Wednesday, May 2, 2018

3 Places You Can Donate Your Bridal Gown After The Wedding

Last week we gave you a few ideas for what to do with your wedding dress after the wedding, and one of those suggestions was to donate it. If you don't plan on wearing it again or passing it down to your children, donating your bridal gown to a charity or organization is a wonderful way to make another bride very happy. 

Angelus Bridal & Formals did a little research and found a few different places that can help you do that. If you are interested in reaching out to any of them, click the link in their paragraph title to learn more.  

BABC is based in Atlanta, Georgia, and originated out of a charity that was founded in 1997. Since then, they not only have connected brides with affordable pre-owned gowns but also donated millions of dollars to cancer-related charities. The organization is classified as a social enterprise charity (SEC.) While most SECs donate about 10% of their profits and free promotional support to their core cause, BABC chooses to give 50% to their charity!

BABC supports breast cancer causes nationwide with its partnership with Living Beyond Breast Cancer. They also partner with the Georgia Breast Cancer Coalition Fund, supporting cancer health legislative reimbursement efforts. You can find the requirements for donating a wedding dress on their website.  

BAA is a non-profit committed to loving one another by gifting weddings and wedding gowns to our military and first responders. Their mission is to inspire and express gratitude and appreciation for the service men and women serving in the armed forces. Deployments, financial hardships, and other challenges that are unique to military families can make planning a dream wedding difficult.

Since 2008, they have gifted over 20,000 wedding dresses and over 20 free weddings! "Operation Wedding Gown" events are held 2 times a year, generally near Independence Day and Veteran's Day, to offer free dresses to qualifying military brides. In addition to bridal gowns, they also take donations of special occasion gowns, veils, wedding favors, jewelry, and other items that would be useful for planning a wedding. 

This ministry was created to make very special gowns for newborns who pass away in the hospital. It may seem like a small comfort, but it means a great deal to the parents to have this special piece of clothing for family visitation and photographs to remember their child by. 

The baby gowns are created from donated wedding dresses. These are not for sale but instead given as a gift to the grieving families. If you choose to donate, you will receive a photo of the child's gown that is made from your donation. You can find details about donating by reading their story on their Facebook page. 

As we discussed in last week's blog, there are many things that you can do with your beautiful gown from our wedding dress store in Pompano Beach after the wedding. If you choose to donate yours so that someone else can benefit from the gown that brought you so much joy, the organizations on this page are a great place to start. 

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