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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.