California bride goes viral for $47 wedding dress and minimal, low-cost wedding

Cropped shot of an unrecognizable newlywed couple doing a pinky swear gesture on their wedding day (PeopleImages via Getty Images)

As wedding costs skyrocket because of inflation, one California couple's efforts to keep their special day below $500 have gone viral.

According to "Good Morning America," Kiara and Joel Brokenbrough of Los Angeles decided to be "as minimal as possible" when planning their nuptials, including purchasing a $47 wedding dress from Shein, a digital retailer similar to Fashion Nova.

"I didn't want to spend a lot of money on a dress because I had the mindset I'm gonna wear this one time for a few hours," Kiara told the outlet.

Kiara posted videos of the low-cost wedding and dress to TikTok, Instagram and YouTube where they amassed more than 1 million views.

Users on the platform congratulated Kiara on the beautiful wedding, and some felt inspired to have a cost-friendly marriage ceremony themselves.

"omgggg! Love love this! I’m about to do the same soon; thanks for sharing🥺🥺🥺 congratulations Queen🤎," a user commented.

"I was happy to have mine under $3K. Good job having yours for $500!!" another one wrote.

"Purrr.... The wedding is just one day, people spending hundreds of thousands for what. Congrats madam u looked beautiful. I wish u both happiness," another user said.

For the wedding, the couple found a free location off a California highway, and they did not provide food and drinks for guests at the reception. To further lower costs, her family gifted them flowers and a runner for the special occasion, according to GMA.

The guest count was less than 75 people, and the couple invited only 30 to 40 close friends and relatives, FOX 11 reported.

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"The people we have there, they understood the assignment, they understood the things that we were trying to do, and they really supported us," Kiara told GMA.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Couple go viral on TikTok for $47 wedding dress from SHEIN