In a surprise announcement on Friday 23 February, model Emily Ratajkowski confirmed that she married her boyfriend of just a few weeks, Sebastian Bear-McClard.
Breaking the news online, the London-born model shared several snaps of the big day on Instagram, one with the caption, “Soooo I have a surprise. I got married today.“
She also posted a black-and-white photo of her and her new husband embracing with the simple caption “NY” alongside two engagement ring emojis.
But, while the couple’s decision to take the non-traditional wedding route with a low-key affair at City Hall in New York City was unexpected, it was the bride’s choice of outfit that really got people talking.
Here, Ratajkowski forwent the classic white bridal gown and designer garb altogether in fact, in favour of a more budget-friendly brand.
Instead, she said her vows in a vintage-inspired mustard trouser suit, black wide-brim hat with a mini-mesh veil and strappy heels. What’s more, it cost just £120.
In several snaps, the newlywed can be seen wearing the pleated yellow trousers and matching belted jacket, both of which are from high-street favourite Zara.
The groom complimented Ratajkowski’s retro look with a light blue suit and shades, and social media star The Fat Jewish, who was a witness, sported a Planned Parenthood branded tracksuit.
While deciding on a high street option was a surprising choice for a top model with access to plenty of designer brands, the trend for bargain bridal collections is catching on as a new generation of penny-pinching women aim to spend less on their big day.
A trend that’s encouraged by the rise of high-street bridal collections, the pressure on women to spend eye-watering amounts of money on something they will only wear once is on its way out thanks to brands like French Connection, Whistles and Topshop who offer elegant alternatives that don’t break the bank.
This comes just as money.co.uk announce that by 2028 the average cost of a wedding will skyrocket to £32,064.
A figure that, compared to just £18,733 in 2006, will have risen 60 per cent in just 22 years.
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