• Vlogger Kiara Brokenbrough wore a $47 SHEIN gown to her marriage ceremony and filmed it on TikTok.
  • She additionally vlogged the remainder of her marriage ceremony, which value $500, to point out they do not have to be costly.
  • That is Kiara’s story, as informed to Charissa Cheong.

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This as-told-to essay is predicated on a dialog with Kiara Brokenbrough, and it has been edited for size and readability.

When my husband and I received married in February 2022, we determined to have a small and modest ceremony. He had lately relocated to California to reside with me, so we felt that we should not spend an excessive amount of and as an alternative selected to save lots of up for our new life collectively.

I work as a social media supervisor in Los Angeles, however I even have my very own YouTube channel the place I submit vlogs about my life. I knew I needed to vlog my marriage ceremony to point out viewers my reception and decorations.

I additionally determined to submit a TikTok exhibiting my marriage ceremony gown on March 18, as a teaser for my YouTube collection concerning the marriage ceremony. It grew to become my most seen TikTok with 920,000 views.

The gown solely value $47 as a result of I ordered it from SHEIN, a clothes web site primarily based in China. I at all times needed a extra reasonably priced gown to save lots of on prices — we solely spent a complete of $500 on our marriage ceremony ceremony and reception, and that features the price of my gown and his $100 tux.

General, I am comfortable that I made a decision to have a modest and intimate ceremony, and I am actually proud to have unfold a message that it is extra necessary to put money into your marriage than your marriage ceremony day or your outfit.

A picture of Kiara wearing her dress and holding a bouqet.

Kiara Brokenbrough carrying the gown at her marriage ceremony.

Nianne Hill

I am six ft tall, so I used to be nervous {that a} gown I ordered on-line would not match me

The gown I ended up carrying wasn’t truly my first alternative as a result of I had my eye on one other backless, long-hem gown from a unique web site that was barely costlier, however they did not have it in my dimension.

I seen on Google that SHEIN had a really comparable gown, and it was solely $47. I had by no means ordered an outfit from SHEIN earlier than, so I did not actually know what to anticipate. Earlier than I opened the bundle after the gown arrived, I used to be actually nervous that it would not match and I must return it, as a result of I am six ft tall and most attire fall a bit brief on me.

After I placed on the gown, it match completely and did not want any alterations. It additionally did not look low-cost in any respect, and I used to be glad that I made such an reasonably priced buy as a result of if the gown have been to get soiled on my marriage ceremony day, I would not actually have cared.

A picture of Kiara trying on her dress.

Kiara Brokenbrough attempting on her gown.

Kiara Brokenbrough

I hope my resolution impressed different individuals to spend much less on their weddings

Our marriage ceremony started with an intimate, 30-person ceremony in an outside location that we didn’t must pay for. We rented 30 chairs for $76 and a triangle-shaped arch for $230. The flower petals, cake, and the runner on the ground have been all gifted to us, and for the reception, all of us went to a close-by restaurant the place everybody paid for their very own foods and drinks.

I made a decision to share clips from a video of me attempting on the gown on TikTok a couple of weeks after my marriage ceremony. As an increasing number of individuals watched it, many soon-to-be brides started commenting that I impressed them to go for a inexpensive gown too.

I am glad my video was in a position to positively tackle the strain that a number of girls really feel to splash out on a marriage outfit, and the supportive response made me all of the extra assured that I made the suitable resolution with my gown.

A picture of the runner and triangle arch at Kiara's wedding.

Kiara Brokenbrough’s marriage ceremony decor.

Nianne Hill

I needed my vlogs to point out the fact of getting married, not a hyped-up phantasm of it

I am so proud of the way in which the whole lot turned out, however I additionally needed to movie the expertise to point out my viewers that your marriage ceremony day is probably not a picture-perfect expertise.

There have been moments in my vlog once I was unhappy as a result of I might dreamed about my marriage ceremony since I used to be a child and I wasn’t in a position to have this large, costly fairytale marriage ceremony that so many individuals speak about.

A picture of Kiara and her husband.

Kiara Brokenbrough and husband Joel Brokenbrough.

Nianne Invoice

General, I hope my YouTube and TikTok movies remind brides that their marriage ceremony gown does not make or outline them.

I additionally hope they encourage {couples} to do not forget that their relationship is the muse of their marriage, and that is way more necessary than having a marriage with limousines or costly decorations.

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