Some Brides Say ‘Yes!’ to the Dress Free of Charge

Brides Across America Program offered in the Northland

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Saying ‘Yes!’ to the dress is usually a too-be bride’s most exciting day, but it can also be stressful and more than anything, expensive.

A national program is coming to the rescue though to ensure military and first responder brides are able to experience a special day, with some perks and it’s called Brides Across America.

Rain on your wedding day may be a good luck but so is finding a new wedding dress, free of charge.

Karrie Woodhull’s fiancé Jamie Carlson proposed 4-years ago.

“We actually got engaged really quickly. We had only been dating 5 weeks,” explained Woodhull.

Love at first sight, the couple is finally tying the knot.

“I’m pretty excited to finally get married. It’s about time,” said Woodhull.

Karrie and Jamie have a February wedding planned and she said the Brides Across America program is a perfect fit.

“I’ll be deploying next year so it’s really nice to not have to worry about the dress. The program takes care of that, Bethany takes care of that and I’m really appreciative,” said Woodhull.

Bethany Stauber owns Bridals by Bethany and jumped at the chance to take part in the national program.

“We are going to be giving dresses away to people in the military whether it be the fiancé or the bride herself,” said Stauber.

It’s not just military couples that can take part but also EMTs, Firefighters and police officers.

“These people put their lives on the line,” said Stauber.

It depends upon how many brides sign up to take part in the program, as to how many dresses Stauber has in store.

 “I would say I have about 30 dresses to choose from, we order them based on how many people we get to sign up,” said Stauber.

The majority of the dresses are new with the tags still on them.
“The dress is just such a treat; it’s the most fun I think. Everything else is numbers and food and what are we going to do and the dress is just pretty and fun, so I’m looking forward to it,” said Woodhull.

If you’re curious she did say ‘Yes!’ to the dress while shopping at Bridals by Bethany.

If you’re interested in taking part in the program it will be offered again in July, be sure to sign up early.

Plus, what could be better than a free dress aside from free alterations as well?

Stauber said a Northland lady has volunteered her services free of charge.

To learn more about the program: 

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