If you have ever gone shopping for a wedding dress, you know that it is a very expensive purchase for just wearing one day. Many preserve their dress while others “trash” their dress. Another option is to donate your dress and today’s organization gives you that opportunity.
In July 2012, Brides for a Cause partnered with the Wish Upon a Wedding organization. In October of 2012, they opened a retail storefront to sell dresses to benefit the Wish Upon a Wedding organization. In less than a year, they have collected over 1,000 wedding dresses from all across the country with more arriving each week.
Brides for a Cause is a charitable wedding dress organization that resells donated wedding dresses to support charity. Half of their proceeds go directly to Wish Upon a Wedding to help them fulfill their mission of granting weddings and vow renewals to couples facing terminal illness and other serious life threatening circumstances. All the dresses sold by Brides for a Cause have been donated by individuals and bridal stores around the country who are interested in helping those in need have their dream wedding. Their bridal store is in Portland, Oregon, but they also take their inventory on the road to offer local brides an opportunity to find a great dress at a great price while helping a great cause.
Erin Scharf, founder and owner of Brides for a Cause, told me that many of their dresses are new and they are discounted up to 75% off. They want to help brides who visit their store or their road shows to find their dream dress within their budget. She also wanted to thank all the donors and brides who have support them. “We can’t exist without their support.” She encourages past brides with a dress sitting in their closet to donate it for a good cause and to allow another bride to wear it.
How can you help?
- You can donate your dress if it is from 2005 or more recent. You can either mail or drop off your dress. Read the details of dress donation on their website.
- Visit their store or one of their traveling events to shop for and purchase your own wedding gown. Visit their website to find a list of upcoming road shows or sign up to be notified of a road show near you.
- Volunteer to work at an upcoming road show. Local volunteers are needed to help with these dress sales. You can visit their website to sign up as a volunteer.