A Morpeth couple have proved that you don’t have to spend a fortune on your wedding day by tying the knot wearing charity shop outfits.
Tom and Emma Murray love all things second hand so knew when they got engaged in April last year that the theme of their wedding would be ‘charity’. Veterinary nurse Emma visited St Oswald’s Hospice’s Posh Frocks and Bridal Boutique on Park View, Whitley Bay, ahead of her big day and ended up saying, ‘yes’ to a dress that cost just £100.
“I’d shopped in charity shops before but never for anything specific like a wedding dress,” Emma said.
“I was really worried I wouldn’t find anything. I spent three hours there and ended up choosing the first dress I had tried on! It just fitted perfectly. When the lady in the shop told me it was only £100 I was so shocked!
“Everything seemed so affordable compared to the dresses I had seen in traditional bridal stores. I really didn’t want to spend thousands of pounds on a brand-new wedding dress only to wear it for a few hours. Looking back now I’m so glad I opted for second-hand.”
Tom, who works as a doctor, also found his entire outfit from the specialist charity shop including the tails, waistcoat, shirt, and a bow tie. The couple’s family and also jumped on the charity theme, with Emma’s mum and bridesmaids also finding their perfect outfit from the store.
“My mum got her outfit from Posh Frocks and both of my bridesmaids did,” Emma said,
“We kept going into the shop and finding these amazing outfits we loved for such a great price. I was genuinely in shock!”
The couple married at Beverley Minster on July 1 this year and then had their reception at Kingfisher Lakes glamping site in East Yorkshire. After their special day, Tom and Emma decided to re–donate their outfits to St Oswald’s Hospice’s bridal boutique.
“I think there is something quite poetic about someone wearing the exact same outfit on their special day that you did on yours,” Tom said.
“Who knows, maybe many different husbands will spend their wedding day in the same pair of tails that I did. I really like that idea.”