I had a load of problems deciding what was appropriate to wear, because the bride wasn't going to wear furisode, but after asking the IG forums and questioning the groom a little more, I found out that the bride was only going to wear kimono for the pre-dinner cocktail session, and that everyone else is going to be very very formal.
So, instead of the iromuji I had first thought of wearing and was advised to choose by the very helpful IG forum members, I wore furisode.
I chose to wear my new modern purple furisode that I got with a matching juban on YJA for only $200USD, everything included. I didn't have the perfect obi to go with the furisode, nor did I have the perfect accessories, so I had to make-do with what I had.
Here's the result!
My first time tying a bunko musubi with a fukuro obi onto myself! I was so proud.... Of course, I had to enlist my maid's help for tying tight koshihimo knots behind me ^^;;
Just in case you can't see:
I LOVE the way Florence (family hairstylist) did my hair that night!!
I paired the furisode with a silver fukuro obi that is actually more for tomesode or houmongi or the like. But I think the colour coordination is very nice, so I guess it's not too bad.
Of all the formal obiage and obijime sets that I had, the yellow one seemed to look best, so I used that. Just so happens that I recently bought a matching yellow kasane'eri from Akihabara Japan Products in Singapore! I feel that it helped complete the look a little more.
To finish off the look, I wore white tabi with pale gold zori, and chose pearl earrings, bracelet and clutch bag.
The hair accessory was actually something I'd just stumbled on in the mall right after doing up my hair haha. I love it so much!! I think it looks very elegant.
I'm sorry my kitsuke was so bad that day, but dressing in furisode is very hard - especially when I'm under a time-constraint and am feeling pressured to do it all perfectly! But it was acceptable, I guess... The bridal couple loved it, as did the groom's family, and the bride's family thought I was Japanese! :P
And it was such wonderful night: so beautiful and emotional! I've never seen a couple happier to wed, nor a bride more radiant. Congratulations to Kevin and Miyuki! :D