I’ve heard they take serious planning… the words ‘military’ and ‘precision’ spring to mind.
I’ve also heard they can be quite the stress inducer… agonising over the outfit, the hair, the shoes… and that’s just the guests!
Nonetheless there’s nothing quite like a wedding to get my fashion heart racing. They present the perfect opportunity to ‘go all out’ and indulge in the kind of primping and preening that takes a full 72 minutes, and then some.
The wishing bit…
Last minute wrangling over what to wear is certainly not where you want to be a few short days before a major event but I already had a ‘plan B’ in mind.
WishWantWear is an online designer dress-hire agency that offers an affordable way to dazzle in current season designer dresses for less than you would spend to own a high street equivalent.
I’m not one to wear statement dresses over and over again (I know, we all have our vices don’t we?) so dress-hire offers the perfect solution to dazzle without the guilt of knowing that said statement dress is destined for the back of your wardrobe.
Then there’s the wanting…
The WishWantWear website offers such a broad selection that I was spoilt for choice but I had a checklist for my dress of choice!
1- Not white. For obvious reasons.
2- Not black. A request from the bride, and what the bride says goes. T’is the law.
3- Accommodating. For when your inevitable food baby decides to make an appearance.
The Badgley Mischka dress, below, eventually emerged the victor. Deep purple, glamorous and with enough elastane to allow inevitable baby to grow. Perfect.
As promised the dress arrived, special delivery, on the morning of the chosen day. Being the ‘belts and braces‘ girl I am I opted for the free offer of an extra size… just in case.
The package included two dresses, a prepaid return envelope and a postcard of instructions.
The first port of call was a photograph, naturally.
Once I slipped it over Amara my panic was over. The dress is just the right amount of elegance; simple with enough detail to transition from day, to night, with ease.
And now for the wearing…
The day of the event was unexpectedly sublime.
Warnings of rain diminished in the presence of a sky the shade of blue some would [mistakenly] think that only Photoshop could achieve.
A good omen, surely?
The venue was magnificent, picture perfect against the backdrop of emerald green and sapphire blue, imposing, even when photographed in black and white.
The guy was deliciously dapper. Decked in black and white, with a pair of distinctive Gucinari brogues to match.
and the girl?
Well, she loved the dress, lost her shoes [just so she could dance with the guy] and generally had a fantastic time.
Who said weddings were stressful?