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The Very First Wedding Dress Project Dress Is Back

Posted by Elizabeth on October 4, 2012 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (3)

Well, I'm happy to say that the very first wedding dress, the dress that started this whole little labor of love, is back from a wonderful journey with beautiful blogger and friend Cris of  Kiss My Tulle. And our dress is ready for another spin on the dance floor.

In the process of donating my wedding dress I made an incredible friend that I know I will cherish for a lifetime. She motivated me and helped a great deal with the creation of this website, shared with me in the joys and hardships of her wedding story and life, and has always been an email away whenever I needed advice. I'm almost a little sad that our dress' journey together is over, but more so overjoyed that I got to share in this experience with her, and I know that this is really just the begining. You can read about our first meeting here, and find more Wedding Dress Project stories on her blog.

So, without much further ado, Cris has written up a post to share her experience with us and has put the original dress up for donation in the forums. If you are interested in the dress, please leave a comment on her post saying why you’d love to wear this dress on your wedding day!

I got married in a sweet outdoor wedding on May 26, 2012 to The Boy while wearing the most amazing dress –with a more incredible story behind it. See, I am the proud recipient of THE VERY FIRST Wedding Dress Project Dress.

Prior to my wedding, I hadn’t been dreaming about my wedding gown for years. In fact, after I got engaged, I simply could not muster the enthusiasm for wedding dress shopping that it seemed like every other bride had. But then I was browsing around and stumbled upon a strange little ad. It went like this:

"For the past six months, I’ve been racking my brain, trying to figure out what to do with my wedding dress… my poor little dress has just been sitting in my closet all by her lonesome. It really made me sad to think that in her short life, she only had one day in the sun, only one day of glory. She was such a beautiful dress and did such a good job at making me feel absolutely stunning on my day; she really deserved at least one more spin on the dance floor. So, I’ve decided that the best way to honor our day and the dress is to donate her to another bride on a budget, ensuring she dances again."

And this was the accompanying picture:

And I fell in love. It was so beautiful and classic and modest (yet sexy). I held my breath and wrote to the lovely lady offering the dress. Then I hoped. And within days I got an answer, Elizabeth Fairchild picked me to share its story and we’ve been friends ever since.

My wedding was everything I’d hoped for and my dress made me feel beautiful. There was NO WAY that I would have been able to afford anything as lovely as that dress on my $5,000 budget.

Since I got my Wedding Dress Project Dress, I’ve gotten married, twice, lost my father to cancer (but shared my wedding dress with him first), and now – I’m ready to pass that love along to one of you. That’s right, Liz gave me the dress and now I’m passing it along to the next bride. Here are the details:

·        The dress’s measurements are:

  • Bust – 36” (I’m a 34 D and that was definitely the dress’s max!)
  •  Waist – 30”
  • Hips – 38”
  • Length – 57” (I am 5’5” and the hem ended about 2” from the ground)
  • The dress has a train that can be bustled
  • This does not include the veil or the jewelry
  • Recipient pays shipping (unless we can arrange a hand-off!)
  • Recipient agrees to recycle the love with another bride and give the dress away after her wedding.

For your chance to get this dress FOR FREE, leave a comment and tell me why you’d love to wear this dress on your wedding day!

You can read more about my experience as a Wedding DressProject recipient here, here, and here.


TWDP Featured Bride Ashley, a Hair Flower for Her "Something Borrowed Wedding"

Posted by Elizabeth on June 10, 2012 at 7:45 PM Comments comments (0)

As The Wedding Dress Project continues to grow, we'll be featuring brides and newlyweds who've found treasures and made friendships through our site. I'm excited to introduce our first featured bride Ashley, who found a beautiful flower hair pin and matching purse donated to TWDP by a dear friend of mine Nicole. She couldn't use these beauties for her wedding, so wanted to make sure another bride could enjoy them.

I immediately connected with Ashley for her vintage style and recycled wedding plans. She's definitely a girl after my own heart, and her and her husband-to-be make one of the sweetest couples I've ever seen. Just check out these swoonworthy engagement photos!

And if these pictures aren't enough to make you fall in love, here's Ashley's and Fiancé Dustin's story, in her own words.

"Dustin and I are getting married August 4 this year.  We met about 3 years ago, and we just clicked. He's a police officer, so my family always jokes that it'd take someone with the power to lock me behind bars to calm me down. I'm a professional "weirdo" as he says... I've been known to sing, dance, and be awkwardly hyper at all hours of the day and night. 

