During the week of her wedding, Kilee Manulak’s fiancé cowardly dumped her through a text message. After a few days of grieving, the Florida woman decided to get rid of her wedding dress in a unique way. She did not sell it on eBay, nor did she fill it up with cockroaches and Fedex it to her ex’s workplace. Instead, Manulak wore the gown to Tampa’s Color Fun Fest, where she and her bridesmaids proceeded to stain their wedding attire with rainbow-colored cornstarch.
“I just kind of went numb,” Manulak told WFLA. “My maid of honor, my mom, and all my friends just helped me. I was just so devastated.” Before the breakup, Manulak thought about altering the dress after the wedding. Now, the dress is part of a different kind of memory. “I don’t want a pity party. I just want to have fun with it,” she said. “It was actually very liberating.”
Manulak even went onstage during the event — which was a 5K run celebrating the Holi Festival — to show off her new and improved gown.
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