Events are twice a year, in July and November. Events are hosted by participating bridal salons nationwide or attend a BAA Signature Events at selected venues throughout the year.
If you can’t find a local event on our event list page, please ask your local salons if they plan on hosting an event this year. They may be and have not signed up yet. Also, check back on our website frequently -- as new events are listed right up until a few weeks before events are run.
There is a $40 registration fee that is paid when registering for the event. The fee covers administrative costs associated with running the event. Brides Across America is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization.
You can learn more about Operation Wedding Gown, BAA's Nationwide Gown Giveaway events and how to qualify by clicking the About the Event and How to Qualify? tabs above. If you still have questions, they may be already answered on our contact page in the Frequently Asked Questions tab.
Brides Across America holds its wedding gown giveaways twice a year in partnership with bridal salons across the country. The events take place in July and November to honor our troops around Independence Day and Veteran's Day. To attend, brides must first make sure that they meet the qualification requirements. You may learn more about qualifying by clicking the Who Qualifies? tab above.
Qualifying brides may then register to attend the event at a participating bridal salon by completing the registration form and paying a $30 fee. This small fee helps Brides Across America cover the costs of organizing and running these events. Brides experience financial hardship may contact us about waiving the registration fee. On the day of the event, registered brides must bring a copy of orders, deployment papers, or an official letter confirming the military status of the bride or groom. You will be asked to show this qualifying documentation before you start looking for a gown so please come prepared. Once verified, you will be assisted in finding a gown from the selection provided for the event.
If you can’t find a local event on our registration map/form on our home page or on our event list page, please ask your local salons if they plan on hosting an event this year. They may be and have not signed up yet.
You will find a wide variety of gowns donated by designers, salons, and individuals. Each salon has a different number of gowns and sizes available to give away. Prior to the event, we provide each salon with a complete list of the attending brides and their sizes and do our best to make sure that a good selection is available.
Most gowns require alteration. Alterations and any associated costs are the bride's responsibility. Limit One Gown Per Bride: Brides may receive one wedding gown only from Brides Across America. When you register for a gown giveaway event, you agree to comply with this policy.
If you can’t find a local event on our event list page, please ask your local salons if they plan on hosting an event this year. They may be and have not signed up yet.
If you are a military bride/first responder (or the fiancé of a military member or first responder), you must pre-register and visit one of the participating salons with proof of deployment (check qualifications) to select a wedding gown.
What to bring to the event: Bring driver’s license, military ID, or work ID for verification; Qualifying proof must accompany the bride on the day of the event.
For military brides: a copy of deployment orders for you or your fiancé or an official letter stating name, location and date along with a signature. For first responder brides: a copy of your certification that matches the valid ID of you or your fiancé. If you have any questions please contact us.Register Now for Upcoming Events