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Sharing the spotlight! Bride invites her female guests to wear their own WEDDING DRESSES for her ceremony - to give them a chance to wear the special gowns at least one more time

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A newly married couple's 'non-traditional' dress code for their wedding day required female guests to wear their old bridal gowns. 

Newlyweds Audrey Moore and Jesse Luman, who live in Los Angeles, California, wanted their guests to have the opportunity to re-wear their old wedding dresses - something most people only get to wear once.  

Some guests, who were single or had never gotten married, borrowed dresses off their parents or relatives, as the couple tied the knot in style in December 2018.  

a group of people posing for a photo: Wedding fun: Los Angeles-based couple Audrey Moore and Jesse Luman asked all female guests to wear their old wedding dresses to their ceremony which was held in December 2018

Wedding fun: Los Angeles-based couple Audrey Moore and Jesse Luman asked all female guests to wear their old wedding dresses to their ceremony which was held in December 2018
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After their wedding, the couple shared a photo of several guests sporting their old wedding gowns the big day to Reddit.  

They accompanied the photo with a caption that read: 'We thought it was sad that most women only get to wear their wedding dress once, so we invited all the women coming to our non-traditional wedding to wear their old wedding dresses again!'

Audrey further explained her reasoning behind opting to have all female guests re-wear their wedding dresses, as she said she noticed how sad they were at the idea of never wearing them again after they got married. 

a group of people posing for the camera: Newlyweds: The married couple also sported unusual wedding day ensembles, as Audrey wore a blue gown while Jesse donned a tuxedo sweatshirt  © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Newlyweds: The married couple also sported unusual wedding day ensembles, as Audrey wore a blue gown while Jesse donned a tuxedo sweatshirt 

She wrote: 'Our friends spent such incredible money on their dresses and never wear them again.

'I would hear them frequently say how sad they were that they don’t get to wear it every year. 

'My one friend and her husband wear their wedding outfits every year on their anniversary and go to dinner. We live in LA so walking into a restaurant in your wedding dress barely gets noticed,' she added. 

And although most were able to recycle their old wedding dresses, other guests who were single or had never gotten married had to think outside the box. 

Audrey explained: 'Some women borrowed wedding dresses from their mothers or other family members.'

'A couple people in the bridal party rented wedding dresses,' she added. 

And if someone didn't have any wedding dress to borrow, of if they simply didn't want to wear one, they were given the option of wearing a black and white outfit or a costume.  

And although Audrey, an actress, revealed that some of her friends were nervous about the possibility of upstaging her, the bride revealed her secret tactic to ensure she stood out. 

Juliette Binoche wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: Lovers! The couple recently shared photos from their 'non-traditional' wedding day on Reddit, where they revealed details about the day, including that they had a costume change  © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Lovers! The couple recently shared photos from their 'non-traditional' wedding day on Reddit, where they revealed details about the day, including that they had a costume change  a group of people posing for the camera: Jumping with joy! While women were asked to re-wear their old wedding dresses, Jesse and his groomsmen wore tuxedo sweatshirts with black pants and black sneakers  © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Jumping with joy! While women were asked to re-wear their old wedding dresses, Jesse and his groomsmen wore tuxedo sweatshirts with black pants and black sneakers 

Much to her guest's surprise, the newly married Albuquerque-native donned a floor-length, icy-blue gown on her big day. 

Writing about her friend's concern on the Reddit post, Audrey said: 'They were all VERY concerned about upstaging me. 

a man and a woman posing for a picture: Motherly love: Audrey, pictured with her mother, is an actress, best-known for her role in the Netflix series Godless © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Motherly love: Audrey, pictured with her mother, is an actress, best-known for her role in the Netflix series Godless

'I knew I was wearing blue but kept it a secret from everyone except my dressmaker, and my hair and makeup artist. 

'I’d been to almost all their weddings and knew they’d be in white. 

'Plus I’m five-foot-ten. In heals I was six-foot-one. I told them, “I DARE you to upstage me",' she added.

And it wasn't just the women who had to abide by strict guidelines in terms of what they wore.

The groom, who works as a writer and director, and his groomsmen opted to sport nontraditional tuxedo sweatshirts, which featured built in bow ties and buttons.  

And by the end of the evening, all of the guests, including the couple, were dressed in costume as some of their favorite characters, as they had an outfit change. 

Audrey tactfully used her blue dress to transform herself into Frozen's Elsa, while Jesse opted to dress as a gigantic green alien. 

Other fun elements included in the wedding included various arcade games and a skee ball.  

a person holding a bag: Costume change! The couple added another quirky element to their big day, by having a costume change, which saw them change into a green alien and Frozen's Elsa 

Costume change! The couple added another quirky element to their big day, by having a costume change, which saw them change into a green alien and Frozen's Elsa 
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The couple's post on the online forum received a 73 per cent 'up vote', as well as more than 2,000 comments from people interested learning more about the idea behind the quirky dress code. 

One Reddit user commented on the post, saying: 'Weddings should be like college graduations. If you have the regalia from a past ceremony then wear it.'

Another added: 'These are the best wedding pictures I’ve ever seen! Congrats!'

'I want to cry after reading this. I got coerced into throwing a wedding that I really didn't feel displayed my husband's and my personalities at all,' added a third user.

'You guys did it to the nines and stayed true to yourselves, I am so proud of you for sticking with it! Sounds like the best day ever, which it should be!' they added.  

However, although most comments praised their alternative approach, one user was concerned. They wrote: 'My worry would be this becoming all about who has the best/most expensive dress.'  

Audrey, from Albuquerque, New Mexico, is an actress best-known for starring in the Netflix series Godless. 

The actress has also starred in a number of productions, including Better Call Saul, Manhattan and the Riches.  

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