Military brides-to-be given free wedding dresses


Starting in October, every first Friday of the month, military brides-to-be can get a free designer wedding dress of up to $4,000 at Compleat Couture in Centennial, thanks to Babara Raskin Myers. She has teamed up with nonprofits James Resource Network and Brides Across America.

Operation Wedding Gown will kick off at the charity salon at 7562 S. University Boulevard on Oct 2. and give those who register for $20, qualify and make an appointment a free range of 500-plus formal dresses australia to choose from. The dresses are sizes 2-30, 95 percent brand-new and from all over the country, with the majority coming from a base in New York City.

Ever since Myers moved here to Colorado from South Carolina, with truckfulls of gowns in tow, she's been hunting for charities and volunteers. With the grand opening of her bridal and formal store in April, it's brought much success, she said.

“I was in New York on 9/11 and have felt a lot of American spirit since,” she said. “A lot of these women who are serving, or who have husbands serving don't have a budget or timeline and the weddings are prompted. Here we want them to have the full experience and bring their friends and family to watch them pick out a dress.”

Two-to-three volunteers will be staffed per bride on the event days, Myers said.

President of James Resource Network Sandy Coen said she knows the intimate area will make the brides feel taken care of before their special day.

BAA has gifted over 14,000 wedding gowns and 20 weddings to date, according to a news release. All dresses at Compleat Couture are donated from manufacturers and anyone in the public interested may donate, Myers said.

The nonprofits are in need of volunteers and donations:

-Gowns for BAA may be donated at Compleat Couture or She She's Corner, where donors will receive a tax receipt. Dresses donated should be dry cleaned.

- Compleat Couture just received a large gown donation from a New York manufacturer and help from the community is needed before they can go on racks.

- Individuals with sewing skills are needed to replace broken zippers and make other minor repairs. Working from home is permitted.

-Volunteers will deliver and pick up

Qualification: The bride or her fiancé must be serving in the military, currently deployed, deployed in the last five years or scheduled for deployment to Iraq, Afghanistan, the Middle East, Korea, Japan or surrounding territory. Prospective brides will be required to present proper identification and deployment papers on the day of the event.


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