Don't ship your wedding dresses off to storage just yet—you never know when you may need to wear it to someone else's wedding. Believe it or not, such was the case with one selfless bride, who actually encouraged her married female friends to sport their special gowns on her own big day. (Proof that your dress CAN get more than one day of use.)
The groom, Jesse, took to Imgur to share photos from their wedding day, genius dress code and all. Titled "Jesse and Audrey’s unusual wedding!" the first image shows 10 women in an assortment of gowns posing around the bride, Audrey. "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!" Jesse wrote alongside the post. "My wife is the one sitting front and center—she designed her own dress and was inspired by Cinderella and Elsa."
Audrey shared the same photo on Reddit, where she further explained the wedding attire guidelines. For unmarried female guests, "some women borrowed wedding dresses from their mothers or other family members." Or, if that wasn't an option, "we asked people to wear black and white or a costume!" she added. As evidenced by Jesse's photo album, the newlyweds and their bridal party even ditched their ceremony attire to dress up as their favorite characters later in the evening.
Not to worry, though—the bride was hardly overshadowed by her white-clad wedding attendees. As the Reddit photo shows, Audrey actually sported a princess-worthy long-sleeve blue gown to differentiate herself from the pack. In fact, she kept the color of her gown a surprise until the big day, much to the chagrin of her friends. "They were all VERY concerned about upstaging me," she wrote in the comments. "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."
At the end of the day, the couple had the best intentions for their rather unusual fashion requests. "Our friends spent such incredible money on their dresses and never wear them again, and I would hear them frequently say how sad they were that they don’t get to wear it every year," Audrey wrote. This beats matching bridesmaid dresses, hands down.