(Closed) Experience with Brides Across America anyone?

posted 5 years ago in Military
Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Nope.  They don’t count the deployments my DH has been on.

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I wish there was a shop in my state that participated in this. I’ve been very curious as to others experiences with this as well.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

A friend of ours used them, her dress was beautiful.

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’m very seriously considering it. I think it’s an awesome program. If I try it out, I’ll let you know. And let me know if you check it out please! 🙂

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee

What is this program. I haven’t heard of it. 

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2013

http://www.bridesacrossamerica.com/

They provide a free wedding dress to qualifying military brides. They hold events all across the nation. The bride can come in and choose a designer dress from a selection of gowns.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012 - Country Club

I wish I had known about this before I bought my dress! haha

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I received a gown from a local bridal shop participating in the Brides Across America event.  Your experience will truly depend on the bridal store.  The one I went to was in Massachusetts.  We had to wait in line to recieve a number.  I arrived about 3 hours prior to opening, they checked my FI’s deployment papers and gave me ticket #1!  They let about 3 girls in at a time and had about 50 sample dresses to choose from.  Some were very pretty and some were… well…not so pretty. I walked out with a beautiful demetrios dress…unfortunetly I got the dress a year and a half in advance and lost too much weight so the dress is too big and was going to cost a fortune in alterations.  I am however planning to re-donate the dress back tothe organization so someone else can have a beautiful dress.  I highly recommend attending an event if you can its a wonderful program!

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@carolinagirl104:  Don’t settle, if there’s something you don’t love, thank the bridal salon for everything and walk away.  It is really hard to walk away from a free dress, but it’s not worth it if you don’t love it.  Don’t worry about feeling ungrateful, everyone involved wants you to be happy whether or not you find your dress that day.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I found a salon that participated in this, but I didn’t go for it. My reasoning was because the event was 2 months before my wedding. I didn’t want to wait for it and then go, not find a dress, etc. If it’s far enough in advance, I would at least go and look. Can’t hurt.

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2013

That’s my biggest concern as well- not finding something I LOVE. I read somewhere though that you are allowed to attend as many of the Brides Across America events as you want. However, you are ultimately only allowed to get one dress. So if it’s far enough out from your wedding, you can always go to another event if you don’t find something you like. That’s what I think my plan is because my wedding is October 2013.

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