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VA Military Brides... Free Gowns

Sorry the formatting is funky! I also posted this on the Military Brides board. Happy planning to you all. I used this program last year it was wonderful!

In honor of Veteran’s Day, Maya Couture is joining Brides Across America and giving away free designer wedding gowns to military brides-to-be!

Event Date: Wed. November 11th, 2010

Place:  Maya Couture  

12 Best Square

Norfolk, VA


Norfolk, VA—10-19-2010, Brides Across America, a nationwide charity dedicated to providing free wedding gowns for military brides, announced today that Virginia’s premier bridal salon, Maya Couture will be giving away free designer wedding gowns on November 11, 2010.  Bridal salons across the country are pleased to reward the military personnel who have served in Iraq, Afghanistan, or whose fiancé’s are on active duty in these areas with this special Veteran’s Day event.

Without organizations like Brides Across America, many military brides would not have the chance to pick out a designer dress for their special day due to economic circumstances. “Many soldiers come back injured and take severe pay cuts.  It makes it very difficult to make ends meet not to mention have a dream wedding.  The least we can do is to help them have a magical day!” said Heidi Janson, founder of Brides Across America. 

Brides Across America and its partners have given over 5000 wedding gowns nationwide since its inception and are striving to double that figure by the end of the year.  Participating bridal salons will be preparing a select number of gowns to be given away to qualifying brides on a first come first serve basis. Gowns are valued between $500 to $3,000 and range from size 4 to 22.

“This is the third year we have participated in the bridal gown giveaway, said Maya Warburton, owner of Maya Couture.  “It is the single most rewarding initiative we host all year.  This year we will be giving away 75 designer gowns, many of them never-been-worn, new samples donated by designer’s Maggie Sottero, Pronovias, and Essense of Australia.”

To qualify, brides must be engaged, be on active duty in the military, or have a fiancé on active duty in either Iraq or Afghanistan.  All military brides must show ID, copy of deployment papers, orders or other qualifying proof. Brides do not have to reside in the area where the giveaway is taking place. The gowns are pre-selected, and each event has limited amounts of gowns, and size ranges. The event is on a first come first serve basis.

About Brides Across America

Brides Across America, a Massachusetts based charitable organization focuses on providing free wedding gowns to those military brides that have not been able to have their dream wedding.  Brides Across America is connecting with bridal salons across the nation to help spread the military spirit.  Since 2007, Brides Across America and its partners have given away more than 5000 wedding gowns nationwide. 

For military brides who are ready to take part in this bridal opportunity of a lifetime on November 11th visit Maya Couture, 12 Best Square, Norfolk, Virginia, 757-461-1690.  

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