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Events occur twice a year.  If you are unable to attend one of our events, you can purchase a deeply discounted designer gown in our online store.

More events will be posted soon!

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 can find event 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 $50 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.

ID Requirement

On the day of the event, registered brides must bring proof of service and ID upon check in.  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.

US Street Sizes (inches)
Size
Bust
Waist
Hips
00
31.5
23
34
0
32.5
25
35
2
33.5
26
36
4
34.5
27
37
6
35.5
28
38
8
36.6
29
39
10
37.5
30
40
12
39
31.5
41.5
14
40.5
33
43
16
42
34.5
44.5
18
43.5
36
46.5
20
46
37.5
48.5
22
48
42
50
24
50
44
52
26
52
46
54
28
54
48
56
30
56
50
58
32
58
52
60

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 (Please see ID requirements on this page) to select a wedding gown.

Note: We accept submarine, special operations and Navy orders.

  1. Are you engaged and planning a wedding within the next 18 months?

    You qualify!
  2. Are you or your fiancé in the military either on active duty, or a veteran within the past 5 years?

    You qualify!
  3. Are you or your fiancé a first responder in the front line of harm's way? We appreciate everyone's service who supports and protects our communities which includes:

    - EMT/Paramedics

    - Firefighters

    - Police Officers

    - Correctional Officers

    If you or your fiancé are working as any of these types of first responders, you qualify!

    All first responders must provide us with a valid work ID or an official letter of service.
  4. Are you a hospital employed bride to be who has assisted in the COVID-19 pandemic?

    You will need to show a valid ID and provide valid documentation of employment. We appreciate everyone in the community that has shown support. Here is the list who qualifies for the program:

    - Covid nurses

    - Covid doctors

    - Covid patient care technician

If you answer 'Yes' to 1, and you also answer 'Yes' to criteria 2, 3 or 4 above, you qualify.