She bought two dresses from thrift stores and urged other brides to do so.
Wedding dresses are expensive and usually take up a majority of the wedding budget. However, one bride spent less than $10 on her wedding dress and tried to break these norms.
Rachel Connealy went viral for buying two wedding dresses, priced at $3 and $5 respectively. She spent a total of $8 on wedding dresses. The 26-year-old posted her wedding dress with the prices and went viral on the internet. Some have compared her bridal look to Meghan Markle's Givenchy gown from her wedding to Prince Harry in 2019.
Connealy was fortunate to find both gowns through thrift stores and urged other brides wanting to do the same, as well as check-in thrift lingerie areas. She spoke to Good Morning America, "I still felt like a princess on my day. I guess my own version of what a princess looks like." She added, "You go to the wedding dress section of a thrift store and there's these beautiful white silks and vintage lace...and get creative with it."
The Florida bride was able to save extensively on her wedding dress. So, she was able to buy her bridesmaid's dresses. She said, "For me, I would much rather have an experience than have this dress in a box that I can show my kids in 20 years that they're like, 'That's so out of style,' "
The idea of having weddings on a budget has been gaining a lot of popularity. According to ABC News, the hashtag cheap wedding has gained over 4.2 million views on TikTok. More and more people are trying to save money on weddings and invest in their future together.
As we reported earlier, Kiara and Joel Brokenbrough, previously went viral for planning a wedding for under $500. Kiara began her wedding preparations by purchasing a dress for $47 from Shein, a digital fashion shop. She said, "I didn't want to spend a lot of money on a dress because I had the mindset I'm gonna wear this one time for a few hours." The couple wedded off the Angeles Crest Highway in Southern California, with the San Gabriel and Sierra Pelona Mountains in the background. They only invited 30 to 40 people to the wedding and had their reception at Misty's lounge, where guests paid for their own food and drinks.
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