A bride in the United Kingdom proved in 2019 that you can still pull off perfection at a fraction of the usual cost, proving that brides are willing to do almost anything to ensure their big day is perfect.
Cat Wilkinson, a senior lecturer in Education at Liverpool John Moores University, was overjoyed when her boyfriend Mike proposed to her on a night out in York. They visited a charity shop called Sue Ryder York the very next day while out and about in the city. Wilkinson discovered a unique find while browsing the racks upstairs.
“I was upstairs and called Mike to ask if the shop volunteer could take a picture of me while I tried something on,” she wrote on Facebook.
The then 29-year-old fell in love with a vintage white dress and bought it for £35 (approximately $42).
My main reason for trying on the dress was to see if the image of what I wanted that I had in my mind for so long was accurate – and it was! In the store, the lady who worked there and I couldn’t believe how perfectly the dress fit me. My sister and mum gave me the reassurance I needed to buy the dress after the lady took a photo of the dress. Despite the £35 price tag, I didn’t need much reassurance!!! She told Metro later.
Afterward, she walked down the aisle in stunning fashion, gaining fans online.
Although the dress was perfect, she decided to make a few alterations to make it perfect for her special day. A zip was replaced, buttons were added to the back and sleeves, and a floral detail was added to the front. Her dream wedding dress cost only £235 (approximately $285) after the tweaks (approximately $242).
In a vintage bridal store, Wilkinson discovered the dress was from the 1950s, made at home rather than from a bridal shop, and the flower embellishments were likely passed down from an older relative as a “something old.” keepsake.
“Finding out the history of the dress made me love it even more,” she said. “I would love to find the person who donated the dress so that I can have a cup of tea with them and show them my wedding photos,” she told Yahoo Style UK.
On the internet, Wilkinson was praised for his thrifty ways.
Your money was well spent and not wasted, lucky hubby. “Best wishes to both of you,” commented an Instagram user.
It’s beautiful. Another said, “You don’t have to spend a fortune on a dress to look gorgeous.”.
The main thing is whether it makes you feel good and brings you joy, not how much it costs.”
Wilkinson and her husband have since welcomed a child into their family, but she still remembers that special day fondly. Wilkinson’s story will undoubtedly inspire people to recycle vintage treasures more often.
“I hope my £35 wedding dress is a small reminder that something special does not need to cost a fortune,” she said.