What to Wear to a Wedding? The Registry Office and Afternoon Tea*

What to Wear to a Wedding? The Registry Office and Afternoon Tea*

I got married in a registry office – it was a chocolate box guild hall, with black beams against white walls and I had to duck to get down the aisle.   I loved!

Registry offices have been popular for ever – they’re more intimate than a billowing church (and often substantially warmer) – and they’re substantially cheaper (often).

They also allow for a few more personal touches – a reading of Winnie the Pooh or Sex on Fire blasting out as the couple kiss (I wanted this at my wedding but husband disagreed – Scrooge).

Todays third instalment in my What To Wear to a Wedding series is perfect for an informal registry office weddding – and is comfy (and playful) enough for gorging on scones at the afternoon tea party reception.  I didn’t have one of these myself but my Sister-In-Law did and I can’t recommend it enough – although I did regret wearing a completely body con dress after my 3rd scone with clotted cream!

What to Wear to a Wedding? The Registry Office and Afternoon Tea*

This beautiful Sprinkle of Glitter dress for Simply Be is the epitome of understated elegance.  I love a good shirt dress and this is now exception.  The navy colour is refreshing in the sea of monochrome that is my wardrobe and the lace overlay is simply gorgeous.   It’s made from quite a heavy material that means the full skirt swings nicely when you move and doesn’t lose those pleats.

It’s prefect for a less formal wedding where the above-the-knee length becomes acceptable and can easily be dressed up for something more formal (I’m thinking a fascinator or a white blazer with a lapel flower).

What to Wear to a Wedding? The Registry Office and Afternoon Tea*

The buttoned neckline means you can make this dress very modest or very va-va-voom (just look how Chloe In Curve styled it here).   The full skirt is playful and the lace sleeves just reek of old school glamour.

I’ve styled the dress very simply here – with pastel courts and a sparkly belt to emphasise the waist.   A laid back wedding calls for simplicity so a loose chignon and dangling earrings is my go to look for such occasions.

What to Wear to a Wedding? The Registry Office and Afternoon Tea*

I’m wearing a size 18 and it’s fairly true to size – a little roomy on my waist (hence the belt) and shoulders but tight on my chest.

I’ve put a safety pin between the top and second button to prevent the gaping – this is something I have to do ALOT with any kind of buttoned top.  Even when I’ve sized up multiple times, the bust still gapes and I’ve not yet found anything other than pinning to stop it!

What to Wear to a Wedding? The Registry Office and Afternoon Tea*

The dress is priced at £75 so isn’t the cheapest on the market but it does come fully lined (if you read my blog frequently you’ll know how often I moan that clothing isn’t adequately lined).

The dress is also very well made with certain details that I feel really accommodate the plus size figure – the lace sleeves have a slight stretch as does the waist band.  The lining on the main body comes up high to hide any bra straps beneath the armpit – something that designers often forget about – and the sleeves are darted to which allows for a little more room than normal at the seams.

What to Wear to a Wedding? The Registry Office and Afternoon Tea*

I think this is a perfect dress for a wedding and highly recommend! It’s also versatile, I’ve worn it to work with a trench coat and brogues and was met with great acclaim.

Outfit Details:

Sprinkle of Glitter Lace Dress from Simply Be*

Gold Belt (similar here)

Shoes – Past Season New Look (wedge version here)

Don’t forget to read the rest of my What to Wear to a Wedding series:

The Country Fete 

The Grand Affair

The Registry Office 

The Church 

The Bohomenian 

My good friend Hayley of Curves and Curl is also doing her own series of wedding guest outfits – you can read them via the links below:

What to Wear to a Wedding 1 – Black

What to Wear to a Wedding 2 – My Personal Shopper Experience with Lucille’s




Charli is a simple country bumpkin with a passion for long country walks, wooly jumpers, velvet blazers, and luxurious lingerie.

Charli also loves gin!

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  1. May 17, 2016 / 7:44 pm

    I never think of looking at Simply Be but this is gorgeous. And totally love the idea of afternoon tea for a wedding reception, wish I hadn’t got married a few years ago!

  2. May 17, 2016 / 7:56 pm

    I have a big grand wedding to go to but the family are all pretty relaxed and with two toddlers to run after this would be great I am off to look at simply be thanks

  3. June 20, 2016 / 5:56 pm

    Sorry i woulden wear any off them dresses i am only 5ft and size 26 need something to wear can u help

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