• 'Operation Wedding Gown' gives away free dresses to deserving brides

    By: Patranya Bhoolsuwan

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    TACOMA, Wash. - Some very lucky brides who give everything for their country will get to walk down the aisle in a wedding dress that's absolutely free.

    It’s all part of Operation Wedding Gown, organized by national nonprofit “Brides for a Cause."

    Starting Monday and running through Sunday, women who are active military, veterans or first responders, or those marrying into these families can apply to see if they qualify.

    In the Pacific Northwest, the nonprofit donation-based bridal boutique Brides for a Cause is taking part in this event.

    “It’s a great way to say thank you and give back to those who have done so much for us at a local and national level,” said Deana Nguyen, manager of the Brides for a Cause store in Tacoma.

    There are also locations in Seattle and Portland.

    A bride-to-be picking out a dress at the Tacoma store on Monday, Ali Flockerzi, an 8 year veteran with the U.S. Coast Guard who’s getting married next June.

    “Being a bride on a budget, this is mind-blowing to me,” said Flockerzi. “Having that opportunity to find the gown of your dream is incredible.”

    All the dresses are donated from other bridal stores, designers and manufactures - along with brides who want to give away their dresses.

    The prices are much lower than at regular boutiques ranging from $150 to about $1000.

    The public can come in and shop anytime of the year and proceeds from the sales go to women-focused charities.

    The organization has given away about $700,000 worth of gowns since 2012.

    Click here for more information. 


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