It doesn't take an American Express survey to let you know that you're hemorrhaging money on wedding season—your bank account probably already knows and doesn't want to talk about it. But the cool thing about preparing for a wedding is that if you find the *right* options (provided you're not a member of the matching Bridal Party troupe), you're good to go with your bad self. Below, colorful dress, shoe, and jewelry options that you'll want to wear way past the reception—primed for whatever your dancing, layering, and budget needs require.
The dress is Struggle Numero Uno, but don't hurt yourself thinking too hard. Seek out classic-ish shapes, like a boudoir-y knotted jacquard number or an embellished V-neck gown you'll wear to as many weddings with no guest crossover as possible.
Here's the part that's the most fun. Pink velvet, gold disco platforms, sequin mules: The world is your oyster. And clearly, look for shoes that match your aim, whether it's chunkier heels made for not-getting-stuck-in-the-grass schmoozing or lower-heeled options for the true dance-floor fiends.
And for the ice, drop earrings are the usual suspects because they're perfect for pairing with a sleek pulled-back hairstyle. But for more conservative dressers, consider swapping out your normal hoops for an unusual mismatched set, or try a glittery heart—it is on theme.
Mantra: The more frivolous the better—you're here to party, after all—while being big enough to stash an emergency mini bottle or two, should someone be left at the altar, horror, or there's no open bar, slightly more horror.
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