Couple’s “Unusual” Wedding Dress Code Requested Guests Wear Bridal Gowns

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When it comes to weddings, anything goes, and one couple soared with this concept for their hyper-personalized, recent wedding.

The spouses, known as Jesse and Audrey, shared photos from their big fête on Reddit via Imgur, and commenters lauded the newlyweds for their insistence on remaining true to themselves from first look to last dance. But it was including their dress code for the guests that generated the most buzz, because the attire ask was atypical of most weddings.

“We thought it was sad that most women only wear their wedding dress once, so we invited all the women coming to our non-traditional wedding to wear their old wedding dresses again,” Jesse captioned a photo of his wife in a sea of gowns. “My wife is the one sitting front and center—she designed her own dress and was inspired by Cinderella and Elsa.”

And indeed, Audrey’s gown stood out. While most of her friends attended the nuptials in layers of tulle, silk and lace in tones of white, the bride was resplendent in a light blue, long-sleeve gown reminiscent of the popular Disney characters from Frozen and Cinderella.

We thought it was sad that most women only get to wear their wedding dress once, so we invited all the women coming to our non-traditional wedding to wear their old wedding dresses again! from r/pics

“They were all VERY concerned about upstaging me,” Audrey wrote in her post to Reddit of her friends’ nervousness wearing their wedding gowns as guests at her wedding. “I knew I was wearing blue but kept it a secret from everyone except my dressmaker, and my hair and makeup artist. I’d been to almost all their weddings and knew they’d be in white.”

For the female friends who weren’t married? “Some women borrowed wedding dresses from their mothers or other family members,” Audrey explained. Those who didn’t have that option or didn’t want to wear a wedding gown were asked to wear black or white or a costume. (By the end of the night, the newlyweds and their bridal party swapped into costumes of their favorite characters.)

The multiple wedding gowns weren’t the only anomaly at the wedding, however. As Jesse explained in his post, he and his groomsmen wore tuxedo print hoodies, which looked both comfortable and stylish, and both of their mothers acted as flower girls in the ceremony itself.

At the reception, the couple showed off their fun-loving spirits with skee ball and a number of arcade games for guests both old and young, as well as a “sugar bar” that featured a smorgasbord of movie theater candy for an extra burst of energy.

Other highlights included a French Fry bar, an awards ceremony with fun categories like best costume, best dog not in attendance, best mother of the groom, and 18 unique wedding cakes decorated by their guests and the wedding party at the rehearsal dinner.

“We threw the wedding we always wanted to go to, and we think it was a great success!” Jesse wrote.

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