While saying yes to the wedding dress might be at the forefront of your wedding-ready mind, for others, scary stressors (besides not finding the one) often push wedding planning and dress shopping to the back burner. Cue Operation Wedding Gown, a charitable initiative that's giving military and first responder brides a chance to score a free—yep, free—wedding dress.
These women always save the day, so Brides Across America is saving their wedding day. The nonprofit just kicked-off their fourth annual Operation Wedding Gown, a nationwide giveaway that's gifting free-of-charge frocks to military members and first responders, and over 60 bridal salons around the country—including Brides for a Cause in Tacoma, Washington—are inviting these Wonder-Women brides to come shop at their salons and say yes to the (totally) free dress.
“It’s an experience every girl should have at least once,” Kristi Posey, who was able to score the dress of her dreams at Brides for a Cause thanks to the program, told Seattle's KOMO News. “It means a lot," continued military bride Min Roh. "Honestly, I wasn’t even thinking of getting a traditional wedding gown because of the cost associated. So I’m really, really excited. It’s very generous.”
Explaining why Brides for a Cause opted to participate in Operation Wedding Gown, manager Deana Berry says, "It’s a great experience and a great way to say thank you for what they do and what they are a part of." Berry's Brides for a Cause location in particular boasts tons of designers, styles, and sizes (from zero up to 24) of donated dresses—either courtesy of other bridal boutiques or from former brides—for these oh-so-special women to choose from.
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“It’s amazing for every military bride, it’s truly a gift,” added Posey. “It’s honorable for them to do it. Being in the military it’s not easy. I haven’t seen him [her fiancé] in three months now. It’s a struggle. It’s rough. But, it’s worth it in the end.”
If you're a service member or first responder bride-to-be on the hunt for her dream dress (or know someone who is!), head on over to the Brides Across America website to register for the program. Free-of-cost wedding dress shopping events will be held at various bridal salons across the country—including New York's Bridal Reflections, Texas' Impression Bridal, California's Lovella Bridal, and many more—until November 19.