Thrifty bride on the hunt for person who donated £35 wedding dress to charity shop

Caroline Allen
Cat Wilkinson found her dream dress in a local charity shop. [Photo: Jack Cook Photography]

One thrifty 29-year-old has proven that you don’t have to spend your entire life savings on a wedding in order to have the perfect day.

With the average wedding costing almost £15,000, it’s no wonder people are looking to save money where they can.

Cat Wilkinson found her dream dress for just £35 at her local Sue Ryder charity shop in York.

Now, she’s looking for the person who donated it so she can share the photos of her special day with them.

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The dress had intricate lace detailing, making it look worth a lot more than just £35. [Photo: Jack Cook Photography]

“I would love to find the person who donated the dress so that I can have a cup of tea with them and show them my wedding photos.” Cat told Yahoo Style UK.

“If I managed to find that person through this story that would be amazing.”

It turns out the dress was made at home, rather than in store, adding a special element to the already stunning wedding gown.

The piece was made in the 1950s and Cat bought it in the Sue Ryder charity shop in York.

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Cat is also determined to show people that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to find your dream wedding dress.

“In the wedding planning process, don’t lose sight of what is important - the love between you and your partner. Nothing else really matters.” She said.

It can be easy to lose sight of what’s important during the stress of the planning.

In fact, 72 per cent of people surveyed by Zola Weddings said that planning a wedding was more stressful than other major life events, including buying a house.

Some charity shops, including Oxfam and Red Cross, have special wedding sections in many of their stores for brides to peruse.

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