- 5 years ago
- Wedding: September 2013 - The Skinner Barn
As some of you may already know, I am marrying a soldier in the US Army this fall. Last Veteran’s Day, I was lucky enough to link up with the nonprofit group Brides Across America. They provided me with a beautiful gown, completely free. This week, they are a featured great cause on Groupon. For every $10 given, $20 will be donated to the group and go towards helping them to give away more gowns. Here’s a little more about Brides Across America:
“For most couples, weddings mean months of preparation, planning, and excitement. However, military couples must often schedule their matrimonies around deployments, and they may find their budgets constrained by tight salaries. Many couples settle for civil ceremonies and put off their official celebrations until after their spouses come home.
If 70 people donate $10 to this Grassroots campaign, then Brides Across America can purchase four wedding gowns in underrepresented dress sizes for military brides. Each additional $10 raised, matched by Impression Bridal, will help provide additional gowns, tiaras, and veils.
Brides-to-be will peruse the aisles of free gowns and accessories at one of the organization’s nationwide giveaway events, each stocked with brand-new designer ensembles from the likes of Vera Wang and Allure. Because these gowns are often floor samples in sizes 8–10, smaller and larger sizes can be hard to come by. This campaign will help ensure that brides who have been deployed or had their partner deployed overseas will be able to celebrate their union in the lacy, beaded, or flowery gown of their dreams.”
Military spouses often feel unappreciated and lonely, rearranging our lives around our partners who are honorably serving our country. It may seem like a small thing, but Brides Across America helped to lift my spirits and keep me from worrying about the financial aspect of buying a wedding dress. Please consider donating and helping them to continue their great work.
Here’s my beautiful gown provided by Brides Across America (before alterations)