I’ve just returned from my 7th wedding of the year. I couldn’t count the numerous champagne ‘clinks’ or canapés devoured but if all the wedding catering I’d consumed was laid out before me (much like a diet programme) I’m sure it would cover quite some surface area. I’ve got a total of 11 this year which is a full calendar when you also consider the hen-party commitments that go with them. Despite appearances I don’t have an overabundance of friends; I just seem to have hit a peak year whereby age, multiplied by boyfriend’s friends plus family functions equates to a bumper wedding season.
In summary so far:
1 x destination wedding in Bali
2 x church weddings
2 x Cornish coastal weddings
1 x Indian wedding
1 x Welsh wedding
I was a bridesmaid at my sister’s and one is actually mine so it’s not just been a succession of parties…at some I’m actually expected to take part. Obviously gift lists, accommodation and travel take up the bulk of expenditure so on a few occasions I’ve, gasp, worn the same dress. I don’t think outfit replication is quite the offence it’s considered and I’m in good company as high-profile outfit recycler Kate Middleton must have had those LK Bennett pumps re-heeled thrice this summer alone. Also it seems unreasonable to commit to a whole new ensemble when male guests only have to alternate a grey/navy suit and grapple with a simple tie selection. No fair.
Here’s a rundown of my 7 seven wedding guest looks of 2012. With a few key dresses and jackets you can mix and match with existing accessories to create the illusion of an endless wardrobe full of chapel-to-disco appropriate outfits.
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Apparently some couples are reluctant to get married in ‘unlucky for some’ 2013 so perhaps it’ll be a quieter year. I can kick back and cash in those motorway miles in anticipation of 2015 when I’ll be chronicling my busy summer of *gulp* baby showers.