Florida resident emotional over recovering wedding ringFinding the right wedding dress can be one of the most stressful aspects of planning a wedding.
The average cost of a wedding in the UK is a whopping £14,740, and a wedding dress can be an expensive part of the overall bill.
But Cat Wilkinson snatched her dress just a day after her engagement and bought it for a bargain.
In the summer of 2019, Cat tied the knot with her long-term boyfriend Mike at a wedding venue near Doncaster.
The senior lecturer in education walked down the aisle donning a stunning white bridal gown with long sleeves and a high neck.
The senior lecturer in education walked down the aisle donning a stunning white bridal gown (Image: FACEBOOK)
Friends and families were astonished to find out that the bride’s dress cost her just £35 plus £200 for additional alterations.
She found the beautiful dress by chance at a Sue Ryder charity shop in York – just one day after her engagement.
Cat said on Facebook: “Since our wedding, I’ve received lots of lovely compliments about my wedding dress, with people messaging asking where it was from, so I thought I would share the story.
“On the day that Mike proposed to me he took me for a night in York. The next day I was looking in the charity shops and saw the dress on one of the rails.
“It was a charity shop on two floors and I was upstairs and phoned Mike to tell him not to come up while I tried something on and to ask if the shop volunteer could come up to take a photo.
“I bought the dress there and then for the small sum of £35 I had a few alterations made to it to make it just how I wanted, including adding buttons (instead of a zip) to the back of the dress and buttons on the sleeves, and moving the placement of some flowers on the front of the dress.”
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She found the beautiful dress by chance at a Sue Ryder charity shop in York (Image: FACEBOOK)
She later told the Metro that the key criteria of her “dream wedding dress” were long sleeves and a high neck, both of which the charity shop dress ticked.
She said: “I was so pleased and couldn’t quite believe that I had found my wedding dress the day after being proposed to.
“I hope my £35 wedding dress is a small reminder that something doesn’t need to cost the earth to make you feel special.”