Since we’re already going to be paying a big chunk of money for my husband’s outfit at his cousin’s wedding, I wanted to keep my clothing costs to a minimum while still looking good enough to walk around with my tuxedoed man. We went to a couple of my favorite thrift stores over the weekend, and I hit the jackpot. I got a dress for the rehearsal dinner for $13. It still has it’s original Express pricetag on it ($58), and it fits me perfectly. It’s got spaghetti straps, so I needed a strapless bra to go with it. Since I didn’t have a strapless bra, and I tend to wear a lot of tank-tops, I decided that I might aswell splurge on anew underwear staple. So off to TJMaxx I went, where I found a great strapless bra for $10. Next I headed to another thrift store where I got a Banana Republic top, an Express skirt, and Nine West strappy sandals – grand total: $18. The whole outfit is very simple and very comfortable (well, as comfortable as strappy sandals can ever be on a girl who tends to wear running shoes, biking shoes, or Merrells everywhere she goes). The top I got for the wedding needs a strapless bra too, so my $10 bra will get me a lot of mileage that weekend.
Now we just need to find a gift. I’m not sure what we’re going to do there. We could just go to Bed Bath & Beyond and get something off the gift registry. But I really really don’t like gift registries. I think that the whole concept is tacky as hell. We eloped, so we bypassed thewhole wedding gift thing. We’re planning to try for a baby later this year, and there will be no baby showers and no gift registries. If we can’t afford the basics that our baby would need, we have no business getting pregnant. I hate the idea of going through a store and making a list of all the things I want and then telling my friends and family to go buy it for me. By the time my husband and I got married, we had been out of college for 5 years, we were both working, and we had been living together for two years – we didn’t need a bunch of stuff. We still eat off of mismatched dinnerware of forgotten origin, and that’s fine with us. But I understand that people want to give wedding gifts. I want to give wedding gifts. It wouldn’t feel right to show up at a wedding without a gift. But I don’t really like being told exactly what to go buy and where to get it. So I’m thinking of bucking the whole registry thing and doing something else for them. We’ll see what I come up with. I admit it’s a lot easier to just get something off the registry. I wonder if there are other people out there who don’t like registries but who just go along with it (like I sometimes do) because it’s easy and it’s what everyone expects. Anyway, we still have a month until the wedding, so I have plenty of time to get a gift taken care of. And at least the outfit is done!