- British TikToker Isla Rose Potkins says she has been criticized for getting married at 25.
- Isla said she was told she was “too young” at a wedding dress fitting when she was 23.
- She has been with her partner Christopher for almost a decade.
A British TikToker said she has faced criticism for getting married at a young age, even though she’s been with her partner for almost a decade.
Isla Rose Potkins, 25, told Insider that she has been with her now-husband, Christopher Potkins, since they were 16 and 17 respectively. The couple got engaged in 2018, and tied the knot at Northbrook Park in Hampshire, England, in November last year.
Isla makes wedding advice videos on her TikTok account, which has more than 19,000 followers as of Tuesday. Her videos range from budgeting tips to DIY confetti hacks. In one video published on May 11 that has over 80,000 views, Isla wrote in the caption that she was “bored of hearing” from other people that they wouldn’t get married that young.
Isla says she was told she was ‘too young’ to get married during her first wedding dress fitting
Isla said she’s faced criticism ever since she got engaged in 2018, when she was 22.
“As soon as I said that I’m getting married, the first reaction by anyone is, ‘Oh my gosh, how old are you?’ Not, ‘How long have you been together?’ or ‘That’s amazing,'” Isla told Insider.
She said she went to her first wedding dress fitting when she was 23 without her mom because she lives in Australia.
“The lady basically told me I was too young to get married… She was like, ‘Where’s your mom? Why are you not here with your mom?'” Isla said. “I just remember feeling, like, oh my gosh, awful.”
The average age that straight couples wed has increased over the past four decades. According to the market and consumer data website Statista, the average age of women marrying men has increased from 24.7 in 1972 to 36.1 in 2019. For men marrying women, the average age has increased from 27.4 to 38.4 during the same time period.
Isla and Chris have been together for almost a decade
Isla said she and Chris first met when they were in college as teenagers. They had mutual friends, but didn’t start speaking until Chris sent a private message to Isla on Facebook.
Chris proposed to Isla in their apartment on Christmas Eve in 2018, after they had been together for six years. She said he decorated the apartment with rose petals “from the front door all the way to the Christmas tree” in the lounge.
“As soon as I opened the door, I knew. Because he’s not super romantic,” she said.
Isla said she still sometimes receives a negative reaction from people who discover that she’s married, but she doesn’t let it get to her.
“I think people are opinionated and they base it off where they are in their life,” Isla said.
“We’ve been together since we were 16… If you can grow up together, I’m not the same person I was when I was 16, a lot has changed in my life, and if we can get through all of that together… I think people have an assumption that your life ends when you’re married, but I reckon it starts,” she said.