There have been parts of the wedding-planning budget that have been not so much fun, so let’s own that here. Conversely, there have been parts of wedding planning that I’ve really enjoyed. One of my favorite things to do is to plan “outfits” for events, and I have totally (to saturation point) embraced that, along with the “brides wear white” tradition. From the very beginning.
Celebrating my engagement with Bridesmaid S
Venue hunting with Bridesmaid L
Playing pinata baseball at my New Orleans shower
It’s a little silly, but I’m a little silly. And now that we’re officially in the wedding windup, I have several upcoming wedding events to plan for, and I’ve really enjoyed getting outfits together. Over the last year, I’ve hit some sales and had some good finds, and Mom Archer and another bee have helped too. Not gonna lie, I’ve got a wardrobe lineup I’m really excited to wear!
For my upcoming shower in New York, I snagged this dress for 65% off on a flash-sale site, after a bit of a hunt. I had missed it a few other times on sale, and was determined. It’s clearly mostly not white, but it will be rewearable post wedding and I think it’s adorable. Those Bandolino wedges were clearanced on endless.com for like 50 bucks, and I needed new white wedges anyway. I ordered like four pairs to try on and promptly sent the other (more expensive) pairs back.
I’ve got a shower in Los Angeles coming up soon too, and my mom found me this pretty white sundress on clearance at Lord and Taylor. I’ll be wearing it with those strappy Kate Spade heels I found on eBay for under $40 shipped, some hot pink lipstick, and a fun themed accessory TBD.
Glam I Am dress via Lulu’s
For my bachelorette night—planned for the Thursday before the wedding—I may wear this dress I ordered. I really like it, but on my body, it’s doing a LOT. I’m waiting to see how I feel in it post-alterations. If I feel too self-conscious/ trying too hard, I might just pull something from my closet or hit up Rent the Runway.
Two dress pics via Anthropologie, last pic personal
I first spotted my rehearsal dinner dress at Anthropologie late last year. I tried it on and loved it, but thought it was too early to buy, and it was far spendier than I wanted. But by the time I was actively shopping this spring, I realized it’s perfection. But it was sold out everywhere, except for listings on eBay that were either wrong-sized or ransom-priced. Then one day I got onto the ’Bee, and Mrs. Dalmatian’s post about her rehearsal dinner dress was at the top—the dress I was looking for! As fast as my fingers could fly, I messaged her offering to buy it post wedding. It turned out to be a size smaller than I had tried on, but I’ve lost a bit of weight so I crossed my fingers…and when it arrived, it fit perfectly! I’m honestly a bit obsessed with this dress—the cut, the shimmery fabric, the full skirt, that amazeball back—and I can’t wait to wear it. I’m still looking for shoes for this, because it’s sometimes silvery and sometimes golden—maybe an accent color? Any suggestions?
I do still need one more dress—to change into after the wedding. We’re definitely post-partying downtown, and I won’t want to wear my gown for sure. I’ve tried a few things on, and ordered-and-returned a few others. Mom Archer has an idea for something that sounds pretty fab, so I’m just letting her make it. She knows how to dress my body, and though she sometimes wants me to dress a little too trendy, she gets my style. So I’m on board for just about anything she comes up with, and if I randomly hate it, she’ll either whip up something else (I know how ridiculous that sounds, but it is true) or I’ll change back into my rehearsal dinner dress.
And of course, there is still the matter of my wedding dress…we’ll wrap up TWDC with Part Three, up next!
How did you feel about wearing “bridal white” pre-wedding? Did you plan special outfits for wedding events? If so, where did you find them?