For our wedding we wanted something where we could invite all of our friends and family, but without breaking the bank. It was important to me to be as eco-friendly as we can, so we settled on a historic-turned-eco-friendly building for both the ceremony and reception. Our colors are plum and green. Keeping with being eco-friendly, we've decided to do a vintage theme and use moss, milk glass, and antique vases for our centerpieces that we've found at estate sales. My mother is growing a lot of the flowers we'll use (mostly zinnias). I bought my dressed used on craigslist, so I could afford to have a second dress for the reception. (An open back, knee-length dress I found on, which is what I'm most looking forward to). A friend I used to work with is starting a new business hand crafting invitations, so we used her for all of our stationary items. Everything we're using we've tried to buy used (we even had an Aunt redo a vintage suitcase for our cards!) 

Dustin has been extremely helpful during our entire planning process, and has even taken some things on of his own to ease my stress! I'm most looking forward to seeing his face as I walk down the aisle. I love the way his eyes light up when he's happy about something and he smiles ear to ear. He's such a good guy; I can't wait to start a family with him!"

Needless to say, it was a pleasure packaging up the hair flower and purse for Ashley. I loved imagining how they would go with her whimsical recycled wedding, and I can't wait to see photos from the big day. I know there is definitely going to be some major wedding eye candy to be had.



Congratulations Ashley and Dustin! Thank you for your support of The Wedding Dress Project. We can't wait to hear all about your big day. And a big thank you to donor Nicole, as well. You added even more magic to Ashley's upcoming wedding and helped make TWDP a new friend.

If you have a success story from The Wedding Dress Project or wedding advice for frugal brides, email [email protected] or connect with us on Twitter. We'd love to share your story on our blog.



Shipping Costs - What to Expect

Posted by Elizabeth on January 7, 2012 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (1)

I recieved a great question from a new member who is considering sharing her dress, but doesn't want to pay for the shipping costs since she'll be giving it away for free (completely understandable). When recieving a dress, it's a good idea to be aware that you will likely be asked to pay for shipping costs unless you're lucky enough to live in the same city. It's important to discuss the costs with your donor and ensure you are completely smitten with the dress and the measurements will work for your body. This is a trade at your own risk site, so make sure you are 100% comfortable before deciding on a dress.

If you are donating a dress, be sure to include your city so that people can consider the cost of shipping, and maybe you'll even make a local match. Also clearly state that shipping fees will be the responsibility of the dress recipient. You can discuss the cost of shipping via email when you choose a recipient.

To calculate shipping fees, we recommend using Also, you may prefer to use" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> to handle shipping transactions, as it's a secure site. Please do not share any personal information on The Wedding Dress Project forums.

Happy sharing!


Welcome to The Wedding Dress Project!

Posted by Elizabeth on January 6, 2012 at 11:30 PM Comments comments (2)

We're so happy to have you here and to be here! We can't wait to meet all of you, hear your stories, and see those pretty dresses you'll be sharing (because that's what we're here for, right).

As we've only been around a few toddling days, there may not be much going on in the forums yet, but we hope you'll stick with us as we continue to grow. We promise your patience will be well worth the wait. Plus, for everyone who posts wedding goodies during these first few months, I'll be happy to give your post extra exposure on Facebook, Twitter, and my personal blog, Plus, plus,the more friends we make and the more support we get for this little site, the closer I'll be to being able to remove those annoying ads you see at the top and the complicated sign-up process, hooray!

This is going to be an exciting adventure together, and we can't wait to get started.

See you i the forums!


P.s., if you'd like my help with posting an ad, would like to share your wedding story on our blog, or just want to say hi, please drop a line to [email protected].

The Wedding Dress Project Blog-What to Expect

Posted by Elizabeth on September 5, 2011 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

The Wedding Dress Project Blog is all about our members and their experiences with TWDP. If you've donated a dress or are in the process of donating, we'd love to share your story on the blog. Email me at [email protected] with your experience, and I'll feature you in a blog.

Here's what TWDP is looking for:

  • Wedding Dress/Apparel Spotlights- Posted a dress or wedding accessory in the forums, but want to shine some extra attention on your item? Email me with the story around your item and why you're donating. I'm happy to help your item find a new home. And trust me, you're going to make some great new friends in this process.

  • TWDP Experiences- Found your new BFF on TWDP (told ya so!). Tell us all about him/her and your experience donating or recieving through the site.

  • Help, I Need a Dress!- Frugal divva planning a wedding on a budget? You're in the right place, tell the community what you're looking for with a blog post, and we'll help you make a connection.

Here's what we're not looking for:

  • Spam
  • Dishonest material
  • Plagerised content

Please check these at the door.

We're looking forward to sharing your stories on the blog. Happy planning!