Brides Against Breast Cancer is something I’m very interested in as my mother died of colorectal cancer and my Grandma had a double mastectomy to beat breast cancer. Basically I’m quite at risk for cancer since my Mom and Grandma are on opposite sides of the Family Tree.—Just another reason to support cancer research and take steps towards healthier living.
Anyways, I heard about this company, Brides Against Breast Cancer which sells used and new bridal gowns. Many of the gowns have been worn but many are new donated from designers and/or are sample gowns. Brides can donate their used gowns to this organization for taxable purposes as well as out of the goodness of their hearts. The organization does (essentially) trunk shows across the country to sell the gowns at discounted prices (mostly $400-$800 with some as high as $4000).This is a significant discount as many bridal salons offer prices $1000-1500 being closer to average with higher costs from there. Personally I’m very into the idea of a tea-length gown as I’m only 5’0″ tall and REALLY REALLY want to have a garden wedding. My dream dress? Alencon (French) lace along the top of the bodice and some kind of straps/ cap sleeves to help hold it up.
Upon reading more about Brides Against Breast Cancer I came across a few things I’m glad to have learned:
1. Typically they charge you to get in the door- It seemed it was average to charge $20.00 per person to enter the event.
2. (Sort of obvious) It’s best to go early on the first day of the few days they are in town- Having more options will always be in your favor, especially when you’re not a common size and finding a dress is going to be enough of a hassle.
3. The V.I.P. event is and isn’t worth it- The V.I.P. event starts 2 hours before the formal event BUT you only have the second hour to get a head start on dress shopping. The first hour is cocktails and listening to all of the vendors present (wedding services eg. salons, dj’s who want you to buy their stuff) then after that you can get a move on shopping in the racks.
4. Wear the underwear you intend to wear on your wedding—unless its revealing- After doing my research it seems that the dressing rooms at these events are made from pipe and drape event curtains (i.e. not suitable for a real dressing room) since you have all sorts of complications in getting a dress on to begin with, make sure you’re wearing spanx on top and bottom to make things fit nicely as well as keeping yourself covered when changing (especially since it might be easier to have your helpers change you in the dressing open space rather than waiting in line for one of the few private rooms).
5. (Again, sort of obvious) Bring a small entourage- When I say small I mean like 2 or 3 people to help you get the dresses on and off and carry things around for you. You won’t have any bridal consultants to help you carry the gowns around or lace you up and get you in and out over and over again so bring your trusty helpers.
Side note to this memo: Everything I read said they have a policy where only 3 gowns at a time can be taken into the dressing room so if you like more maybe have a friend hold onto them and switch things out?
Another side note: Everything I read also said that there is always a seamstress there who can help by giving you some idea of the necessary alterations to make that dress fit you—which is nice if you find out one can be hemmed and another would have to be entirely reconstructed; alterations need to be taken into consideration of the dress budget.