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Events occur twice a year around Fourth of July and Veterans Day holidays.  If you are unable to attend one of our events, you can purchase a deeply discounted designer gown in our online store.

Operation Wedding Gown

Brides Across America holds its wedding gown giveaways twice a year in partnership with bridal salons across the country.  The events take place in July and November to honor our troops around Independence Day and Veteran's Day.

How to Get a Free Dress

1
Make sure that you qualify for a dress
In general, you qualify if you are a military bride/first responder (or the fiancé of a military member or first responder),
2
Register to attend an upcoming event
Dress giveaway events are held nationwide in July & November, around the Fourth of July and Veterans Day holidays.
3
Attend your event and get your dress
On the day of the event, you will check-in/provide ID, and will be assisted in finding a beautiful dress. You will leave with your dress that day!

You may find qualification and registration information on our event registration page.  If you can't find a local event on our event registration page, please ask your local salon if they plan on hosting an event this year. They may be and have not signed up yet.

About the Gowns

You will find a wide variety of gowns donated by designers, salons, and individuals. Each salon has a different number of  gowns and sizes available to give away. Prior to the event, we provide each salon with a complete list of the attending brides and their sizes.  We do our best to make sure that a good selection is available.

Alterations

Most gowns require alteration.  Alterations and any associated costs are the  bride's responsibility. Limit One Gown Per Bride:  Brides may receive one wedding gown only from Brides Across America and agree only to use it for personal use. When you register for a gown giveaway event, you agree to comply with this policy.

Registration Fee

There is a $40 tax-deductible registration fee that is paid when registering for the event. The fee covers administrative costs associated with running the event. Brides Across America is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization. Brides experience financial hardship may contact us about waiving the registration fee.

ID Requirement

On the day of the event, registered brides must bring a copy of orders, deployment papers, or an official letter confirming the military status of the bride or groom or a valid work ID for the qualifying first responder.  You will be asked to show this qualifying documentation before you start looking for a gown.  So, please come prepared.  Once verified, you will be assisted in finding a gown from the selection provided for the event.

Still Have Questions?

If you still have questions, they may be already answered on our frequently asked questions page. If not, please contact us.

Who Qualifies?

If you are a military bride/first responder (or the fiancé of a military member or first responder), you must pre-register and visit one of the participating salons with proof of deployment (check qualifications) to select a wedding gown.

  1. Are you engaged and planning a wedding within the next 18 months?
  2. If you are a military bride, you or your fiancé have had a deployment within the past 5 years or have an upcoming deployment?
  3. Are a first responder bride?  You must be an active, police officer, fire fighter, EMT, or Paramedic with a valid work ID?
  4. Have you had a civil ceremony and are now planning a formal wedding.?

Areas that qualify are Iraq, Afghanistan, Qatar, Bahrain, Libya, Kuwait, Korea, Japan, Africa, Syria, Ukraine and other areas overseas. *USCG protecting our waters or boarders and on a ship for 3 or more months during the year.

We accept submarine, special operations and Navy orders.

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