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ApollO88 Sun 26-Jul-15 16:34:49

afternoon ladies. me and DP are getting married. we had originally planned a "shotgun" style wedding with just 2 witnesses and our son. Purely to legalise what we already have just before DS starts big school and to celebrate our 5yr anniversary. I then had the bright idea to have our mums be the witnesses. brilliant. everyone happy. the it spiralled out of control. DP got guilt tripped into inviting more family members. i agreed as long as it was still under 20 people and that i still got to wear the pretty floral skater dress i bought for original small private ceremony. People think im mad. I've attached pic of the dress
Tell me about your "alternative" wedding attire ladies. I refuse to wear a proper wedding dress. its just not me!

Dfg15 Sun 26-Jul-15 16:36:50

That dress is lovely ! It's your wedding wear whatever makes u happy x

glenthebattleostrich Sun 26-Jul-15 16:37:01

Love your dress and wish we'd had that sort of wedding instead of being guilted into something bigger.

postmanpatscat Sun 26-Jul-15 16:38:52

Wear whatever the hell you like and thumb your nose at the lot of them. Whose wedding is it anyway?!

Pippidoeswhatshewants Sun 26-Jul-15 16:40:09

Lovely dress, I got married in a pinstripe suit.

Backforthis Sun 26-Jul-15 16:41:10

Wear whatever you want as long as you won't be upset that some of the guests might be dressier than you.

ApollO88 Sun 26-Jul-15 16:51:37

the people attending have been told its posh casual, jeans are more than acceptable if paired with a shirt. So i'm not concerned about being upstaged. i didn't want to be staged in the first place hence the original idea of the private ceremony. we're a very private couple. we're both children of large families and very much enjoyed the quieter side of life with just 1 DC. The guest list is his parents, my parents, our siblings and a best friend each. so my theory is; they all know i'm not a dressy person. I'm not going to change the habit of a life time for the sake of "traditional" wedding attire

Nolim Sun 26-Jul-15 17:01:08

Nice dress.
A friend of mine got married in a red dress, there were 4 guests abd they had a great time.

Glitteryfrog Sun 26-Jul-15 20:37:55

I'm probably going to wear a coloured ballgown.
Wear what makes you feel happy and look beautiful.

ChazzerChaser Sun 26-Jul-15 20:41:21

I didn't wear a 'wedding dress' dress. My husband was the only man at the entire wedding who didn't wear a tie.

RandomMess Sun 26-Jul-15 20:43:16

Wear what you feel good in!!! I wore a green embroidered "bridesmaid" dress, even though it was in church as a person with faith it was my 2nd marriage had 3 dc together somehow white/ivory just didn't feel right for me!

GrouchyKiwi Sun 26-Jul-15 20:45:35

I wore a greeny gold dress. This white tradition is just that, a tradition.

The dress is pretty.

JulesJules Sun 26-Jul-15 20:48:43

Lovely dress! Our wedding was originally just going to be me, DH, my sister and her dp as witnesses, then we ended up saying the parents could come too. So 9 of us, including vicar. I wore a dark green velvet dress, DH wore black jeans and jacket, no tie. Enjoy your day!

RiverTam Sun 26-Jul-15 20:54:31

I wore a black, grey and white prom-style dress with killer red stilettos. 2nd marriage, DD already with us, why wear a white dress - that ship sailed long ago!

BitterChocolate Sun 26-Jul-15 21:01:59

I would say, with firm intent, "if anyone else tries to tell me what sort of wedding I should have, we will be eloping by ourselves and all you will get to see are the photos". Say it every time until they all shut up. Don't give them any details, don't bargain 'I'll do this if I'm allowed to do that'. They can turn up on the day and either like it or lump it.

Have fun! (I love your dress.) grin

Sansfards Sun 26-Jul-15 21:06:49

Can't see the dress on this app but it doesn't matter anyway because it's your day (you and the other half) so do exactly what you want to do. Nothing more, nothing less. Congratulations!

Indole Sun 26-Jul-15 21:07:09

I wore jeans and we had a totally private wedding with just my brothers as witnesses. Your dress is lovely and totally fine for a wedding. Wear what you like and have the wedding you want. Tell anyone who disagrees that they don't have to come.

TheyreMadITellYouMaaaad Sun 26-Jul-15 21:08:28

I didn't want to wear a wedding dress, either. I wanted something more like a cocktail dress, but nothing I tried on felt right. Then I came across a lovely ivory suit with a long jacket, which I wore with silk shoes and a flamboyant hat, and I felt fabulous.

I can only think of one wedding I have been to, where the bride dressed 'traditionally'.

My favourite bridal outfit (apart from my own, of coursegrin) was one the bride had made herself: a short, floaty, lemony yellow shift dress with multiple gauzy layers, a fine transparent veil hanging down behind her to her ankles, both dress and veil scattered with silk flowers in a cascade of colours.

Wear what you feel good in, and enjoy your day.

Liara Sun 26-Jul-15 21:10:30

I wore an orange suit - bought the day before at 7pm when my mum freaked out at the idea of me wearing jeans and a t-shirt, which is what I had been intending.

Still, I guess it was a nice suit and she paid for it, so what the hell.

ancientbuchanan Sun 26-Jul-15 21:11:39

Wedding dresses the White variety only came in with queen Victoria. It was always otherwise your best or a new dress. I think it looks great. What shoes and any jewellery and how will you do your hair? I always think a completely new hair style that makes one look unrecognisable such a mistake in most cases..

forcookssake Sun 26-Jul-15 21:11:48

I'll be wearing a teal swing dress and lots of people have seemed surprised. But I wouldn't tell anybody else what to wear so I expect the same courtesy!

Lightattheend Sun 26-Jul-15 21:12:31

I wore a beautiful cream trouser suit, we had no flowers no speeches no cake. (no cake is the only regret!) your dress is lovely, you do it your way and have a wonderful time ��

BastardGoDarkly Sun 26-Jul-15 21:15:24

I wore a crochet midi dress with brown Dr marten boots. Honestly, its your day, doing anything other than exactly what you want is foolish.

Have a great day!

TheOriginalWinkly Sun 26-Jul-15 21:18:07

I wore a wedding dress, because it was what I wanted to wear. You should also wear what you want. Your wedding your choice, if they don't like it they don't have to come.

Indole Sun 26-Jul-15 21:21:52

We only had a cake because one of my brothers decided to buy one. It was a lovely strawberry affair from Patisserie Valerie.

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