I bagged the wedding dress of my dreams for £39 in a charity shop – I really loved it, but then a huge problem occurred | The Sun

AFTER finding the dress of her dreams for just £39 from a charity, one woman was left over the moon… until she ran into a little issue. 

Manimatana Lee took to her social media to share the incredible story of her wedding journey and it’s blowing people’s minds. 

“I bought my wedding dress from a thrift store for only $50 (£39),” she said at the start of the clip. 

Dressed in an off-white hoodie, she went on to explain that she made the discovery back in 2019. 

The mermaid-style number was gorgeous with a strapless sweetheart neckline, bodycon torso and a large portion of tulle at the bottom. 

“When I tried it on, I immediately knew that this is going to be it, like this is the one,” she shared. “But mind you, I was really skinny here, this was pre-pregnancy days.” 

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While she loved the dress, she thought it wasn’t quite “complete”, so she took the dress to her aunt, who is a fashion designer. 

She said: “I wanted more puffiness from the bottom and so my aunt drew this little design her, she was going to add more tulle. 

“The chest part, where she was going to add off the shoulder and some laces.” 

The dress had a few flaws that needed fixing as well, including the back zipper, where the fabric had started wearing down and a rip in the tulle. 

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Her aunt sent her some progress photos of the dress as she altered it, including one where some lace floral detailing could be seen. 

She also added some pearl buttons to the back and more tulle to the bottom. 

“Surprise! And then I got pregnant,” she said, while showing a photo of herself dressed in a blue robe, hugging her blossoming baby bump. 

TikTok user @manimatana continued: “So we were expecting our little girl in July 2021 and so a year later I try on my wedding dress and it looks like this.” 

The photo showed her facing away from the camera, with the dress open at the back, indicating that it was a little too small for her post-pregnancy. 

“It doesn’t fit me, obviously, as you can see,” she said. “I was so sad, super sad.” 

But she had an idea to make it work as she found a photo on Pinterest of a wedding dress that had a ribbon criss cross detailing at the back. 

“I told her [my aunt] that I still want to wear my wedding dress and if she can please customise my dress one last time to make it like a corset like this,” she said. And luckily, her aunt agreed. 

And the results were stunning as she unveiled the after photo and said: “Tada! Here is the finished look. Enjoy the view.”

People flocked to the comments section to share their thoughts as one person wrote: “She literally was a fairy godmother”. 

Another said: “Your Auntie killed it!! And you were a beautiful bride!!” followed by three fire emojis and three red heart emojis. 

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A third posted: “She did an amazing job! That dress would have been thousands!”

While a fourth added: “Love how you made the dress fit you not the other way around! You looked stunning!” 

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