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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Q & A: Donate Your Wedding Dress

Reader Question: I got myself a "fancy schmancy" princess dress, which I love, love love, but I cannot justify putting it into a box and keeping it in storage for the rest of my life. Assuming that someday I'll have a daughter, and that said daughter will want to wear my dress seems ludicrous to me. I'd like to donate it, and I know there's a program in England that takes donated dresses, but I'm not sure of one in the U.S. Do you know of anywhere I can donate my dress? Any info would be greatly appreciated.

Great question! To my knowledge, the best bet is Brides Against Breast Cancer. The Making Memories Foundation sponsors Brides Against Breast Cancer events. Basically, you donate your wedding dress and it is then sold to another bride-to-be. The profit is used to make wishes come true for women and men with breast cancer.

So, not only is the program good for humankind, it is also good for the environment.

Here's what their website says:
This unique opportunity allows brides-to-be a chance to find the gown of their dreams at a remarkable price, while helping to make wishes and memory-making events come true. Most gown prices range from $99 to $799*, including hundreds of beautiful new name brand and designer gowns valued up to $8,000. *Exclusive designer and couture gowns valued up to $20,000 are also available at an incredible 25% to 75% savings. We gladly accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and debit cards.
Specific directions for sending in your gown can be found on their website.

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Angel said...

Your gown doesn't even have to be in super-fabulous condition. I know a gal there who takes the really ragged wedding gowns and makes quilts out of them. Then those quilts get auctioned off. Sometimes they'll even have a dress-up station for kids (my little sister did this).

Catherine said...

That's where I got my dress! (and won a mini vacation) I'm a huge fan!

Anonymous said...

There's also the Bridal Garden in NYC. They resell the dresses and donate the money to a children's charity. They are great!

Clare said...

this is great.. my sister-in-law to be is looking for a dress. I will pass on the link for sure.

I didnt wear white at my own wedding so I cant pass that on... but am thinking about donating it to the prom people you posted about the other day! thanks for this

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