing for them, don't suit their personalities and cost a months wages!

  • She is Sara 10 October 2011, 11:41 pm

    YAY!! You look beautiful!! Our wedding is next September and I am being thrifty too. I got my dress for $80 on Etsy, but it has to be taken in a little. I am waring black tights and berets and I just need shoes and earrings and to get my rings resized. I am having a blast looking through your wedding posts, you are such an inspiration 🙂 

  • Ashe @ Dramatis Personae 13 October 2011, 10:33 pm

    You're both so beautiful! I love how thrifty you were with both outfits, because weddings get SO RIDICULOUS anymore.  What you chose seems to complement your personality so well, and I don't know that I could think of anything better for you.

    Congrats to you both!