I’ve always felt the summer is a time to be patriotic, especially with the 4th of July. It’s also a time that makes me think about our military who are deployed overseas. My husband and I have some friends that are currently deployed and some that are actually getting ready to deploy.
The deployment period can be really tough especially for loved ones who are spending months apart. I have several friends who are engaged and having to plan a wedding on their own while their future spouse is defending our country. I know planning a wedding can be tough, but I can only imagine having to do it on your own.
One organization is working to make that easier!
Brides Across America is teaming up with the industry’s leading bridal salon The Bridal House of Charleston to provide military brides the opportunity to make their wedding dreams come true by receiving a free wedding gown. The Bridal House of Charleston will host the event on Wednesday July 11th at their Mount Pleasant, South Carolina salon.
Through Brides Across America’s partnership with The Bridal House of Charleston, military brides will be shopping for free designer bridal gowns. The Bridal House of Charleston will be giving away numerous wedding gowns to qualifying brides. Brides must call ahead to pre-register for the event.
In order to qualify, brides or their fiancé must be on active duty in the military, either currently deployed or deployed within the last five years to Iraq, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Libya or Japan. Identification and deployment papers must be presented at the event to qualify.
As part of Brides Across America’s commitment to support our troops and veterans, the non-profit organization has hosted its 6th annual bridal gown giveaway at salons nationwide. From Los Angeles to New York, bridal salons nationwide joined forces by giving away free designer wedding gowns to military brides. To date, Brides Across America has donated over 7,000 wedding gowns from prominent designers. The donated gowns are valued between $500 and $4,000 and range in size.
Without organizations like Brides Across America, many military brides would not have the chance to choose a designer gown for their special day due to economic circumstances. Brides Across America’s founder, Heidi Janson, wants to continue making dreams come true for military couples that have not had the opportunity to plan their dream wedding due to deployment. “Our continued efforts as an organization are to bring awareness to our communities. My goal is to make sure we don’t forget all the servicemen and women overseas fighting for our freedom”.
And if you’ve already planned your wedding and have your dress hanging in your closet and don’t know what to do with it, why not donate it to Brides Across America. Your beautiful dress will be passed on and donated to a military bride in need. If you’re interested in donating, visit http://www.bridesacrossamerica.com/Donations.html
Remember next time you see a Soldier, Marine, Sailor or Airmen, be sure to thank them for their sacrifice.