Lifestyle Style Los Angeles Bride Wears $47 Wedding Dress for Her $500 Affair — See the Viral Style "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 Brokenbrough said after her budget-friendly wedding went viral By Stephanie Wenger Stephanie Wenger Instagram Twitter Stephanie Wenger is a TV Writer/Reporter at PEOPLE. She joined the brand in 2021 as digital news writer, spanning across the site's verticals. She previously contributed to E! Online, HollywoodLife, Discover Los Angeles, Oscar.com and Hollywood.com. She appeared on air at AfterBuzz TV. She began her journalism career as an intern at Good Morning America and Access Hollywood. She graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor's in communications and received a Master's in journalism from the University of Southern California. People Editorial Guidelines Published on April 19, 2022 04:17 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Niann Hill A Los Angeles bride said yes to a $47 wedding dress. On Tuesday, Kiara Brokenbrough opened up about finding the budget-friendly gown during an interview with Good Morning America. "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," she said. Niann Hill Nicola Peltz Marries Brooklyn Beckham in Valentino Wedding Dress — See Her Bridal Style Kiara selected a Shein backless slip gown with a mermaid train for her big day — a style which is quickly selling out at the fast fashion retailer. "My wedding dress was $47!!😮 I didn't want to spend hella money on a dress I would wear one time for a few hours & that would get dirty (we had an outdoor ceremony)," she wrote on Instagram alongside several snaps and videos of the gown. She also documented her dress buying experience in a YouTube vlog and a viral TikTok, which has now been viewed nearly one million times. Courtesy Kiara and Joel Brokenbrough Woman Wears Her Original Wedding Dress While Celebrating 70th Anniversary with Husband Kiara and her husband Joel Brokenbrough wanted stay on budget and avoid going into debt throughout the wedding planning process. In fact, their entire wedding cost only $500 when the average cost is $34,000 according to The Knot. "Our goal was to just be as minimal as possible," Kiara revealed on Good Morning America. "And to spend the least amount of money as possible." The couple were able to cut costs by finding a free scenic location for the ceremony and getting help from family. Courtesy Kiara and Joel Brokenbrough How Billie Lourd's Wedding Dress and 'Something Blue' Honored Her Late Mom Carrie Fisher "A lot of people gifted us things. My godmom gifted us flowers. My sister gifted us a runner. My godsister and my auntie gifted us with a cake," the bride told GMA. Wedding guests also paid for their own food and drink to help make the event as budget friendly as possible. "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 explained. Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free weekly newsletter to get the biggest news of the week delivered to your inbox every Friday. For the bride, finding ways to make the event less expensive didn't take away from the day. "You have a wedding, with witnesses there to witness you, vowing to your spouse, vowing to God that you guys are going to stay together for life," she said. "And then you celebrate with food, drinks and dance. And that's exactly what we did."