As a lot of you know, I wanted (and needed) to clothe myself and all four kids on a budget for the recent Wedding we attended.
I planned to do this by buying as little as I could, making do with what we already had.
For myself, I wore a dress I have owned for quite some time. My Dead Thread Cherry Dice Print Dress. It’s not a traditional look for a wedding, but I don’t seem to suit traditional.
I love this dress, as I can wear it to parties, gigs, festivals and even a wedding, just by dressing it up in different ways.
Danny was also sorted, he had smart grey trousers from Next and a shirt and tie from Peacocks. He needed a new jacket or something to wear over his shirt, I found this Skull Knitted Jacket again from Peacocks, in the sale for £5. Again, not everyone would wear skulls to a wedding, but that’s the way we roll! 😉
Ignore the fruit shoot bottle! As I explained in the wedding post, we were in a rush to get ready and had less time for photos than we hoped.
Then there were the girls.
Isabelle wore a lovely dress from Tesco Baby Boutique that she was given for Christmas. It was in the sale and again a good price. Her shrug is also Tesco Boutique, and was passed onto her from her big sisters.
Her bib (which I should have taken off for the picture but I wanted her to keep clean for the wedding) was from Next.
Caitlyn was fortunate to recently be given a lot of “hand me downs” from her slightly older cousin, Cerys. Lots of lovely clothes from Next, Tesco, George at Asda, M&S to name a few. I immediately spotted two prom dresses and put them aside for the wedding. I wanted one for her to wear on the day and one for a spare (just in case and yes she did need to use it!).
|Caitlyn (front of photo)|
Here she is, in her first dress, a “Pre-loved” Next Blue Cat Print Prom Dress. I only had to buy her a new White Shrug from Next for £7. She has already had good use out of this shrug.
Then, when she needed a change, she wore another “Pre-loved” Next Blue Stripe Prom Dress.
Rebecca had grown out of all her party and smart dresses, so we did have to look for a new dress for her. We thought about these dresses…
But, eventually decided on this one:
Which, you can see, she loved!
|Rebecca on the right|
It was only £16. A bargain! It will be worn at many a party…and passed onto Caitlyn then Isabelle.
She wore it with this Cream Shrug.
I ordered Rebecca’s outfit, along with Caitlyn’s Shrug and, as always, the parcel was delivered the next day by the friendly Next Courier (who I have got to know well over the years).
Living in a rural area, it can be hard to find the clothes you want, so I find Next Online really helpful. I always used to buy my Petite Worksuits from there, and Next sell the best quality school uniform that I have found so far.
My mum offered to buy the girls shoes for the wedding as an Easter present. I just gave her the description “White Sandals“, she chose very well. White Flower Sandals, again from Next. The younger sizes come with a velcro fastening and the larger shoe sizes came with a buckle fastening.
So, there is no need to splash out on brand new outfits for all the family for a wedding. The most important thing is being there to celebrate the special day with the bride and groom, not how much money you’ve spent on your family outfits.
I hope this post helps others who have got a wedding coming up soon.