TAMPA, FL (WFLA) — Most brides wait until after their wedding to take part in “destroy the dress” events. But, Kilee Manulak had a different situation. The week of her wedding, she revealed her fiancé sent her a text message saying he didn’t want to marry her after a two-year engagement.
“I just kind of went numb,” Manulak said. “My maid of honor, my mom, and all my friends just helped me… I was just so devastated.”
After a few unbearably sad days, she decided to do something drastic. She and her bridesmaids destroyed their dresses during the Color Fun Fest in Tampa.
“It was actually very liberating,” she said. “I don’t want a pity party. I just want to have fun with it.”
She even went on stage. Had the wedding happened, she admits she would have never done anything like this.
“I wanted to keep my dress, I wanted to maybe alter it, or do something new to it. But I definitely didn’t want to destroy it.”
She’s glad she did. She wants others to see her story and gain strength of their own.
As for her former fiancé?
“I definitely want to tell him thank you for sparing me heartaches down the road, and thank you for letting me go so I can find true happiness,” Manulak said.
The support she’s getting from friends and family is keeping her happy for now.