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After finding her beautiful wedding dress and veil at an online op shop, the bride saves thousands of dollars

A bride saved thousands of dollars after finding her wedding dress and veil in a store, revealing how one simple tip can help others score a second-hand bargain.

Olivia Johansen, 27, of Brisbane, married her partner Matthew, 29, at Kooroomba Lavender Farm in Boonah, Queensland, in September in a $100 dress and $15 veil from Lifeline — and the beautifully finished outfit looked just as good as any bridal look from an expensive wedding boutique.

“It wasn’t necessarily my intention to buy a surgical dress. My mum and I drove past Lifeline in Lawnton, North Brisbane and I said, ‘Shall we just have a look?’, Olivia told Daily Mail Australia.

A bride saved thousands of dollars after finding her wedding dress and veil in a store, revealing how one simple tip can help others score a second-hand bargain (Olivia Johansen pictured)

Olivia Johansen, 27, Of Brisbane, Married Her Partner Matthew, 29, In September At Kooroomba Lavender Farm In Boonah, Queensland, In A $100 Dress And $15 Veil From Lifeline (Both Pictured On The Wedding Day)

Olivia Johansen, 27, of Brisbane, married her partner Matthew, 29, in September at Kooroomba Lavender Farm in Boonah, Queensland, in a $100 dress and $15 veil from Lifeline (both pictured on the wedding day)

Olivia (Pictured) Said She Had No Intention Of Buying A Dress From The Store But Had Just Arrived In Brisbane With Her Mum When She Said She Thought They Should Stop By And Check Out The Lifeline Racks (Pictured On Her Wedding Day)

Olivia (Pictured) Said She Had No Intention Of Buying A Dress From The Store But Had Just Arrived In Brisbane With Her Mum When She Said She Thought They Should Stop By And Check Out The Lifeline Racks (Pictured On Her Wedding Day)

Olivia (pictured) said she had no intention of buying a dress from the store but had just arrived in Brisbane with her mum when she said she thought they should stop by and check out the Lifeline racks (pictured on her wedding day)

“There were about six wedding dresses in total. My mom pulled this one off the shelves and it ticked everything on my wish list: it had straps, a buttoned low back, lace, crystals, and a mermaid shape.

“It wasn’t the perfect size, but we could imagine if it had changed.

“She then pulled on a cathedral-length veil to go with the dresses and it was perfect!”

Even better, the gorgeous lace veil was only $15, while the dress was available for $100.

The Bride Had The Dress Altered By A Family Friend To Fit Her Figure Perfectly, Saying She

The bride had the dress altered by a family friend to fit her figure perfectly, saying she “would have spent thousands” on it from a bridal boutique if she hadn’t seen it in Lifeline

Olivia Said When She Saw The Dress It Met All Of Her Requirements: It Had Straps, A Low Back With Buttons, Lace, Crystals And A Mermaid Shape

Olivia said when she saw the dress it met all of her requirements: it had straps, a low back with buttons, lace, crystals and a mermaid shape

After she bought the dress, Olivia said she had a talented seamstress friend of the family who altered the dress to fit her figure “perfectly”.

“It was honestly more perfect than I could have ever imagined,” she said.

“I loved my wedding dress and wouldn’t change a thing about it. I would have bought the same dress for thousands if I had seen it in a bridal shop.’

The Savvy Bride Incorporated A Lot Of Sustainable And Diy Elements Into Her Wedding (Reception Pictured), Saying The Key With Diy And Keeping Costs Down Is That You Have To Start Well In Advance;  She Started Eight Months After The Wedding

The savvy bride incorporated a lot of sustainable and DIY elements into her wedding (reception pictured), saying the key with DIY and keeping costs down is that you have to start well in advance; she started eight months after the wedding

The Couple (Pictured) Chose A Byo Venue So They Could Provide All The Alcohol, And They Also Opted For A Mid-Week Wedding — Which Also Kept Costs Down With Vendors

The couple (pictured) chose a BYO venue so they could provide all the alcohol, and they also opted for a mid-week wedding — which also kept costs down with vendors

Olivia and Matthew got married in September at Kooroomba Lavender Farm in Queensland and tried a number of ways to keep their costs down.

“I was very lucky to win a competition with ABIA (the Australian Bridal Industry Awards) in 2021, which meant we got $10,000 in vendors,” said Olivia.

“So that included my wedding rings, bouquets, live music, and furniture.”

Elsewhere, though, the savvy couple kept costs down by choosing a BYO venue, which meant they could buy their own alcohol (“we chose Dan Murphys because they buy back any unused drinks”), and by having a midweek wedding – whatever saved them thousands.

“If you’re a bride and want to keep it reasonable, I suggest you look for sale items you know you want, like confetti,” Olivia said.

“We used biodegradable confetti from The Whole Bride, and if you pay attention, it’s always advertised.

“I also bought my wedding shoes from ASOS during a sale and they were also super cheap.”

The average price of a wedding dress in Australia revealed

New South Wales – $2,918

Victoria – $2,886

Queensland – $2,038

South Australia – $2,575

Western Australia – $2,497

Tasmania – $2,327

Northern Territory – $2,625

Australian Capital Territory – $2,024

Source: Easy weddings

Olivia Said The Key When Shopping Is To Keep An

Olivia said the key when shopping is to keep an “open mind” and look at each piece individually, because you never know what “hidden gems” you might find

Olivia said she “loves DIY” and was lucky enough to borrow a friend’s cricut machine so she could make all of their stationery.

“I made the flower table centerpieces and flower arbors with old flowers I collected eight months earlier, then painted the little vases white, printed the menus, and made our welcome sign and seating arrangement myself,” she said.

Olivia said the key with DIY at weddings is starting well in advance so you “never feel rushed.”

“It was really fun and rewarding to see it all come together,” she said.

When She Shared Her Wedding On Facebook, Thousands Were Quick To Say How 'Incredible' She Looked In The $100 Dress And $15 Veil

When she shared her wedding on Facebook, thousands were quick to say how ‘incredible’ she looked in the $100 dress and $15 veil

Finally, the bride shared her top tip for others looking to grab a bargain at a store.

“My best tip is to look at each piece individually and be open-minded,” she said.

You never know what hidden gems you might find. From a wedding dress to cowboy boots, there’s something for everyone.’

When Olivia shared her bridal look on Facebook, thousands were amazed at how expensive it looked.

”This is astonishing. It looks like the dress was made for you,” one woman commented.

‘What an incredible find. You look beautiful,” added another.

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