Los Angeles Couple Spent $500 on Wedding Day with Bride in $42 Dress from Shein and Guests Paying for Their Own Food at Reception

Kiara and Joel Brokenbrough paid less than $500 for their wedding in Los Angeles County this February, including her $42 dress. (Niann Hill Photography)

It was the wedding that went viral and cost less than a used car.

Joel and Kiara Brokenbrough did not want to go into debt by tying the knot, so they got creative planning their February wedding on a scenic turnoff on Angeles Crest Highway.

The Brokenbroughs spent about $500 on their wedding, including $42 for Kiara’s dress and $100 for Joel’s suit. The wedding party at the ceremony was less than 30 people, so they did not require a permit to congregate on the side of the road. The couple did not break the bank with their reception either, because guests paid for their own food and drinks.

Family and friends helped pay for some costs, but overall, Kiara said, it was her plan to have not a dream wedding, but one done with the available resources.

“We knew that it would not be wise for us to go into debt over a wedding or to spend a lot of money just to have a wedding,” Kiara said.

Even the dress will live to see another day. Kiara, 28, plans to cut a slit into the gown and use it again.

“I’ve just seen how, culturally, how we’ve gotten so far away from how weddings were something so simple as bride and groom coming together, vowing to God to stay together and vowing to each other to stay together and in front of witnesses,” Kiara told The Times. “I’m not going to go into debt over this. I’m not going to spend a whole bunch of money, or stress and get in people’s pockets over such an event that’s going to last one day.”

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SOURCE: LA Times, Nathan Solis