A bride-to-be has revealed her shock at the reaction of “good friends” when she told them she had found her dream wedding dress in an H&M sale.
The woman wrote on Mumsnet that she had come across a white, lace, off-shoulder design in the Swedish high street store that “fitted really well” – but had been left baffled by the response from some people in her life.
In an “AIBU?” (“Am I being unreasonable?”) post on the site titled “To be surprised at reactions to wedding dress”, she said she had been dreading trying on expensive options in specialist wedding dress shops.
"All the ones round here are little boutiques where everything costs an arm and a leg and you have an assistant with you the whole time," the future bride wrote.
She explained how she came across the affordable H&M number.
"Saw a photo of a lovely, fairly traditional dress from H&M of all places (they're great but never knew they did properly formal dresses)," she continued.
"Had a look at the site and it turned out the dress was on sale because it was pretty much sold out except in my short a*** size."
After ordering it online, she tried it on in front of family and even her future mother-in-law.
"Everyone agreed that the H&M dress was the one – it fitted really well and looked well made," the bride-to-be recalled.
However, she had been left deflated after a “number of good friends” had let slip their surprise at the origins of her chosen wedding dress.
"I was so pleased and felt like it was sorted after that," she said.
"But as others started to ask if I'd got a dress and where it was from, the reaction has been one of bemusement, really.
"I thought people would just say something vaguely positive and leave it there, but a number of good friends have asked if I'm definitely going to go with it, I'm not going to go to a 'proper shop' etc.”
The woman asked her fellow Mumsnet users what she should do, writing: "Shall I take it that it's hideous then and my judgement is way off?!
"Or shall I maybe just stop telling people where it's from as that and the price seem to be promoting the reactions?"
People rushed to reassure her that the wedding dress was "lovely" and encouraged her to "ignore" the comments of others.
One person wrote: "It’s absolutely gorgeous! And you will look utterly beautiful in it. Please don’t fret about where it came from! Wedding dress comments are usually borne of jealousy.
"Be proud in the fact that you will look stunning for a more modest amount that will leave you with more spending money for your honeymoon or much needed home essentials."
Another commented: "People are daft. It’s lovely. Congratulations and I hope you have a lovely time in it!"
A third said: "Oh that dress is lovely. Ignore everyone's comments, you'll look fab."
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