New York Bride Wore $50 Thrifted Marriage ceremony Gown From Fifties

  • A bride residing in Rochester, New York, wore a $50 robe made within the Fifties on her wedding ceremony day. 
  • Natalia Lauer, 24, advised Insider she and her husband are massive into thrifting: “We’re classic folks.”
  • Lauer’s “dream” costume price a fraction of her $1,000 finances – and he or she plans to offer it away free of charge.

Rising up, Natalia Lauer fantasized about sporting a ballgown to her wedding ceremony. Little did she know that she’d ultimately have the ability to make her dream come true with a classic robe that price lower than $100.

Lauer, who advised Insider she’s a telebanker and part-time photographer from New York, not too long ago went viral on TikTok for sharing the distinctive story behind her wedding ceremony costume. The clip, which was posted on January 11 and has over 1.1 million views as of Friday, reveals viewers an image of Lauer sporting an ivory white puff-sleeved robe with the caption: “After I advised everybody my wedding ceremony costume was thrifted, from the Fifties and $50.”

Talking to Insider, Lauer, 24, stated she was by no means against sporting a second-hand wedding ceremony costume. The truth is, she and her husband Sebastian, 22, want to thrift most of what they personal, from their clothes to furnishings for his or her residence. “We’re classic folks,” she stated. “It is positively about sustainability for us.”

She and her associate met and fell in love on the set of a video shoot in New York Metropolis 5 years in the past. A couple of months later, she found she was pregnant together with her son, Jet. And a yr after that, her now-husband popped the query by putting an engagement ring beneath her pillow whereas she slept. 

“It is an unconventional love story,” Lauer stated. “However I am not a standard individual.”

When it got here to wedding ceremony planning, Lauer stated they once more determined to forgo custom by spontaneously tying the knot months after transferring to a brand new residence in Rochester. 

The happy couple (L) and a solo portrait of Lauer in her wedding dress (R).

The blissful couple (L) and a solo portrait of Natalia Lauer in her wedding ceremony costume (R).

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They shortly discovered an inexpensive venue near their home, which was out there for a reduction in the event that they have been keen to get married in November of that yr, she stated.

That gave Lauer simply over two months to search out her excellent costume. 

Lauer did not need to spend hundreds on a costume she’d solely put on as soon as

Whereas her father had given her a costume finances of roughly $1,000, Lauer stated she did not really feel proper about spending hundreds on a costume she’d doubtless solely put on as soon as.  

Given her love of classic garments, she determined to see whether or not it will be attainable to thrift her dream wedding ceremony costume. Lauer stated she started the journey by testing her native Goodwill shops earlier than seeing what was out there on web sites like Poshmark and Depop.

A month earlier than her wedding ceremony, after numerous hours scrolling by means of the web, she discovered what she immediately felt was the proper robe on Etsy.

Lauer's son Jet and the wedding dress.

Natalia Lauer’s son, Jet, and the marriage costume.

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It was a tiered ballgown that the vendor stated was initially made within the Fifties. Though Lauer stated she’s petite, she did say the vendor advised her to make sure the measurements would work for her dimension as the robe can be unattainable to regulate. 

“She wished to verify it was gonna match me and I used to be like, you realize what? This appears like it will match me. So I am simply gonna purchase it. It is $50 if it does not work, it is tremendous,” Lauer stated. 

Fortunately, when the costume lastly arrived, it her like a glove. “I didn’t have to do any alterations, any peak alterations, any waist or arm alterations,” she stated. What’s extra, the robe did not have the musty odor that typically lingers on thrifted gadgets, Lauer added.

“It was fully clear. It did not have a odor in any respect,” she stated. “I knew that was my dream costume.”

The couple and their son Jet on their wedding day in November 2021.

The couple and their son Jet on their wedding ceremony day in November 2021.

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The robe featured puff sleeves and lace trim, a fabric that Lauer stated she did not initially assume would work for a marriage costume. “I believed lace is extra informal,” she stated. “However once I noticed this costume, the mix of the tulle with the lace, it felt like an announcement piece.”

What made it much more particular to Lauer is that it did not look something like typical trendy wedding ceremony attire. “You possibly can positively inform it is classic. It is not one thing you are gonna go to love a bridal retailer and discover, it’s totally distinctive trying. I simply love that about it,” she stated. 

She additionally wasn’t the one one to fall in love with the robe at first sight. When her husband noticed it throughout their first have a look at their wedding ceremony, she stated he “completely cherished it.”

“Proper off the bat he was like, ‘Oh my god, that is lovely,'” she stated.

Her grandparents have been additionally massive followers. “It was actually emotional too,” Lauer added. “It was particular for them as a result of that is their instances.”

Though Lauer at the moment has the robe safely saved in her basement, she plans to see if she will use social media to offer it away free of charge. “It is not my intention to resell it or attempt to revenue from it,” she stated. 

“I understand how particular a marriage will be and I believe gifting a marriage costume, which is a like massive a part of it for lots of people, would simply be so particular,” Lauer added.