TACOMA, Wash. (KOMO) - "Operation Wedding Gown" is giving military and first responder brides in Puget Sound a chance to take home a free wedding dress.
Brides For a Cause in Tacoma is one of 60 stores nationwide participating in the national giveaway that kicked off on Monday.
From now through November 19, brides can register and pick out a gown at the local bridal salon.
That’s making it a lot easier for some brides to say “yes to the dress.”
“It’s an experience every girl should experience at least once,” said Kristi Posey of Tacoma.
It’s been a special day for Posey. She spent the day shopping at Brides for a Cause for the perfect gown with her best friend who flew out from New Jersey.
“There’s a lot to choose from, way too many different styles!” said Posey.
As a military bride, Posey was able to take her dress home on Monday, free of charge thanks to the program. After trying on 30 wedding gowns, she finally found the dress for her wedding on the east coast next summer.
“It’s amazing for every military bride, it’s truly a gift,” said Posey, who was moved to tears. “It’s honorable for them to do it. Being in the military it’s not easy. I haven’t seen him [her fiancé] in three months now. It’s a struggle. It’s rough. But, it’s worth it in the end.”
Deana Berry, manager of Brides for a Cause, explained why the boutique participates.
“It’s a great experience and a great way to say thank you for what they do and what they are a part of,” said Berry.
The bridal store says it’s inventory includes all sizes from 0 to 24, all styles, and all sorts of designers. Every dress is donated.
“Every dress comes in as a bridal boutique as a wedding sample or a bride as a pre-owned wedding dress,” said Berry.
“I couldn’t believe it. It’s too good to miss out. So I decided to register,” said Min Roh, a military bride shopping for a dress Monday. “It means a lot. Honestly, I wasn’t even thinking of getting a traditional wedding gown because of the cost associated. So I’m really really excited. It’s very generous.”