It's the Sisterhood of the Traveling Wedding Dress! While most people tend to think of wedding dresses as a single-use-only type of deal, these brides opted to all say yes to the same dress. Here's the story of the wedding dress that's traveling the country and bringing brides together along the way, and the ultra-generous one who started it all.
After Dawnetta Heinz of Omaha tied the knot last year, her wedding dress went where many a bridal gown goes—stowed away in storage. But, while packing up with her new hubby for a move, Heinz was left with the decision of what to do with her boxed-up dress. She could preserve it as a memento of her wedding. She could hold on to it for years to possibly pass it on to her daughter one day. It's what brides usually do with their wedding dresses, after all. But Heinz had a different idea in mind.
Heinz took her $1,200 David's Bridal wedding gown to a buy/sell/trade Facebook group, where she offered to donate her much-loved dress to a bride in need who otherwise wouldn't be able to afford a dress for her nuptials. After all, it wasn't long ago that Heinz was struggling herself, after a bout with homelessness and living out of her car with her now-husband. "If we can help somebody else feel good on their special day, I would love to do that," Heinz explained to Yahoo Style.
Now, Heinz isn't just helping somebody—several beautiful brides are set to benefit from Heinz's dress donation.
"I had so many people messaging me telling me their story, how they couldn’t afford it, how they’d have to go to Goodwill," said Heinz. With such an overwhelming response, the 22-year-old personal trainer came up with a solution that would help everyone. "I just commented on the post, 'What would you guys think if we just passed the dress on to the next person?' And one of the girls said, 'Yeah, it could be like sisterhood of the traveling dress!' "
And so, the Sisterhood of the Traveling Wedding Dress was born! The first woman to wear the donated gown was Arianna Pro, who renewed her vows to her husband just last weekend in San Francisco. Then, she packed up the traveling dress to send to another one of the brides in need. So far, 12 brides have signed on to rock the frock.
And just the like the jeans in the famed The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants books, the dress seems to magically be a perfect fit, according to Pro. "When I tried the dress on for the first time, there was no altering, there was no nothing. It fit like a glove."
Helping your fellow bride? A perfect-fit frock? It all does sound pretty magical to us.