In a recent video posted to TikTok, Becky Jefferies, @jetsetbecks, revealed how she halted her wedding in order to adjust her outfit. In the clip,Jeffries could be seen standing with her groom in front of her guests while a man in front of them could be heard officiating their ceremony. She then looked into the audience and pointed at her dress.
“Me in the middle of my wedding ceremony realising I’d made a terrible mistake,” the text over the video reads.
When the officiant told the couple that it was time to “say [their] vows,” Jefferies spoke up and asked to “pause for a moment”.
She took the microphone and said: “I just realised when I got to the end up to the aisle that I’m missing half of my dress.”
The audience and groom could be heard laughing in the background before the former bride asked: “Maybe I can put it on now?”
She acknowledged that two nights before the wedding, she had “a dream” that she walked down the aisle without the bottom half of her gown.
The clip then showed a fellow wedding guest walking down the aisle with a white skirt in her hand.
“I’m sure you guys have never been to a wedding like this before,” Jefferies told her guests.
Two women then proceeded to wrap the white skirt around Jefferies’ waist. As she helped pin the clothing item to her dress, she said: “And now I’m almost dressed.”
Once the bottom half of her gown was on, the crowd applauded before Jefferies informed the guests that her wedding ceremony could “resume”.
Jefferies also noted how important it was to her to have her entire wedding dress on during the ceremony, as she added in the caption: “Pardon the interruption but priorities.”
As of 11 May, the video has more than 28m views, with TikTok users applauding Jefferies for pausing her wedding in the manner that she did.
“She is so sweet and not a drama queen at all, she handled the situation very well,” one viewer wrote.
“I love the confidence, such a main character!” another person said.
A third user added: “I LOVE that she didn’t apologise. It’s her day and she confidently took control of the moment.”
Other people suggested that, if they were in Jefferies’ position, they would have handled it a little differently.
“See I’d have to redo the whole thing like walk back down & everything,” one person wrote, while another said: “I would’ve walked down the aisle again... Just restart everything.”
When one viewer asked Jefferies how her bridal party didn’t realise a piece of her dress was missing, she responded: “There was no bridal party. And I had to run straight from the car to the aisle when I arrived - happened way too fast for me to realise!”
Speaking to The Independent, Jefferies recalled how she forgot the skirt, noting that one of the venue’s employees had grabbed it from her friend once they arrived to the ceremony.
“Instead of waiting to put it on me when I entered, he had apparently placed it in a storage room with the rest of my belongings (purse, makeup kit, etc) probably assuming it was meant for after the ceremony,” she explained. “The rest of the girls in the car with me were rushed inside to take their seats, so I was left alone in the final moments before waking down the aisle.”
“As soon as I got out of the car behind them and entered the venue, I already heard the song playing that I was walking down the aisle to, so I didn’t even have time to think!,” she added. “In a matter of seconds my planner was handing me the bouquet and whisking me straight into the ceremony.”
She acknowledged that her guests and now-husband were very understanding about the fact that she stopped the ceremony, as there “no question in [her] mind” that she wanted to do so, for the sake of her dress.
“I just wanted to wait until the officiant (one of our close friends) finished his speech, as he was SO devoted to preparing it,”she said. “I also knew that my husband would have told me I was crazy for NOT stopping the ceremony if I hadn’t done it. There was truly no harm done by the interruption. The vows were just as special and memorable (if not MORE heartfelt) because we had the chance to calm down, laugh with everyone, and gather ourselves before saying them.”