One of the biggest decisions in the wedding planning process is the wedding dress — which can range anywhere from hundreds of dollars to thousands of dollars. But when it comes to Live! With Kelly and Michael host Kelly Ripa, her wedding dress was pretty special to her, so special, in fact, that she recently brought it to wear on her 20th anniversary vacation with husband Mark Consuelos.
Once you can get over the green-eyed envy that her wedding dress that still fits 20 years later, here's the clincher: it was only $199 dollars! Ripa shared with People that she didn't stress like most brides when it came to picking out her white gown — it was actually already hanging in her closet.
"The story behind the dress is I bought it at the Barney's Warehouse sale," she explained. "The dress is 25 years old. My marriage is 20 years old. I didn't buy it as a wedding dress. I just bought it because it was really pretty, and I wanted to buy something from the Barney's Warehouse sale. I was working on the soap. I didn't make a lot of money. It was $199 on final clearance sale. 'Do I eat this week, or do I get this dress.' Literally, this was the thought process."
She clearly picked correctly, since she's wearing it 20 years later. "I said to myself, 'I bet if I buy this maybe it will be an investment piece. Maybe I will wear it more than once.' I swear to you I wear it constantly. It's a beach cover up now. I wear it all the time. It was the best $199 I ever spent in my life."
Her hubby, however, didn't go with a timeless piece, and opted for a more trendsetting late-90s look at the time.
"Mark's outfit — I have to tell you, my dress really stood the test of fashion time better than his outfit," she noted. "I don't even remember what he was wearing. It was like a white linen jacket with a black shawl collar. He looked a little Travolta-y. In a good sexy way, but in a very of the moment, of the time way."
The Live! With Kelly and Michael star just returned from her 20th anniversary vacation with Consuelos this week. This work hiatus stemmed from a previously tumultuous week on her talk show — in which she took a few days off due to her co-star, Michael Strahan, announcing to the network and viewers that he was leaving for Good Morning America. The former New York Giants star and Ripa came out this morning holding hands, and she jokingly acknowledged on-air that "our long national nightmare is over." She went on to say how she views the Live!
team as her second home and family. "We have an incredible team and we are devoted to one another. We are family."