Wedding Snippets #4: An Irish Affaire

It’s hard to say which of the four wedding looks I’ve had this year was my favourite – I’m torn between my pink tutu dress from Jones+Jones and this floral wonder, found just a few days before this lovely wedding near Wexford in Ireland.

I am so in love with this dress. It’s so different to anything else I’ve ever had and it didn’t cost a bomb, which leads to another of my points about what to wear to weddings…

Oasis dress worn with Primark necklace, Hobbs belt, bangles that were a gift, ring from Dubai, NW3 shoes and bag from Hong Kong.

Do you really, really have to spend a lot to look great for a wedding? I don’t believe in spending a lot on a wedding outfit. What is a lot to me? Anything over £100. I know that might not seem like a lot to many people, and who knows, if I were a CEO of a multi-million dollar corporation then maybe £100 wouldn’t mean a thing to me. But the reality is that I can’t and don’t wish to go bananas. If you’re unsure about how much to spend, just ask yourself how many times you’ll wear the dress afterwards. In my case I’m not the most practical of girls when it comes to fashion and am well aware I won’t be wearing these dresses on a regular basis – another reason why I don’t see any point in spending lots.

I found this dress in Oasis for about £35 – its original price was £65. Nowadays most lower and upper high-street stores tend to have some sort of a sale all year round, so it’s easy to find pretty pieces with a friendly price tag. What immediately drew me to this dress was its beautiful colours (How the heck did I get so into florals?!) and 50’s vibe – I absolutely love 50’s fashion but have never owned anything the least bit reminiscent of that decade. I felt like a desperate housewife in it and mean that in a good way – I think I could definitely get away with wearing this to a fancy dress party…

For those of you wondering, my friend’s dress was from ASOS!

I rarely ‘agree’ with the choice of belts that come with dresses and this time it wasn’t any different – so I wore it with this red belt found at a Hobbs sample sale a few years ago. Luckily it tied in with the colours – much better if I may say so than the original orange belt…

Another thing I don’t really believe in is buying a new pair of shoes and clutch or bag – most of us girls have too many of those already! Also, I love small bags but wedding-like clutches tend to be that bit too small. This clutch may be quirky but it fits just the right amount of basics and its gold shade goes with almost every colour. The shoes were actually part of my work uniform and might not have been the exact same shade as the belt but still did the job perfectly. 

This is another good reason to have a neutral pair of heels and matching clutch – I wore my beige Louboutin heels to the weddings in Dubai and Seoul with completely different dresses.

This fairy tale setting was in Ballykealey Manor Hotel – I think my florals (and my friends’ too) worked well with the environment! Sadly I didn’t bring my fat camera with me to Ireland so my phone and friend’s camera did all the hard work for a change.

The wedding itself was fantastic – this dress was an easy one to dance in! It’s funny to think that at first I was considering wearing my Hobbs dress but ended up buying a new one instead – I’m so glad I did. It makes the memory just a little more colourful.

Pictures taken in Ballykealey Manor Hotel, County Carlow, Ireland, on July 11th 2014.



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