Military Brides-to-Be Get Free Wedding Dresses

LAS VEGAS -- Bridal salons across America are giving away wedding gowns to brides, who are either in the military themselves or marrying an active duty member of the military, in a way to honor our troops and say 'thank you for serving.'

It is an event created by a group called Brides Across America.

For the fourth year in a row, a Las Vegas bridal salon did its part by giving brides-to-be the unique opportunity to alleviate the financial stress of a wedding and help them find the dress of their dreams.

Some women were camped outside Couture Bride since 9 p.m. Sunday, hoping to be the first in line to get designer wedding dresses for free.

"When I walked in, I got excited and started sweating," Brandi Wright, who was third in line, said.

Wright, who has spent the last four years in the Army National Guard, took about an hour trying on several designer dresses, before finding the dress of her dreams.

"Every single person in the military is fighting for our freedom and every year if we can do this, it makes us feel better to pay it forward," Annette Cirillo-Bergen with Couture Bride said.

Bride-to-be Catalina Lugo drove here from Los Angeles, as soon as she heard about the wedding dress giveaway.

"This goes a long way and there is a lot of people that can benefit from this and families who sacrifice and to get something like this is really great for us," Lugo said.

For the generous bridal salon, giving away free designer gowns all day is a small price to pay for those who give so much for our country.

"If we can make their dreams come true, then it is perfect," Cirillo-Bergen said.

Many of the dresses given away Monday were either samples that have been discontinued or dresses that had been donated by other women who wore them on their wedding day.


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