Over the weekend Mr Thrifty and I headed south for the wedding of a university friend, being frugal minded the price of celebrating our friend’s big day weighed heavy on our mind. Not wanting to scrimp on a wedding gift or getting blindly drunk in celebration of their marriage we scrimped on our outfits instead. Wedding guest outfits can cost an absolute fortune especially when you consider most women buy a new dress, shoes and even a hat to look good on a big day, shopping second hand means you can save your cash to buy the bride and groom lots of lovely booze not to mention a greasy hangover cure. I took these photos when we got home after the wedding. I was going to take some at the hotel but it turns out Travelodges are grim (who knew?) and the Pimms, champers and wine laid on by the bride’s family mixed in with some fab new friends from the North East and older friends meant I was off my face by about 4pm. Classy, non?
– Things to check when buying a second hand wedding guest outfit
– Sniff the pits and check for yellow stains. You don’t want to stink out a wedding.
– Check the seams, you don’t want them giving out after one too many slices of cake.
– Make sure the item is easy to move in. Let’s face it, if you’re going to tear up the dance floor you want to do so in comfort.
– Check for spillages. There are lots and lots of drinks on tables at weddings and dresses are easily stained. Make sure a dry cleaner can get the stain out before deciding to wear it.
– If buying a hat make sure you know how to attach it to your head so that it stays there all day. Youtube has lots of good tutorials. Mr Thrifty’s outfit was a vintage suit and tie (which every single member of the wedding party raved about the whole day, way to go Mr Upstager) which I’ll share with you another time and mine was a charity shop dress, supermarket cardigan and vintage hat.We couldn’t wouldn’t do it any other way.