Jillian Lynch discovered her dream wedding dress in a thrift shop for only $3.75, if you can believe it.
Lynch, who tied the knot in May, posted her shopping journey on TikTok earlier this year, traveling to a few thrift stores in her area of Ohio.
Bride Thrifts Wedding Dress For Just $3.75, Then Instantly Goes Viral on TikTok
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However, it was when she posted a video in April, dawning a Camila Coelho dress from Revolve (ahem, WITH the tags) that her story went viral.
Lynch had stumbled upon the brand new Reyna Maxi Dress, which retails for $220 and is currently available for purchase online. While it was almost a perfect fit, originally, she wasn’t convinced it was her wedding dress.
Thankfully, a few of her TikTok followers left some of their advice, suggesting she get it tailored to fit her.
And while Lynch admitted in her video that she liked the high slit that went up her leg, one follower suggested adding a bit of lace at the top to soften the look. Lynch heeded their advice and asked her tailor to swap out the adjustable straps for non-adjustable ones to elevate the look.
“Brides tend to go wedding dress shopping with their mom, their bridal party, or a group of people to get feedback,” Lynch told Insider.com about sharing her story on TikTok. “It felt a lot like that.”
She continued, “Hearing the feedback through TikTok that it looked like it was made for me, I do think that swayed me. After making that TikTok, I fell more in love with it every time I tried it on. I felt really pretty in it.”
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Lynch also thrifted her Visanze Collection wedding shoes for just $8, which brought the total cost of her wedding day look to $11.75.
But if you factor in what Lynch paid for tailoring (close to around $100) you get a bit more of a pricier wedding outfit. Even then, this is far cheaper than what many bridal gowns go for off the rack. She also did her own hair and makeup for her Arizona wedding, again keeping budget in mind.
At the end of the day, the intimate wedding (which she informed the outlet she did not plan on having despite being with her partner for 13 years) was precisely what she wanted. And this, of course, included her dress.
“I don’t think I’ve ever felt that great in something,” she said. “That’s what brides should feel on their wedding day like they’re at their peak beautiful self. That’s exactly how I felt when I put [the dress] on.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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