Brides Stun in Inexpensive Wedding Dresses That Cost Under $100
Less is more – especially for these brides.
Rachel Connealy, 26, snagged her formal and reception dresses for just $3 and $5, respectively, at Goodwill.
“I knew I wanted something a little different,” Connealy, an avid steward who lives in Tampa, Fla., told The Post. For her ceremony, she opted for a silky midi dress and for her reception, a shorter dress with a fun, textured skirt and short puffy sleeves. The dresses needed only minor alterations, which the bride saw as a sign that they were meant to be.
“I wanted to feel like myself on my wedding day, and it wouldn’t be with me wearing a dazzling, fancy dress,” she said.
While the average cost of a wedding dress was $1,800 last year, some Gen Z brides said “no” to spending four or five figures on white dresses they will never wear again. Instead, they opt for much more affordable options at thrift stores and online retailers. The TikTok hashtag #CheapWeddingDress has nearly 400,000 views, while #CheapWedding at 4.2 million.
“I feel like a lot of young people now want to travel more, or they’re like, ‘Wait, I can put this on for my honeymoon, or I can put this on for an experience,'” said Connealy, who went viral on TikTok with her chic and thrifty bridal looks.
When Tianalei LoLohea got married nearly two years ago, she found her dream dress on the massive fashion site ASOS.
She had looked at the dress – a sparkly dress with a subtle train and long puffy sleeves – for years, and went for it after getting engaged. Luckily for her, she found both the dress and the coupon which dropped a significant amount off the $300 price tag.
The dress was only available in a much larger size, but whatever. She walked to a tailor to have it worked and paid less than $400 for the dress and the alterations combined.
“I was so excited about this vision I had,” she said.
The 26-year-old’s mum was initially “pissed off” at not having the traditional fitting experience, but she got over it.
“In the end, she liked the way my dress looked too,” LoLohea said.
To avoid such problems, 24-year-old Emily Lewis held a fashion show from the comfort of her living room, so her close family members could watch her try on various dresses she had purchased online from websites. economic like Amazon and Lulus.
The winner was a $130 intricately beaded sleeveless dress from Lulus.
“I never thought I’d spend so little on a dress and love it so much,” she said.
While Lewis originally thought she would have her dream bridal experience in a store, the cost of a traditional dress shocked her.
“When I started looking at the real costs of this, I was like, ‘This is absolutely crazy,'” said Lewis, who lives in Maine and works in social media. “I couldn’t justify spending thousands of dollars on something that I might wear for a few hours one day and never touch again. . . I would much rather invest this money in my future, my children or my house.
Ann Reckley, 25, also didn’t buy into the expensive wedding hype. She found exactly what she was looking for shein, a site specializing in cheap and chic women’s fashion. She paid just $39 for a mermaid-style satin dress with an open back, but kept the cost a secret.
“No one knew how much I paid for it,” she said, adding that no one believed her when she revealed the price. “People were like, ‘Where did you get it?’ . . . And I’m like, ‘Yeah, I got it on Shein.’ ”
“I kind of proved that you don’t have to spend $10,000 to look good,” she continued. “It’s all about trust.”
Reckley, who lives in Canada and works in finance, went viral on TikTok with the dress, which garnered 4.2 million views and tons of compliments.
“It’s okay not to have a $50,000 wedding,” she said. “You can have a $500 wedding and still be happy.”
Jazmyn W, who got married in a $75 beaded gown from ASOS, sees cheaper wedding dresses as a sign of a generational shift in values.
“I think in the past people often did things for others and not for themselves,” Jazmyn W said. really don’t care what other people think, and they kind of put themselves first.
The Los Angeles-based comedian, who married five years ago, said she and her husband wanted their love and the act of getting married to be the “focus” of the day.
“I think the dress is becoming less and less important,” she said. “I think how we think about how we spend the money we work really hard for is becoming more and more important.”