- Brittney Rae went viral on TikTok for altering a bridesmaid dress.
- She turned a long-sleeve gown into a short-sleeve tea-length dress with a cinched waist.
- People accused Rae of trying to upstage the bride with her alterations.
A bridesmaid is getting flak on TikTok for trying to “upstage” the bride with her dress — even though the bride has said she loved it.
Brittney Rae was recently a bridesmaid in her friend Bailey Gross’ wedding.
Ahead of the wedding, Rae, who describes herself as a source for fashion, lifestyle, and healthy-recipe content on Instagram for her 66,000 followers, posted a series of TikTok videos documenting her journey to transform her bridesmaid dress.
In the first video she posted, which had 1.9 million views on Tuesday afternoon, Rae wrote: “Watch me try to make this bridesmaid dress less ugly before the wedding this weekend.”
The velvet green dress had long sleeves, a tie at the waist, and a floor-length skirt.
Rae told Insider that the dress she ordered didn’t fit her as she imagined it would.
“The original dress was ordered online and, unfortunately, did not fit me at all like it fit the model, which both the bride and myself were disappointed in,” she said.
In the video, Rae adds that she paid $300 for the “frumpy robe.”
“The process of altering the dress was difficult because it required me to take the dress apart first,” Rae told Insider.
Indeed, in the video, Rae wrote, “If I mess up I have nothing to wear and the bride will KILL ME.”
Luckily, Rae’s vision came together. She shared the results of her dress in a follow-up TikTok post.
The altered dress had short sleeves, a tea-length skirt, and a cinched waist. Rae also lowered the neckline to create a plunging look.
“The final product turned out exactly as I hoped, and the bride thought it was beautiful,” Rae said to Insider.
The second video had 1.4 million views on Tuesday afternoon, as well as nearly 1,000 comments. Some people wrote that they loved the dress, but many people criticized Rae’s changes.
Some said that they liked the original dress and didn’t understand why Rae thought it was “frumpy.” Others accused Rae of trying to steal the bride’s thunder with her updated look.
“Imagine thinking you’re the main character at someone else’s wedding,” one user wrote.
“If my bridesmaid had the cheek to do this to the dress that I chose I would tell her not to come to the wedding,” another TikTok user said.
But the bride commented on Rae’s original post and said she loved the dress. She added that all the bridesmaids were wearing different gowns. Gross did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
“Hi, bride here,” Gross wrote, adding that Rae did not change a dress she had picked. “They picked their own dresses in green. I LOVE what she did to her dress,” Gross said.
Rae told Insider she was surprised by people’s reactions to her altered dress.
“I thought the TikTok would be a fun before and after,” she said. “I never imagined that it would get so much attention or that so many people would react negatively.”
Rae also responded to accusations that she was trying to upstage the bride in a humorous video, saying that she would have to do more than just wear a green dress.
In the video, she shows a series of gowns she thinks would upstage a bride. Some are totally sheer. Others have daring slits, and a few are white and had a bridal look.
Rae also posted a video with pictures of her and Gross smiling at the wedding to show that her bridesmaid dress didn’t cause any tension between them.