80 year old woman tries on a beautiful wedding dress

Editor’s note: This article was originally published on April 28, 2023. It has since been updated.

Getting married at an old age may not seem ideal to many. However, love knows no age and people can decide to marry their soulmate at any stage of their lives. Janet Merryman found love at the age of 80 and decided to marry her 60-year-old fiancé. Moreover, she left no stone unturned when it came to her dream wedding. A TikTok video of her trying on a wedding dress recently went viral. In the clip, she looks absolutely stunning as she twirls in a beautiful lace dress.

Image source: TikTok/ @theonlydanij
Image source: TikTok | @theonlydanij

The video was posted to the platform by her granddaughter Danielle Jefferson, who goes by the name @theonlydanij on TikTok. The text overlay reads: “My 80 year old grandmother is marrying her 60 year old fiancé.” In the video, Merryman Jefferson excitedly shows off her dress. Her granddaughter responds, “You look great. Turn around 360 degrees.” It’s a strapless white lace dress with a high slit and she looks like a million bucks.

The granddaughter then asks her to walk and show off the dress. The store staff then tells the grandmother, “Close your eyes and sit in the room, thinking about your future with your fiancé. If you both have positive thoughts, there will be bells to celebrate with you.” Merryman opens her eyes and rings the doorbell. Everyone around her starts cheering her on in the clip.

Image source: TikTok/ @theonlydanij
Image source: TikTok | @theonlydanij

The video has been viewed more than 1 million times and people continued to admire Merryman for her incredible looks and courage. @user4846378477939 commented: “Grandma looks better at 80 than most of us do in our 40s.” @mirandaa_rightss wrote: “That’s amazing!! You can start over anytime and have the man of your dreams. Beautiful.” @mizpaofvhid said: “Your grandma looks like she’s in her 40’s, gorgeous and getting married. Go on grandma.”

@migdalyolivier said: “She looks amazing. I hope I’ll be just like her when I get there.” @arianearsenault86 commented: “This gives me hope with my boyfriend 20 years younger than me.”

Image source: TikTok/ @theonlydanij
Image source: TikTok | @theonlydanij
Image source: TikTok |@theonlydanij
Image source: TikTok | @theonlydanij

Speaking about the wedding, Merryman told Good Morning America: “Did I ever think I’d get married at 80? Absolutely not. I picked out three outfits and the first one I put on, I think, ‘This thing looks really good .’” Jefferson said the brides around them in the store couldn’t stop looking at her grandmother. “And she found love , especially at her age. I know she has inspired so many women who are, you know, much younger than her and have also given up hope of finding love,” the granddaughter said.

Merryman hasn’t had an easy life, so it’s heartwarming to see her finally happy. She said: “I met my late husband when I was 15. 16 years ago he took his own life. I was diagnosed with colon cancer and I had a battle with that. And I got a spot clot in my lungs and I did not.” I didn’t think I’d be sitting here today. I had Danielle, I took Danielle in. Well, she left and gradually I became lonelier and lonelier.”



However, meeting her fiancé changed her life for the better. “We were neighbors for seven years. And I was a widow for those seven years. He was married and had three children,” she explained. “After seven years, he became single. I started inviting him to lunch and just to have someone to have lunch with and have company. And it just grew from there. We started spending more time together. ” Now they are getting married soon and will spend the rest of their lives together. Merryman hopes her story inspires other older women not to give up on life. “If there are 80-year-old women out there, take your chance, that’s all I can say. That’s what I do,” she said.

You can follow Dani Bee (@theonlydanib) on TikTok for more grandma-granddaughter content.