Unless you’ve planned (and paid for!) your own wedding, you are probably blissfully unaware of how expensive it can be to put together. It’s a tough call for the happy couple to decide which they want more; inviting everybody they know to the wedding, or not being declared bankrupt by doing so (if only there was. some sort of Wedding Planner)!
Thankfully there is a compromise; inviting colleagues and distant friends and family to the afters. It makes perfect sense for the couple, but can leave some guests feeling confused. Should you still dress up in one of your best evening dresses? Or will you get away with your usual Saturday night gear?
Here are the dos and don’ts of the “afters” explained, as well as some great plus size dresses for weddings to tempt you with.
Replacing Fascinators with Bling
So, unlike the tradition of wearing a hat for the ceremony and day-time wedding, for the afters you can leave your fascinator at home. I mean how are you going to dance to Single Ladies and The Hills of Donegal when you’re holding your hat in place?! No, no, no. It just can’t happen.
Opt for some statement jewellery instead like this colourful Pop Sports Collar over this beautifully patterned Savoir Embellished Tunic. Cover up with this Fringe Crop Jacket and keep your various bits and pieces in this spacious Guess Crossbody Bag.
The Dress You Can Wear Again Next Saturday Night
Another dress that’s perfect for girls of any size is this Little Mistress Embellished Skater Dress. Cover up with this chic Definitions Kimono Jacket and accessorise with this cool swinging Miss KG Honey Crossbody Bag and Lipsy Stretch Butterfly Ring.
Without going too crazy, it’s acceptable to wear a shorter skirt to the wedding’s afters. The church part will be out of the way, and older, disapproving aunties tend to retire to bed shortly after the meal in anyways.
The Irish Wedding, Audrey Hepburn Style
This vintage-style So Fabulous Lace Bardot Skater Dress is so elegant and classic, you might be mistaken for Audrey Hepburn (if Audrey Hepburn stuffed her face with cocktail sausages for a 3am breakfast instead of heading to Tiffany’s, that is!).
Add some subtle pattern and colour with this Definitions Floral Printed Jacket and hold onto this gorgeous Bea Turn Lock Purse to complete the look.