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Bride Steals Wedding Dress from Underprivileged Woman, Ends up Looking like 'Pauper' While Renewing Vows

Ayesha Muhammad
Oct 04, 2023
10:00 A.M.

Unaware of the twist fate had in store, a bride attempted to claim a wedding dress meant for another underprivileged woman. Little did she suspect the unexpected turn her dream vow renewal ceremony would take, leaving her in a situation she could never have imagined.

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Two young women talking while sitting on the sofa | Source: Shutterstock

In October 2020, an anonymous female poster shared her story in the "Pro Revenge" forum. For decades, the narrator, a 48-year-old woman, had known Pat, a woman of the same age, who had always clung to the dream of a quintessential life with five children and a white picket fence.

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However, Pat's complete lack of boundaries and manipulative tendencies led the woman to distance herself from her during their college years. Years later, Pat resurfaced in her life through a Facebook friend request, a decision made out of politeness.

Pat's Intrusive Nature

However, what followed was a relentless intrusion where Pat, now a permissive mother, pushed her way into the original poster's world. She went as far as forcing her daughters to call the narrator "Auntie" and consistently attempting to overstep her boundaries. Pat's behavior became increasingly erratic, and she even started showing up uninvited at OP's workplace.

The plan was to deliver a nasty surprise, a taste of the chaos and discomfort Pat had caused others.

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Wedding dresses hanging on a cloth rack | Source: Pexels

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The breaking point came during a community center event organized by the narrator and her husband. The event aimed to support the homeless population, a cause close to their hearts. Lenah, a close friend, managed a wedding/prom dress initiative for the community center. This initiative was a symbol of hope, providing brides in need with beautiful dresses sourced from various avenues, including garage sales, donations, and online platforms.

How Did Pat's Actions Lead To More Drama?

Pat's audacious behavior reached its peak during her vow renewal ceremony, held at a picturesque farm venue. As the day of her re-wedding approached, tensions escalated. Pat, in her bridezilla mode, tried to assert control over every aspect of the event.

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A wedding venue adorned with flowers | Source: Pexels

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She even went so far as to coerce another couple into changing their wedding date to accommodate her desire for the ceremony to match her exact wedding date. This behavior backfired, causing the offended couple to book another venue, leading to a strained relationship with the venue owners.

Pat's sense of entitlement reached new heights during her wedding preparations. She planned a Sunday brunch wedding and, astonishingly, attempted to turn it into a potluck affair. This move shocked many, considering her distant relationships with most of the guests.

A white bridal dress | Source: Pexels

A white bridal dress | Source: Pexels

Traditional potluck weddings, while not uncommon, usually involve close-knit communities where guests willingly contribute to the celebration. Pat, however, seemed oblivious to the social norms and etiquette surrounding such arrangements.

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Amid these preparations, the narrator and Lenah stumbled upon Pat's deceit regarding her wedding dress. They discovered that Pat had developed a scheme to wear a particular dress that had already been assigned to another bride.

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A bride in a white wedding gown holding flowers | Source: Unsplash

Lenah, the project manager for the wedding and prom dress initiative, had made it clear to Pat that she needed to pay for her own dress. However, Pat, in her manipulative fashion, attempted to ship the wrong gown, vehemently insisting it was the correct one despite all the notes and documentation indicating otherwise.

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What made the situation particularly infuriating was the origin of the dress. The narrator had found it at a garage sale, a vintage dress with intricate lace details, a significant bargain at $40. Pat's attempt to claim this dress as her own, despite it being purchased by Lenah, showcased her audacious attitude and complete disregard for the feelings of others, especially the bride whose dress she was attempting to steal.

How Did OP and Lenah Teach Pat a Lesson?

Upon confronting Pat, she employed her usual tactic of denial and manipulation, declaring the dress as hers and refusing to admit her mistake. Lenah, recognizing Pat's deceit, took matters into her own hands. She decided to take action, wanting to teach Pat a lesson about accountability and the consequences of her actions.

A woman helping a bride put on her bridal dress | Source: Shutterstock

A woman helping a bride put on her bridal dress | Source: Shutterstock

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Lenah and the narrator covertly entered the venue where the wedding was to take place. In a daring move, she meticulously altered the back panel of Pat's dress, making it impossible for her to wear comfortably without revealing the sabotage.

Lenah's actions were calculated; she wanted Pat to believe everything was fine until the moment she put on the dress. The plan was to deliver a nasty surprise, a taste of the chaos and discomfort Pat had caused others. In OP's words, "I completely hate people who target and steal from anyone they (Pat and her kid) calculate to be in a weaker position."

Close-up of a dressmaker sewing beads to lace for a bridal gown | Source: Shutterstock

Close-up of a dressmaker sewing beads to lace for a bridal gown | Source: Shutterstock

The wedding day arrived, and Pat, utterly unaware of the sabotage, excitedly called the narrator, frantic that her dress was "missing by half." Pat, now desperate, sought help from the narrator. She asked if she could borrow OP's wedding dress, a request that was firmly denied. Pat then implored the narrator to help her find a replacement dress, unaware of the logistical nightmare that would ensue.

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Close-up of a ripped wedding dress | Source: Shutterstock

The nearest bridal shops were closed on Sundays, and any available options were almost an hour away from the venue. Even if Pat miraculously found a dress, she would need time for alterations and steaming, an impossible feat given the time constraints. Pat's desperate attempts to salvage her wedding plans were met with practical obstacles, showcasing the consequences of her entitled behavior.

A Disastrous Wedding Day

In the end, Lenah and the narrator intervened, delivering a replacement dress that was far from ideal. It was outdated, smelled of moss, and was ill-fitting. Pat's disappointment was palpable, and her attempts to salvage her appearance, including trying on her daughter's dress with a malfunctioning zipper, only added to the spectacle.

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A hopeless bride crying on her wedding day | Source: Shutterstock

During the ceremony, Pat's discomfort was evident. The altered dress, with its sabotaged back panel, forced her to continually adjust it, creating a spectacle that mirrored the chaos she had caused. The guests noticed Pat's unease and her attempts to maintain composure were futile. The wedding reception, which Pat had planned with princely decorations and a beautiful cake, turned into a disaster.

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A wedding cake | Source: Pexels

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Pat's dissatisfaction was apparent, and she spent the event looking like a pauper, sulking. There were no speeches, no dancing, and no celebration. Her dream wedding had crumbled into a nightmare of her own making. To add to her humiliation, she eventually changed into more comfortable clothing, acknowledging the disaster her wedding had become.

Pat's attempt to force everyone out of the venue, including abruptly clearing the reception area and leaving the cake untouched, highlighted her embarrassment. The aftermath of the wedding debacle had a profound impact on Pat.

A bride's makeup is ruined after her emotional breakdown | Source: Shutterstock

A bride's makeup is ruined after her emotional breakdown | Source: Shutterstock

She became a shadow of her former self, avoiding social interactions and gradually pulling away from her friends and acquaintances. The incident served as a harsh reminder of the consequences of her entitled and manipulative behavior, leaving her isolated and reflecting on her actions.

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