Hey-o! A while back, BAB put out a call for a rad chicky in NYC to help us stay in the know on rockin’ events and killer happenings around the Big Apple. And we got just that in Michelle, who is planning her own wedding. So when she’s not busy being her radtastic self, she’s reppin’ The Broke-Ass Bride at various parties and shows in New York, then sharing her experience with y’all! Here’s Michelle:
Randy! TV Personality! Fabulous Dresser! Wedding Dress Extraordinaire! Bartender?For one night, at least, he most definitely was! Randy Fenoli, along with other celebrities in the wedding world, volunteered their time and efforts, bartending at a Drinks and Dresses drive at TAJ Lounge in New York City.
Most importantly, this happened:
Photo credit: Michelle Yee
Even more fabulous than Randi, the event supported the New York Chapter of Wish Upon A Wedding, a wonderful organization that provides services and products to hold beautiful weddings for couples that, due to medical and financial circumstance, would not be able to hold the wedding for which they have wished. The organization works with donations and the generosity of many members in the wedding world to grant the wishes of brides and grooms to hold the wedding of their dreams and to be able to celebrate and say “I do” in the presence of their friends and family despite illness, pain and financial limitations. It puts a whole ‘nother meaning behind “dream wedding.”
Wish Upon A Wedding accepts donations in the form of cash-money and also works with their partner, Brides For A Cause, to receive donated wedding dresses that are then resold. 50% of the profits go to help couples facing terminal illnesses.
So remember when you said “yes” to the dress then you said yes to the love of your life? Save that special and beautiful dress from a boxed fate in the back of your closet and give it the opportunity to make another bride glow.
That dress brought tears to your eyes and to the eyes of your beloved. What a beautiful legacy to your love knowing that you passed on your joy to another couple in need.
For more information on Wish Upon a Wedding and to read the inspirational, funny, and wonderful stories about wishes they have granted, please visit their website. To donate your dress, please visit Brides For a Cause.
This week’s Weekend Wrap-Up is full of feel-goodness. The holidays are upon us an it’s always a great time to lend a helping hand, whether you’re on the giving end or the receiving end.
First up, longtime Broke-Ass Bride reader Maria wants to pass on something meaningful to help out a bride-to-be: Her wedding dress.
The gorgeous back of Maria’s dress.
Maria and her husband’s wedding was a public show of commitment not only to one another, but to the community that surrounds them. In her own words, ” … our wedding was not just a commitment to each other but a commitment to our friends and family. Its that memory of that celebration that keeps us grounded and helps us stay focus so that we grow closer together as a family. So I want to make it a little easier for someone else to have that same memory to help them through their relationship.” With this in mind, Maria is seeking someone who shares her and her husband’s values of compassion, social justice and perseverance, and who would be willing to pass the dress forward after use. Dress details: 2009 Casablanca, style 1876. Size 8. Maria is 5’4″ and wore 3-inch heels, but says the dress was a bit long. The dress is a Champagne color and has a French bustle. If you’re interested or want more details, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Interested parties should live in L.A. or be willing to meet Maria in Los Angeles. (Please express your interest by Jan 1st!)
Our very own BAB team member Mellzah is digging in to assist with a project sex and relationship advice columnist Dan Savage started. The author and his merry team of marrying elves are in the throes of giving Seattle City Hall a makeover of epic proportions for the streams of same-sex couples that will be singing their 100% legal love to the world on Dec. 9. Get the scoop here. Mellzah is channeling her inner flower girl and handing out boutonnieres and bouquets to the blushing brides and grooms to be. Mellz and her crew are issuing a shout out to benevolent, LGBTQ-friendly florists to donate bouts and bouquets to bestow a little floral lovin’ on as many couples as possible! If you’d like to help out, here’s the event Facebook page, and you can watch Dan Savage’s video here!
But florists aren’t the only ones being called upon to lend a helping hand. Wish Upon a Wedding‘s yearly online auction opens for bidding Dec. 20 and the organization, which helps provide weddings and vow renewals for those couples — same sex or not — who face terminal illness or serious life-altering circumstances. Auction items are being accepted until Dec. 15. Wedding biz peeps can help out by donating photography packages, cakes, dresses, hotel stays … and so much more. To help out with this awesome cause, simply hop on over here for more deets.
That lovin’ feeling is still oozing out of us here at Broke-Ass Bride, too! Wedding peeps, our rockin’ 20% off Holiday Advertising Sale is still in full swing! Get your mitts on this baller deal by emailing our Advertising Guru Christen at email@example.com. But hurry! The sale ends at the end of December.
Hey, whatcha doing on April 22nd? I'm uber-proud to be the PR/Media Chair for the Southern California chapter of Wish Upon a Wedding - a new non-profit dedicated to granting weddings and/or civil union ceremonies at destinations across the United States to couples who are facing terminal illness. As someone who has been financially limited by my medical history, this cause is very dear to…