Somewhere around a decade ago (geez what is it about talking about time in terms of decades that can suddenly make you feel really old really fast? Quick, somebody get me a Justin Bieber cd….STAT! Oh wait, I just called it a cd…Nevermind. I’m already a lost cause! :). But anyway, somewhere around a DECADE ago, I found myself alone in a strange country in the middle of a year-long study abroad program in England. I was placed in a residence hall with five new British flat mates. who eyed up their new American acquaintance with reserved curiosity. We spent that first night sitting around the kitchen table, making small talk about George W. Bush and pick up trucks. It was not off to a great start.
But somewhere in the days & months that followed, these five strangers became five of my best friends in the world. We did everything together. Dubbed ourselves “The Binghams Crew.” And a couple years later when I announced I was marrying a boy named Justin (What? Like Timberlake?), they all flew across an ocean to stand beside me. Just like they’d always done.
Fast forward a few more years, and now it’s our little Lou- Lou’s turn to take a walk down the aisle. So this summer, Justin & I will be returning the trans-atlantic wedding commute as we go back to merry old England to see one of the dearest friends of my life promise forever. Lou has also given me the HUGE honor of being one of the readers at her wedding. So a couple days ago, I fired off an email to her asking for advice on what one typically wears to an English wedding. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t expecting it to be that different from what the guests wear to weddings in America.
Boy-oh-boyyyy was I glad I asked. This is what she came back with:
*Guests tend to avoid wearing the same as the bridesmaids (in our case, purple & lilac)
* Green is thought to be highly unlucky
* And wearing all black here means you are against the wedding!
Honest to goodness, my go to wedding outfit as a guest is a poofy black cocktail dress & ruffly purple shoes. All I needed was a green bag & my outfit of disaster would have been complete! Yeaaaaa. That would have been awkward. Note to self: go shopping before July.
Then she hits me with THIS. Oh yea, and people do tend to wear a hat or fascinator.
Uhhh, who wears what to the where now???
A fascinator. Hmmm fascinating. Honestly, part of me kind of really wants to. I mean who among us doesn’t want to take a swing at channeling their inner Kate Middleton once in their life. In my head it would be awesome & would look something like this:
But the more I think about it, the more I start to think what I would actually end up looking like would be something a little more like this. Yea, yikes!
You guys. I don’t know. I’m scared!
Ok, ok so you tell me. What do you think? Do you think I should take the chance for that one shot of channeling my inner Kate Middleton? (I mean how often do opportunities to wear something like this on your head & it be totally socially acceptable come along??) Or do you think nothing is worth risking if it could mean winding up looking like one of the evil stepsisters from Cinderella? Because let’s be honest, “Drizella” doesn’t look good on anyone. Weigh in!
Happy Friday y’all!