MANASSAS, Va. (CBSDC) – Some military brides-to-be in Northern Virginia are recieving a big surprise on Veterans Day – Free bridal gowns!
Jeanette’s Bride N’ Boutique in Manassas took part in a national campaign called Brides Across America, which has given away over 10,000 wedding dresses to brides serving in the armed forces or to the finances of military service members.
Kiera Ogden, the manager of Jeanette’s Bridal N’ Boutique says that the store has already given away about 80-100 gowns over the past five years of participating in this campaign. Brides must first pre-register for the event and pay a $20 registration fee.
The store opened at 10 a.m., but brides began lining up outside the store around 7:00 a.m. Ogden says the gowns are given away on a first-come, first-serve basis to brides who have registered.
“When I talked to those brides, they were cold and tired, but they were definitely excited,” Ogden said.
Once the bride picks out their dress they get a receipt with a giant “zero” under the total.
Ogden says it’s important to do something for veterans especially living in an area with so many military and government employees. She had one bride come in with a very limited budget who had no idea the event was taking place.
“She found the perfect dress and just broke down in tears, she could not believe it was free, it was just perfect timing,” she said.
This Veterans Day, Ogden wants to thank all the troops and veterans. It’s an event that she says will continue in Jeanette’s Bridal N’ Boutique because to be able to help military brides is something the store is really proud to take part in.
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