Finding the perfect dress for an event can be a stressful experience. You aim to find something that is appropriate, flattering, and comfortable enough to wear for a few hours (and maybe even bust a move in). Then, you hope and pray that no one else will be wearing the same thing.
Debbie Speranza of Australia thought she had found the perfect dress for a wedding she recently attended. That was until, not one, not two, but five other women showed up wearing the same dress! Speranza tells Babble, “It was so funny seeing my cousin in the same dress. Then, one by one, the others started coming into the reception room,” adding, “it got hilarious!” I can only imagine. It’s funny when twinning happens with someone you know, but to have more and more women coming in who are sporting the dress as well? It must have been awkward.
“A couple of the women were mortified,” Speranza explains, but notes that they “soon came around and saw how funny it was.” Really, all you can do in a situation like that is laugh. The event even prompted Speranza to post this picture to Facebook with the perfect caption: “Who wore it best???? #backupbridesmaids”
It was a hilarious coincidence, especially considering that most of the women were strangers to each other. The dress was a navy and white Debbie Lace Pencil Dress from the Australian clothing company, Forever New. It’s a very pretty dress with a detailed lace overlay, and the women all looked fabulous wearing it. They even happened to choose the same navy color, despite two different color options available.
Speranza shared a photo of her with the five other women and the beautiful bride to the Forever New Facebook page, captioning it with some clever advice:
“You really should start a Bridal Registry so that your customers can inquire whether anyone else has purchased one of your dresses for the same event,” she suggests, adding “No, we are NOT the bridesmaids, just the guests.”
The post has gone viral with over 49K reactions and more than 1.7K shares.
When asked how she feels about all the attention, Speranza admits it is a little overwhelming. “The media attention started off great,” she explains, “but by last night here, it became a bit overwhelming for us novices. Being 57 years old, I’m not that up to date with social media,” she explains.
She seems to be doing just fine, if you ask me. In fact, she’s going viral! It’s a beautiful thing that these women turned what could have been an embarrassing moment into a hilarious photo op and unforgettable memento for the bride on her special day.
After all, it’s one thing to have bridesmaids, but to have six women unknowingly show up in the same dress? It’s like having your own instant back-up bridesmaids! (Should the need arise.)