My dress buying experience was the best it could be. There is one bridal boutique in Phoenix that caters to plus size brides. Strut Bridal was the only salon I went to and I walked out with my dress. I was fortunate to get in on their annual sample sale and scored my $1,300 dress for $600. Yes, that dress in the picture was a mere $600. My wonderful Stepmom had offered to pay for it and I wanted to keep the cost low for her. The salon was great because they had dresses that actually fit someone my size. I had heard the horror stories of other plus brides and I did not want that to happen. I had also seen enough episodes of Say Yes To The Dress to know that I did not anyone's preconceived ideas about how I was supposed to look. I decided to take my B team with me to the dress shopping. They were 3 friends that I trusted but were not my besties. And it was perfect. Katie was more sentimental, Jen was totally realistic, and Marilyn was my East Coast chick that was going to tell me like it was. They all knew it was the one. And so it was. I had it in the closet of one of my Best Ladies for almost a year until it was time for alterations and then on to Hawaii.
Four months after the wedding and the dress was hanging in my closet. I had not looked at it since we came home from Hawaii. I had decided that I wanted to do something meaningful with the dress. Donation to an organization seemed the best way to go. I found a charity was all set to donate it but they canceled the local event near me. Then Strut Bridal posted on Facebook that they were collecting dresses for Wish Upon A Wedding. WUAW helps couples with weddings and vow renewals who have terminal or serious illnesses. My husband is a widower so he knows, and I know through him, what happens to a couple when someone is terminally ill. It touched me. So I took my dress to Strut and gave it away.
I know that there will be a bride out there that will love the dress as much as I did. The proceeds from the sale go to the charity and I think that is a wonderful thing. Love is precious. To go through a wedding knowing that time is limited must be so hard. To make that happen for someone by giving away my dress away, is precious. I loved my dress. I have photos to see it any time I want. Now it goes on to someone else with all my love in it.