How To Get A $30 Wedding Dress

I've never planned a wedding, but I know from watching many hours of Say Yes to the Dress that it can be a stressful experience. Stressful, and crazy expensive. If you're currently dazed and confused by your upcoming nuptials, might I suggest gaining inspiration from Redditor Alkitkat who crocheted her own wedding dress using only $30 in materials. Take that, $7,000 Reem Acra gowns from Kleinfeld!

I'm often skeptical of DIY bridal gowns because, as Elizabeth Licata of The Gloss points out, "I expect them to be a bit like the duct tape prom dresses, which even at their most gorgeous are 'gorgeous for a dress made of duct tape.'" But the results of Alikitkat's crochet project are unbelievable. This is a totally Pinterest-worthy wedding gown. The dress, which was completed over a five month period, has an elegant silhouette and puddles gracefully around the bride's feet. Not bad for a garment created on Alikitkat's bus commute to work. She told Reddit:

My commute time couldn’t be used for anything else anyway. The dress is also machine washable (I’ve washed it several times), doesn’t wrinkle or need any special care, and I plan on wearing it again with linings of different colors and with the train bustled up in different ways.

Those are some next-level crocheting skills! Alikitkat also made a stop-motion video of her progress from start to finish, illustrating the steps of the procedure. While the video won't exactly teach you to be an incredible dress maker, it just might inspire you to pick up a crochet needle and start practicing. Who knows, maybe you'll become the Jenny Humphrey of wedding dress design!