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ABY Outfit Ideas: What To Wear To A Civil Wedding Ceremony (Under £200!)

It’s Wednesday guys! Which means only one more day to Friday, hehehe. I received an outfit request via my inbox and it’s taken me a while to come up with this one but I’ve finally finished it.

The request was sent in by Sheila and it reads:

“Hi. I really need your help and input on this. I have been invited to a friend’s civil wedding ceremony in August and I don’t know what to wear! I love dresses but everything I’ve seen is quite expensive. Do you have any ideas for affordable an affordable wedding attire. I love dresses. Preferably under £200? Thank you for assisting me. Sheila”

Wedding guest outfits are all the rage this season as so many people are getting hitched! So it’s pretty difficult to find occasion wear on the cheap side but it’s doable. I put a few combos together and hope these help.

Look 1

You did say you loved dresses and this dress right here is to die for! At only £43 (Was £145),this Untold Jacquard Print Dress is the perfect wedding guest skater. It may be summer but this navy and dark purple palette on this ensemble totally works!Add some sexy strappy sandals at only £40 from Shoespie with a beautiful embellished beaded party clutch from Aldo for only £29. This whole ensemble, including accesories rings in at £190. Not bad eh?

Civil Wedding Look 1

Untold blue dress

Black pumps
£40 – shoespie.com

ALDO evening handbag
£29 – aldoshoes.com

Roberta Chiarella gold jewelry
£16 – maxandchloe.com

Sole Society cuff bracelet
£29 – solesociety.com

MAC Cosmetics lipstick
£9.35 – bloomingdales.com

Smashbox eyeshadow
£16 – beauty.com

Boohoo bright eye makeup
£3.51 – boohoo.com

Essie nail polish
£4.97 – beauty.com

Look 2

If like myself, this summer sunshine goodness has put you in the mood for some hot maxi dresses then you’ll love Look Number 2! This hot pink one shoulder pleated maxi dress from Miss Selfridge will set you back £55. Highlight your pedicure with these gold metallic sandals by Steve Madden, add a satin clutch for taste and you’re good to go. Total outfit price, £155.


Civil Wedding Look 2

Miss Selfridge long evening dress
£55 – missselfridge.com

Sasha purse
£28 – lordandtaylor.com

Emitations rhinestone jewelry
£17 – bluefly.com

Lips makeup
£13 – toofaced.com


Look 3

This £49 coral dress from Coast which is on the House of Fraser sale was just begging to be paired with something bright and fun. I couldn’t resist adding this lemon braided detail slingbacks by Charles & Keith. This ensemble is fun, girly and bright. Plus it all comes up to only £165. Who doesn’t love a bargain?

Wedding Outfit 3

Coast low back dress

CHARLES & KEITH mustard shoes
£33 – charleskeith.com

Accessorize woven handbag
£26 – accessorize.com

Rhinestone dangle earrings
£8.76 – modcloth.com

PUR lips makeup
£20 – yslbeautyus.com

Look 4

This £50 Lily Kimono Dress by Oasis is the cutest little dress. The print is spot on trend and the nude Steve Madded sandals complement it so well. This is more of a dress down vibe but the £27 Forever New Luxe Satin Clutch and heels make it dress so it would work perfectly for a civil ceremony if worn right. What do you think? Would you wear it? Outfit rings in at £177.


Civil Ceremony Look 4

Oasis cap sleeve wrap dress

Steve Madden buckle shoes
£58 – zooshoo.com

Forever New pink handbag
£27 – forevernew.com.au

Roman numeral watch
£12 – nastygal.com

Stone drop earrings

Sole Society bracelets bangle
£15 – solesociety.com

Elizabeth Arden lip gloss makeup
£13 – elizabetharden.com

Which outfit is your pick?

How did I do? Hope these are of help Sheila. Have fun at the ceremony!

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Please email any feature or outfit queries to artbecomesyou@yahoo.com.

Love & Light 

Lydie xx

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