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Bride Goes Viral for $47 Wedding Dress and Tying the Knot on a $500 Budget

A wedding has gone viral after a couple managed to tie the knot on a $500 budget, with the bride’s dress coming in at under $50!

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The couple from Los Angeles has faced backlash for some of their money-saving tips.

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Read on for the full story!

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Anyone who has ever tried to plan a wedding will know just how expensive things can get…

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From the ceremony to the cake, there are so many expenses to think about.

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It is reported that the average cost of a wedding these days comes in at $30,000.

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However, after the pandemic, the way many people are approaching weddings is changing.

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Couples have to consider everything from the guest list to what their guests will eat and drink on the big day.

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And the financial impacts of every little decision can begin to add up quickly!

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The Knot reports that by far the biggest expense for couples is the venue hire.

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The average venue cost was over $10,000!

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But even the smaller expenses can add up too…

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For example, the average cost of a cake alone comes in at $500.

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For some couples, the cost of all this means a big wedding isn’t attainable!

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However, there are some ways around it…

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There are some regular tips for saving money on your big day.

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Popular ones include using websites over paper invites and grabbing the dress from a sample sale.

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However, one couple from Los Angeles took their money saving to the next level!

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And people have a lot to say about their tricks…

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Kiara and Joel Brokenbrough managed to host their big day for just $500.

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Kiara told Good Morning America: “Our goal was to just be as minimal as possible.

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“And to spend the least amount of money as possible.”

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They wanted a low-cost wedding that wouldn’t put them into debt.

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One of the first ways the pair saved money was with Kiara’s choice of dress…

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She said of her choice: “I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on a dress because I had the mindset I’m gonna wear this one time for a few hours”

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In a viral TikTok video, the bride revealed she actually bought her dress from the fast fashion site, Shein!

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The dress cost just $47!

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In terms of the day itself, the pair were able to keep expenses low due to family help.

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They were gifted decorative items such as runners and flowers.

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Another thrifty idea they had was to use a location right off the freeway.

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Although on one side there was a busy road, the other direction gave the pair a beautiful backdrop to get married in front of.

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The pair also saved money by making guests pay for their own food and drinks at the reception.

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What’s even more impressive is the fact that they planned it all in just 2 months!

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“You have a wedding, with witnesses there to witness you, vowing to your spouse, vowing to God that you guys are going to stay together for life,” said the bride.

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“And then you celebrate with food, drinks and dance. And that’s exactly what we did.”

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“The people we have there, they understood the assignment, they understood the things that we were trying to do, and they really supported us,” Kiara said.

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She stated having supportive friends and family as one of the most important things for pulling off such an affordable wedding day.

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The pair’s clever money-saving tips certainly got the internet talking…

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One person wrote: “The fact that their guests bought their own food and drinks says a lot about the bride and groom. I love the support from their family.”

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Another summed up their thoughts neatly: “The wedding is for a day the marriage is a lifetime!”

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However, not everyone was best pleased…

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“Um, the dress is perfect, quite beautiful, and getting the free locale, no decorations, that’s all good,” one commenter said.

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They continued: “But I’m not of the [opinion] where it’s ok for guests to have to buy their own food and drink, seriously that’s just not right.”

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Regardless of what the internet thinks, the pair looked like they had a fabulous day!

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You can see the viral video here.

What do you think of their thrifty wedding tactics?

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