A WEDDING dress is often one of the most expensive parts when it comes to planning that special day, but one bride decided to forgo an appointment at a traditional bridal boutique.
Jillian Lynch, 32, found her dream dress by saving money, believing it felt more natural for her style.
“Because I was saving all the time, it was just an option,” she said. “I never even considered going to a bridal shop.”
In fact, she never thought she and her current husband would ever get married, despite having been together for over 13 years.
“We planned to be life partners and support each other throughout our lives, but marriage didn’t seem necessary,” she told Insider.
“I don’t know what changed, but about a year ago we were like, ‘Let’s be husband and wife.'”
The couple wanted the ceremony to be as small as possible, planning a 30-person celebration at the Social House in Tempe, Arizona.
They married on May 13, 2022, with their closest friends and family in attendance.
When it came to finding the right dress, Lynch had an idea of where she wanted to start.
“I just started looking for dresses, not wedding dresses, just plain white dresses,” she said. “I didn’t want anything too formal.”
She ventured into thrift stores and found a Camilla Coelho dress after four days of thrift shopping.
Revolve’s midi slip dress has an asymmetrical neckline and a high slit.
“I feel like it overlapped that line of the bride to not be marriage-related at all,” Lynch said.
Originally listed on the company’s website at $220, a price that would be considered low for any wedding dress, Lynch was able to snag the item for an impressive $3.75. $.
At first, Lynch was unsure if she would actually wear the dress for her wedding, however, after posting a video of herself in the dress on her TikTok account, she received over two million views with thousands of likes. supportive comments.
“Brides tend to shop with their mother, bridal party, or group of people for feedback,” she said. “It looked a lot like that.”
Thanks to TikTok’s comment, and after trying on the dress several times, Lynch finally decided this would be her wedding dress.
“Hearing the comments via TikTok that it looked like it was made for me, I think it influenced me,” she said.
“After creating this TikTok, I fell in love with it every time I tried it. I felt really good in it.”
Getting the dress tailor raised the price a bit, but Lynch wanted to make sure the dress fit her perfectly at her wedding and decided to add lace to make the slit a bit more modest.
The modifications cost $110, making a total of $11,375, still cheaper than the original $220 found online.
Lynch also paired the dress with $8 heels which she also saved. Her hairstyle and makeup were done by her for the day.
“I don’t think I’ve ever felt so good about anything,” she said of her dress. “That’s how a bride should feel on her wedding day, like she was at the peak of her beauty. That’s exactly how I felt when I put it on.”
Although a wedding was never really on the horizon for Lynch, there were traditional elements to her ceremony.
For example, she asked her father to walk her down the aisle.
“I could see how much it meant to him, and it ended up meaning a lot to me,” she said.
In the end, she said she was just happy to enjoy the day with her new hubby.
“We rode with everything,” she said. “We were together, just having a fun day rather than trying to make this planned event go smoothly.”