Her wedding dress is sorted - it's gorgeous and suits her beautifully, but I'm afraid you'll have to wait for the photos (obviously). So - what am I going to wear?
You have probably already sussed that I am reluctant to spend a lot of money on things that can't be used more than once. When we were trying on accessories (and having a good giggle at the same time), I was amazed at the prices being charged for items that frankly, I'd struggle to justify buying. Example - cream and navy straw hat = £100. Small red fascinator = £30. Plain mid-heel court shoes = £30. Er, no.
Luckily for me, I have a dress that I bought for a friend's wedding reception last year, and it still fits! It's a fitted shift dress in a fairly firm soft-sheen satin, in a floral red, gold and navy pattern. I also bought a red patent handbag. The shoes I wore then have been jettisoned purely because I couldn't keep the damn things on (mules from Nine West - perfect if you don't actually need to move). I liked wearing red shoes, so that's the first thing I went looking for.
Hurrah for charity shops! I found a brand new pair of red patent peep-toe court shoes with a wedge heel in a nearby Scope shop (£4) which are very comfy, flattering, and should be OK for walking, standing, dancing, etc. Now for the hat. I'm not exactly a wild social butterfly, so proper lady hats don't feature largely in my wardrobe - do they in yours? But this is my best friend's wedding. I must have a hat.
Remember those fascinators for £30? Well, when you look at them, there isn't really that much to them, is there? So I have gathered together a selection of bits, with the intention of creating my own unique headgear and not having a hissy fit if I stand on it, sit on it, lose it, break it or get it soaking wet - we are talking August in England, don't forget.
OK. The red straw hat is a child's sunhat from another charity shop (£1.50). It had a sad, flattened flower on the front (you can see where I cut it away from the crown at the bottom of the picture).
The flowers are all hair decorations from our local pound shop, as are the three plastic hairbands. Total cost of trimmings - £4. The colours haven't really come out as they are - the orchid is more golden, the rose is deep red and the navy chiffon flowers are darker than they appear. Anyhoo, I shall be wielding my glue gun and sewing needle shortly, so I'll make sure I get some photos of the finished article (however it turns out!)
Have a lovely crafty day!