Here Comes the (Military) Bride
MB Bride will give away free wedding gowns to military brides as part of the national Brides Across America campaign.
Military brides have a lot on their plate, especially when wedding planning is in full-swing. MB Bride in Greensburg plans to give them one less thing to worry about.
The store — which also carries prom collections and tuxedos in addition to bridal gowns — will hold its annual Brides Across America event on Wednesday, July 6 and Thursday, July 7 during store hours. The event provides military brides with a selection of wedding gowns for their big day, free of charge.
“[The brides] have to register through the Brides Across America website and provide the proper paperwork and ID,” says Brianne D’Aniello, assistant store manager and and organizer of the local event.
The event hits particularly close to home for this shop, as the husband of Jennifer Mason, store manager of MB Bride, is currently deployed overseas.
Most gowns are donations from bridal designers and companies, primarily samples and overstocks worth anywhere from $500 to $3,000 and ranging in sizes from 4 to 22. The dress selection exceeds expectations, says Kandace Kettren of North Huntingdon, who took part in the event last year.
“The gown I had was fully beaded, sweetheart neckline — it was gorgeous,” Kandace says. “I don’t want people thinking they’re getting any old dress off the rack.”
The registration process was a breeze for Kandace. After finding her dress, she and her fiancé — a member of the National Guard — took the dress and whisked away to a Las Vegas ceremony after finding out he would soon be deployed.
She says MB Bride was a great place to go as a military bride, and that she even purchased a separate dress there when she returned home for her family ceremony.
“They’re a wonderful place,” she says. “They’re very sensitive to military families. They understand what you’re going through.”
Participants must be pre-qualified military brides, which can be confirmed by calling MB Bride at 724/836-6226, and also must register for an appointment.