Brides Across America is proud to kick off its annual Operation Wedding Gown campaign on Friday, Nov. 13 and Saturday, Nov. 14 at Bacio Bacio Bridal Salon, located at 9160 Forest Hill Blvd. in Wellington. It is one of 60 bridal salons taking part in the national event.
Bacio Bacio will say thank you to military brides by giving away free gowns valued at up to $5,000. Designers will vary, and brides are encouraged to register early. “Operation Wedding Gown” has grown and is now able to grant weddings to military couples in need.
Oftentimes, military couples find it difficult to plan their fairy-tale wedding due to deployment, injury and/or economic hardship. With the collaborative effort, Brides Across America has donated more than 14,000 gowns to military brides and has gifted 20 weddings.
People who want to help the cause can donate gowns or financial gifts online at www.bridesacrossamerica.com. Brides Across America hopes to convey its gratefulness for the service of military families by providing the opportunity of a lifetime.
Founder Heide Janson wants to continue making dreams come true for military couples who have not had the opportunity to plan their dream wedding due to deployment.
“Our continued efforts as an organization are to bring awareness to our communities. My goal is to make sure we don’t forget all of the servicemen and women overseas fighting for our freedom,” she said.
To qualify and register for an Operation Wedding Gown event, either brides or their fiancé must be serving in the military; either currently deployed, have a future deployment, or have been deployed within the past five years to Iraq, Afghanistan, the Middle East, Korea, Japan or a surrounding territory.
To find a nearby salon, brides can visit www.bridesacrossamerica.com to pre-register for an event. Brides must bring proper identification along with deployment papers to be presented the day of the event.
Bacio Bacio Bridal Salon has been serving brides since 2006, with a wide range of wedding gowns as well as dresses for bridesmaids, mothers of the brides and flower girls, along with many tuxedo selections. Visit www.baciobacio.com to learn more.