I'm an 80-year-old bride and wore a bandeau dress on my big day – I've only got a few years left and I want to enjoy it | The Sun

AN 80-YEAR-OLD nan who “won’t leave the house” unless she’s wearing heels has revealed she wore a tight bandeau dress at her wedding.

Janet Merryman urged other women her age to “take a chance” on happiness after getting engaged to her 60-year-old fiance. 

The stylish nan went wedding dress shopping with her granddaughter a few weeks ago and initially picked out three gowns.

However, she fell in love with the first one she tried on and wore it on her special day this weekend.

It was white gown with a corset-inspired bandeau top and leg slit stretching up to the thigh.

Janet said: “If there’s any 80-year-old women out there, take a chance. 

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“That’s all I can say. That’s what I’m doing.

“I don’t have that many more years left and I’m happy now.”

She has shared her story in hope it will encourage other women her age to give happiness a chance without worrying that they’re too old.

Janet told Good Morning America: “Did I ever think I would be getting married at 80? Absolutely not.”

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According to her granddaughter Danielle Jefferson, other brides-to-be in the wedding dress shop were “stopping what they were doing” to admire Janet.  

The housewife recalled: “Honestly, it was heartwarming.

“I’m so happy for her.

“I love how happy she is and that she found love, especially at her age.”

Janet met her first husband when she was aged 15 but he tragically took his life 16 years ago. 

Following a battle with colon cancer and discovering a blood clot in her lung, the nan “didn’t think she’d be sitting here today”.

She found herself getting “lonelier and lonelier” as the years went on until striking up a friendship with her neighbour in Philadelphia, US. 

The pair started off by eating lunch together and gradually grew closer, before one day kissing and realising they had something special. 

They tied the knot this weekend and Janet paired her gown with traditional bridal hair and a pair of heels.

Danielle beamed: “She wears heels every day and literally won’t leave the house without them.”

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