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The Very First Wedding Dress Project Dress Is Back

Posted by Elizabeth on October 4, 2012 at 12:15 AM

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.


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