Anyone bride-to-be soon finds out how eye-wateringly expensive the big day can add up to be.
That shock first hit Brisbane woman Maykel Rodrigues when she went shopping for her wedding dress and was taken aback by the prices.
“I went to the stores in the CBD just to check how much it would be roughly for the wedding outfit, and was very surprised – the cost was very high,” Maykel tells Mamamia.
The 31-year-old was planning an intimate ceremony with fiance Thomas Schmidt and was hoping to keep costs down, so they could splash on other things – like the honeymoon.
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So when Maykel couldn’t find anything in stores for the right price, she turned to Gumtree, hoping to find a dress that suited her budget.
“I was looking for one that would be made of lace and very delicate. I was hoping it was simple, but beautiful as well,” she says.
It wasn’t long before she found everything she’d been looking for in a dress – for just $100.
“It was totally what I always dreamed of. Very delicate lines, very simple, lace material and with the fish-tail. It was just perfect. I was so happy with it,” Maykel says.
“It just fit perfectly. It was meant to be.”
Maykel says she had turned to Gumtree because she’s been a seller on the site since 2015 and knew the process suited her.
She says it was important for her to be able to meet the buyer, see the dress in person and try it on before handing over her cash.
"I thought about buying something online, but then I thought you never know what you're going to get if you buy online. This was I could see it in person," Maykel says.