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© Niann Hill Kiara Brokenbrough's wedding and reception cost $500. Niann Hill
- Vlogger Kiara Brokenbrough wore a $47 SHEIN dress to her wedding and filmed it on TikTok.
- She also vlogged the rest of her wedding, which cost $500, to show they don't need to be expensive.
- This is Kiara's story, as told to Charissa Cheong.
This as-told-to essay is based on a conversation with Kiara Brokenbrough, and it has been edited for length and clarity.
When my husband and I got married in February 2022, we decided to have a small and modest ceremony. He had recently relocated to California to live with me, so we felt that we shouldn't spend too much and instead chose to save up for our new life together.
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A TikToker transformed a thrifted $20 wedding dress into a red ball gown with a statement sleeve
- Caitlin Trantham needed a gown for the 2021 Marine Corps Ball.
- Trantham turned a $20 wedding dress from a thrift shop into a one-of-a-kind red ball gown.
- She told Insider that it took her about 12 hours and she spent less than $100.
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Caitlin Trantham is a seamstress, mom of three, and military wife.
Trantham currently lives in Hawaii with her three kids and husband, who's a Marine.
About eight years ago, she taught herself how to sew and started making blankets. She then decided to put her skills to the test by transforming thrift-store finds.
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In November, Trantham shared in a TikTok video that she planned to transform a $20 wedding dress from a thrift store into a red gown for the Marine Corps Ball in December.
Trantham's TikTok video had over 1.7 million views at the time of writing. She has also shared three more videos showing off her progress and the final look.
Trantham bought the $22 wedding dress at Savers. She thought it would be a fun piece to transform because it had so much fabric.
The original dress Trantham bought featured crystals on the top as well as a full skirt with a long train.
Since the upcoming Marine Corps Ball was going to be Trantham's 11th time attending, she wanted to wear something that was really special and unique. Originally, she was looking to buy a '60s siren dress but couldn't find any online, which is why she decided to make her own.
"I already had a pattern in mind and thought I could just modify the pattern of the wedding dress to fit my vision," she said.
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Trantham started by taking the wedding dress apart so the pieces could fit into the dye bath.
She also designed the sweetheart neckline and A-line skirt that she wanted her new gown to have.
She decided to try dyeing the dress on top of the stove so the water would stay hot.
Trantham said she had to "stand there like a witch at her cauldron" as she let each piece of the dress sit in the dye until it turned red.
"Seeing the dye go from pink to the color that was really wanted was very satisfying," she said. "I was ready to throw in the towel because it was so much work, but the color turned out so great."
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Trantham said it took her about 12 hours to transform the wedding dress.
Trantham said dyeing the dress was the longest part of the process because it took about an hour for each piece to turn red.
In total, she estimates she spent about $72 — $22 on the dress and $50 for dye — and that doesn't include the "blood, sweat, and tears because that's priceless," she said.
After dyeing the dress, Trantham sewed the pieces back together to create the design she wanted to wear.
Trantham replaced the original bedazzled top and long train with an A-line skirt, sweetheart neckline, and a statement sleeve.
"I have a knack for just picking projects that I don't think are going to be tedious," she told Insider. "But they end up being tedious, and I'm persistent, so I can't let it go until it's done."
In the end, Trantham's gown looked completely different from the original wedding dress.
Trantham's plan was to wear the dress to the Marine Corps Ball. However, her husband found out he was being deployed a few days before, which meant they were no longer able to attend.
Still, Trantham was happy with the finished product.
"I'm really happy with how it turned out," Trantham said of the dress. "Is it perfect? No. Is it 100% what I envisioned? Also no. But it was a project that challenged me in so many ways, and that alone was worth all the effort."
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I work as a social media manager in Los Angeles, but I also have my own YouTube channel where I post vlogs about my life. I knew I wanted to vlog my wedding to show viewers my reception and decorations.
I also decided to post a TikTok showing my wedding dress on March 18, as a teaser for my YouTube series about the wedding. It became my most viewed TikTok with 920,000 views.
The dress only cost $47 because I ordered it from SHEIN, a clothing website based in China. I always wanted a more affordable dress to save on costs — we only spent a total of $500 on our wedding ceremony and reception, and that includes the cost of my dress and his $100 tux.
Overall, I'm happy that I decided to have a modest and intimate ceremony, and I'm really proud to have spread a message that it's more important to invest in your marriage than your wedding day or your outfit. © Niann Hill Kiara Brokenbrough wearing the dress at her wedding. Niann Hill
I'm six feet tall, so I was worried that a dress I ordered online wouldn't fit me
The dress I ended up wearing wasn't actually my first choice because I had my eye on another backless, long-hem dress from a different website that was slightly more expensive, but they didn't have it in my size.
I noticed on Google that SHEIN had a very similar dress, and it was only $47. I had never ordered an outfit from SHEIN before, so I didn't really know what to expect. Before I opened the package after the dress arrived, I was really nervous that it wouldn't fit and I would have to return it, because I'm six feet tall and most dresses fall a bit short on me.
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When I put on the dress, it fit perfectly and didn't need any alterations. It also didn't look cheap at all, and I was glad that I made such an affordable purchase because if the dress were to get dirty on my wedding day, I wouldn't really have cared. © Kiara Brokenbrough Kiara Brokenbrough trying on her dress. Kiara Brokenbrough
I hope my decision inspired other people to spend less on their weddings
Our wedding began with an intimate, 30-person ceremony in an outdoor location that we did not have to pay for. We rented 30 chairs for $76 and a triangle-shaped arch for $230. The flower petals, cake, and the runner on the floor were all gifted to us, and for the reception, we all went to a nearby restaurant where everyone paid for their own food and drink.
I decided to share clips from a video of me trying on the dress on TikTok a few weeks after my wedding. As more and more people watched it, many soon-to-be brides began commenting that I inspired them to opt for a less expensive dress too.
I'm glad my video was able to positively address the pressure that a lot of women feel to splash out on a wedding outfit, and the supportive response made me all the more confident that I made the right decision with my dress. © Niann Hill Kiara Brokenbrough's wedding decor. Niann Hill
I wanted my vlogs to show the reality of getting married, not a hyped-up illusion of it
I'm so happy with the way everything turned out, but I also wanted to film the experience to show my viewers that your wedding day may not be a picture-perfect experience.
There were moments in my vlog when I was sad because I'd dreamed about my wedding since I was a kid and I wasn't able to have this big, expensive fairytale wedding that so many people talk about. © Niann Bill Kiara Brokenbrough and husband Joel Brokenbrough. Niann Bill
Overall, I hope my YouTube and TikTok videos remind brides that their wedding dress doesn't make or define them.
I also hope they encourage couples to remember that their relationship is the foundation of their marriage, and that's far more important than having a wedding with limousines or expensive decorations.
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