The dreaded bridesmaid dress – it’s a rite of passage that many of us are familiar with.
Wear it once, smile through gritted teeth and then bury it at the back of the wardrobe never to be seen again.
But the dresses Oklahoma-based Tammi Sauer gave her bridesmaids saw the light of day once more, after she recently took to Facebook to share photos of her 1995 wedding day on her anniversary.
Reflecting on her sartorial choices, Sauer – who works as a children’s book author - took the opportunity to apologise to her friends for putting them in the ‘tablecloth’ designs.
According to BuzzFeed, when Sauer was unable to find the particular look that she was going for in a store, she took matters into her own hands. But she’s since had a change of heart about the option she plumped for.
“Apparently, not everyone in 1995 wanted a long, off-the-shoulder gown in a burgundy brocade fabric that looked like a Thanksgiving tablecloth," Sauer joked. "Those dresses were handmade by moms, grandmas, and random seamstresses.”
But we can always count on our friends to make light of a situation and in the most epic of responses, one of her pals was quick to point out that she’s actually been getting plenty of use out of her dress.
Keen to prove exactly how much she’s been wearing the lacey number, Mann proceeded to stage an entire photo shoot of her wearing the dress as she went about her daily life.
Speaking to the Huffington Post, Mann explained that she was inspired to stage the shoot because she felt that the apology wasn’t necessary.
“I did the same thing to my bridesmaids. I was certain I was getting them dresses that they would be able to wear again – I wasn’t,” she said. “But the thought of someone determined to get good use out of their bridesmaids dresses by wearing them for every day activities made me laugh and I knew it would make Tammi laugh, too.”
Sauer found her friend’s response hilarious, of course.
"I laughed. I cried. I’m pretty sure it’s the best thing I’ve ever seen in my life," she told Buzzfeed.
However, according to the Huffington Post she still stands by her apology.
“Those girls deserved that apology!” she said. “Not only were they wearing what I somehow thought was the epitome of bridesmaid dresses, but it was close to 100 degrees that day, and, um, the church didn’t have air conditioning.”