A bride has gone viral after chopping off her wedding gown and repurposing it into a honeymoon gown. Taylor Popik, a TikTok user from New York City, posted a video of herself in her wedding gown, explaining that she wanted to shorten the mermaid gown. She converted it into a little cocktail dress for her honeymoon in Italy, which cost more than $5,000 and was embellished with beading and floral appliqué. “This is your sign to CHOP IT ladies!!!” she said in the caption.
Popik’s video quickly gained popularity among TikTok users, and it already has over 1.5 million views and 100,000 likes. After she ripped off the dress, many viewers demanded a video. The newlywed cooperated a few weeks later, revealing a video of her customized gown.
“I shared the process with my audience because I always urge them to do what feels right for them, and this was an example of that for me,” Popik told Good Morning America. Popik is a lawyer who also creates lifestyle stuff. She runs The Wellness For Life Blog, which is well-known for providing lifestyle advice.
Popik said she eventually fell in love with a Tony Ward gown that was exclusive to Kleinfeld Bridal and bought it after her first try-on appointment, which she wore for her wedding last year. Many brides save their gowns in the hopes that their future offspring would be able to wear them again. Popik claimed her mother had done the same, but despite preservation, the costume had not stood the test of time.
In recent weeks, Popik has released several more videos about shrinking her garment, and some TikTok viewers have offered recommendations for how to repurpose the leftover material from the gown’s bottom half. “It’s been extremely great to connect with women all around the world, to hear their stories, and to brainstorm new sustainable ways to use the remaining fabric from the dress,” she said. She went on to say, “Hundreds of proposals have been made, including contributing to a firm that recycles wedding gowns to make garments for [stillborn newborns] and other charity organizations. It’s been quite motivating.”
She hopes to inspire other brides to abandon the usual method of wedding gown preservation. “I hope that by sharing my story, I will motivate other women to always do what feels right for them, even if it goes against cultural standards,” she said. “I’ll be pleased if even one bride repurposes her wedding gown so she can wear her sentimental gown while generating new treasured memories,” she continued.