Friday, 31 May 2013

What to Wear to a Wedding in a Stylish Town Hall (Midi Dress & Faux Fur)

Red print dress & faux fur shrug
My third wedding guest outfit for Wedding Week is... What to Wear to a Stylish Town Hall Wedding - my favourite type to dress for! Quite often town weddings are held in a swanky town hall, hotel or register office, so I think it gives you free reign to go uber-sophisticated. I love seeing wedding guests strolling through a city centre just before or after a wedding, if only really to see what they're wearing.

The brides I've seen in large cities like London and Bath most typically wear jackets, beaded dresses, sequins, etc., and the guests often have a cool, artistic or slightly retro feel to their outfits... I decided to go with that feel for this look. The animal print midi dress I wore in this post worked beautifully with the faux fur shrug; I love this 1940s inspired look!

Red print dress
Red print dress
Red print dress & faux fur shrug
Black veil
Red print dress & faux fur shrug
Here's my best tips for what to wear to a town wedding:
  1. Think chic sophistication. A town wedding often involves being dressed up and walking through crowds of shoppers, so you'll most probably be stared at - make it worth their while!
  2. A midi length is a good skirt length to go for as you can add patterned tights
  3. Faux fur shrugs or bolero jackets add a little retro touch and are practical if the weather isn't especially warm (great for the UK)
  4. Consider a small pillbox hat or veiled fascinator rather than a huge hat - how about making your own like I did?

It's my DIY fascinator that really makes this outfit I think - I wanted to prove that you don't have to spend a fortune on a hat or fascinator. (Many of the ones in the shops are way over-priced for a few feathers on an Alice band - not exactly value-for-money...!) This is what I used to make mine, with costings:
  • A length of birdcage veiling (I got mine from eBay) £4.20
  • A wool felt base especially for fascinators (eBay) £2.49
  • A plain spring hairclip (I had plenty of spare ones) £0.00
  • A flower corsage pin (I already owned one) £0.00
  • Needle and thread or glue gun

Total cost of my fascinator: £6.69 (a total bargain)! Assembling it is easy - simply glue or stitch the hairclip to the underside of the base, then gather the veiling along one of the long edges with a running stitch through the holes. Arrange it on top of the base so that it covers your face at the length you'd like it to sit, then stitch into place. Cover the stitching with the flower pinned on top - that's it! The hairclip will hold it in place to your hair, and a few kirby grips [bobby pins] are handy to keep the veiling down and in place as well.

There'll be two more posts for Wedding Week; on Sunday I'll suggest What to Wear to a Wedding Evening Reception - forget having to dress for church, that calls for a party outfit!

Got any great tips for outfits to wear to town weddings? How dressed up did you get for ones you've attended - let me know!

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Dress: Asos, Faux fur shrug: Debenhams, Heels: Aldo, Fascinator: DIY, Clutch: Unknown, Tights: Unknown, Oui/Non Bracelets: Asos, Watch: Debenhams, Rings: New Look / Asos / Debenhams, Nails: Barry M Berry Ice Cream

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  1. I love that dress and you did an amazing job on that DIY fascinator :)

  2. I think this is my favorite so far this week!

  3. Replies
    1. Haha I'm spoiling you with all these dresses aren't I, Sacramento..??!!! Thanks my lovely :)

  4. Such a great post!! You look gorgeous my dear, one of my faves!! Love the animal print dress and the dark navy shrug is gorgeous, it creates even more beautiful depth and with such sophistication! :)

    Take care,
    Daniella xox

    1. Oh Daniella you always pay me the loveliest compliments!! Thank you so much xoxo

  5. I love the dress, fantastic outfit!!!! xx

  6. Hello my dear!
    Very cute dress!
    I love the look!
    Have a lovely evening!

  7. you are stunning! i LOVE that dress! such a great fit and design!

  8. Loveeee your dress, it's awesome with the beautiful clours, so inspiring.. :D

  9. Brilliant! So sophisticated. This is my fave too.

  10. Perfect. Breathtaking. You look a million dollars. So nice...

  11. The last photo is so stunning & I love the 1940's feel to it! Women were so glam back then! Its a gorgeous outfit for a town wedding! Andrea x

  12. I am in love with your fascinator and as a fan of the full face veil - Brava!

  13. great outfit:)

  14. This is stunning! What a fabulous dress and your hourglass figure is amazing!!
    Love the entire sophisticated look.

    Lady of Style

  15. Lovely idea to go uber chic for a city wedding. You'll look wonderful dropping into a upscale bar for champagne afterward, too!

  16. I actually am having a vintage-inspired wedding here in a few weeks, so this post is just especially lovely (well, I like all the wedding outfit posts, but this is my favorite!! I adore the fascinator especially and am impressed it was a DIY project!

  17. You really have an outstanding fashion sense! You really look sophisticated in that lovely red printed dress. I really appreciate the tips you have posted coz’ I’m not really good in fashion. So, thanks a lot for that. Anyway, I just stopped to see what’s new. Have a happy and bubbly weekend!

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  18. I love this look! Very sophisticated with a great vintage appeal. I don't know what speaks to me more, the hat or the fur or maybe it's both! Love it. Check out my scarf tying ideas and tutorial and let me know what you think:


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