By Lucy Notarantonio
A bride has given her wedding dress a run for its money by wearing it while enduring the most mundane daily tasks.
From food shopping to cleaning, cooking and paddle boarding, Dawn Winfield-Hunt, 54, has certainly made the most out of her gown since tying the knot with Steve, 57, earlier this month [August 3].
Dawn, from the Isle of Wight, has even started writing a blog to keep people up to date on the adventures of her £300 wedding dress.
Despite wearing her dress dozens of times already, Dawn has no plans of stopping anytime soon.
Dawn, an office manager said: “Usually you only get to wear your dress once and then you put it in a box and forget about it.
“But I liked mine and decided to wear it the following day for a BBQ with friends and everyone loved it.
“I then decided to create a bucket list of adventures for my wedding dress, my son Sam, 31, thinks I am mental.
“Both myself and Steve, who is a curriculum manager, have been married once before and we thought we would have a bit of fun this time.
“Previously, like most women I put my dress away, never to be seen again but this one is going to have memories.
“I plan on wearing it every now and then until my first anniversary next year, it will be covered in seaweed, wine stains and probably won’t even be white anymore but I don’t care.
“I have cooked, cleaned and even done a bit of carpentry in it.
“The dress puts a smile on peoples face, many of which think it is my wedding day and congratulate me as they are passing by in the street.
“When I arrived at the check out in the supermarket, the lady said she had received a message through her earpiece saying ‘bride in aisle 12’ which is pretty funny.
“I love that the dress makes other people happy too.”
The couple who have been together for five years – had an eco-friendly wedding with no plastic and most decorations were handmade.
Dawn bought her brand-new dress for £300 from a local charity shop.
She continues: “We had an environmentally friendly wedding with dried rose petals for confetti, handmade buntings, no plastic and paper flowers.
“You can have fun without wrecking the planet and we are always trying our best to help as much as we can.
“I bought my dress from a charity shop, it still had the labels on and was meant to be £1800, I have definitely got my moneys worth by wearing it on the weekends.
“I did all the alterations myself and I will most definitely be giving it a bath or two as I plan to wear it kayaking in the future.
“Steve is always camera ready and finds it hilarious too, we are always having fun so most of our friends aren’t surprised that I have managed to wear my dress again.”