A creator rewore her $60 thrifted wedding after-party dress a year later, and encourages other brides to do the same

  • Danielle Copperman thrifted her wedding after-party dress on eBay for $60.

  • Copperman posted on TikTok about planning to rewear the dress to a gala one year later.

  • She said rewearing the dress brought back memories of her wedding evening.

British fashion creator Danielle Copperman found her wedding after-party dress on eBay after committing to thrifting as many of her bridal outfits as possible, she told Insider.

Copperman posted a TikTok on September 9, which has over 240,000 views as of Wednesday, sharing that she would be rewearing her gold beaded wedding after-party dress a year after her wedding.

Comments on Copperman's TikTok were flooded with users shocked at how to find such pieces on eBay.

Copperman told Insider that there's no guarantee you'll find something when thrifting, and in fact, she spent months scouring the internet — including eBay and Vestiaire Collective — until she found her dream dress for roughly $60. She added that the listing was very basic, and the dress was not from a notable brand.

Copperman's wedding was held in September 2022 near Lyon, France. There was no detail left untouched at the intimate wedding, she said. Copperman told Insider that she even bought most of the potted wedding flowers herself, and gave these to guests to take home and plant.

Copperman added that future brides should rethink their principles on outfits needing to be from bridal brands in order to be deemed special. "I was looking for something from a high fashion brand ideally, but this just seemed to call to me more than any second-hand options I'd found by my favorite designers," she added.

The topic of rewearing their wedding outfits is one that brides often have a strong stance on, and Copperman knew she wanted to be able to rewear her outfits.

"I hate that so many aspects of weddings is wasteful, I didn't want anything that I would only wear for a few hours of my life," Copperman said. She told Insider that not only was the after-party dress thrifted, but her ceremony dress was created with deadstock fabric by designer Savannah Miller.

Copperman told Insider she planned to rewear the after-party dress to the Gold Gala du Ritz, celebrating 125 years of the Ritz Paris hotel, for which the gold beaded gown seemed the perfect fit for the occasion. She added that rewearing the after-party dress brought back the memories of her wedding evening.

"I just think it's a shame to pack things away for years especially when they're so special," she added.

Rather than being too precious about garments, Copperman said clothes can always be dry cleaned and treated, and if not, the imperfections hold a treasure of memories. "To be honest, I fell over on the night of our wedding in this gold dress and lost a few beads, but I think it just adds to the memories that it holds," she said.

Copperman told Insider: "Of course, you need to take care of things but in the end, as they say, life's too short not to wear the dress."

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