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Channel 95.5 Dress Drive: All May!

Were you listening to Channel 95.5 this morning? If so, you may have heard the exciting news about our May dress drive! Here’s the details:

The Brides Project is thankful to be partnering up with Channel 95.5’s Shannon Murphy and Art Van Furniture to host our first month long dress drive! All through May, Art Van will be accepting donations of wedding gowns which will be donated directly to The Brides Project.

Additional details can be found on Channel 95.5’s website, here.

Our kick off event is this Saturday, May 5th from 1pm-3pm at the Art Van store across from Twelve Oaks Mall. We’ll have our own volunteers on hand to collect donations and meet with anyone who stops in to see us! If you weren’t excited enough, Channel 95.5 has also partnered with Lucido Fine Jewelry to give away a chance for 1 of 8 $50 gift cards to women who donate their dresses at Art Van on the 5th! A chance at free jewelry gift cards and donating to a worthy cause – what could be better?

We’d love to see you on Saturday and hope that you’ll spread the word about our month long dress drive. The Brides Project wouldn’t be possible with the generous donations of dresses from brides – the more dresses we have, the better we able to continue to help support the Cancer Support Community.

Please share the link to the page on Channel 95.5’s website, or the post on our Facebook page.

Donation Story, Southern Brides Part II: Hadley

Hadley is our second charming Southern Bride. She hails all the way from Georgia and we are very happy to have connected with her!

When we asked Hadley about why she wanted to donate her dress, she told us she wanted to donate to a smaller organization that is really involved in the community. What a heartfelt compliment!

Hadley’s dress is a Casablanca design (orignal cost of $1,000) which she loved because of the train for a more elegant look (during the ceremony), and the bustle for dancing during the reception. We couldn’t agree more about this functional and beautiful dress and we are thrilled to have been chosen to receive it for our salon.

“I hope that the dress brings as much happiness and love to the marriage of the next woman that wears it as it has me.” – Bride Hadley

After Hadley’s sweet wishes for the next bride that wears her gown, who wouldn’t want this dress to be theirs? Thank you, Hadley, for finding us and passing on a part of your special day!


Donation Story, Southern Brides Part I: Amanda

We are fortunate to be able to connect with brides from nearby and far away. So, it’s exciting that we can do to a two part feature on two very lovely “Southern” Brides who generously donated their wedding gowns to The Brides Project!

Our first Southern Bride is Amanda, who is from Florida. She donated a beautiful Maggie Sotterro lace gown that originally cost $1,100 (see Amanda above). We asked Amanda why she wanted to donate to us, and here is what she said:

“I knew when I bought my dress that I didn’t want it boxed up after the wedding and taking up space in the closet. My husband and I wanted our wedding to help others as much as possible, from our charity registry and to sending our centerpieces to a local hospice, so donating my dress seemed obvious. My wedding day was perfect and I love the idea that another bride can use my dress to create a perfect day of her own.

After inquiring with a similar, but larger organization that just seemed too impersonal, I was very excited when I came across The Brides Project on the internet. Like everyone, I’ve known too many people affected by cancer and the mission of the Project and the Cancer Support Community seems to fulfill patient needs that are often overlooked. Coincidentally, my mother grew up and most of her family still live near Ann Arbor, so I even feel somewhat connected to the community being served.”

Amanda looked stunning in her dress and we are thrilled that she found us and donated her dress to support our mission and those at the Cancer Support Community. Thank you, Amanda, for finding us and believing in what we are working to do! 

Stay tuned for Southern Brides Part II coming soon!

A Donation Story From One of Our Volunteers!

Love this beautiful dress? You can thank one of our volunteers, Hilary, for donating it to our salon!

Hilary learned about The Bride’s Project from viewing the great logo on our salon door. Soon after, she replied to a request from one of our founding photographer volunteers, Melanie, to help photograph the larger dresses available for sale. Hilary photographed about 7 or 8 of our beautiful dresses and was hooked.

“It all seemed so organic, that these cherished dresses would more than double their value by being donated to support such a crucial cause. And allow brides to wear high end unique bridal gowns for a great savings. Beyond that, I love that the dresses live again, rather than getting stiff in a box in the attic.”

After learning about The Brides Project, and getting to know the better designers, Hilary saw a wonderful 2nd-hand Maggie Soterro Dress, for such a great price, and knew she had to pass it along to the project.

“This dress is so easy to wear, to move in comfortably, and to look like a movie star. I love the rhinestone spaghetti straps, and the flattering line. It feels like a summer dress, with the added grace of really good lace.”

Hilary hopes the bride that wears this dress feels amazing, gorgeous and at ease. We hope so too!

Thank you Hilary, for your wonderful contributions!

You can contact Hilary through her website.

Volunteer Spotlight: Kathy Davies

On Saturday, at our temporary location, Kathy rounded up a couple of beautiful bridal models, Liz and Eva, to help The Brides Project showcase a few of the gorgeous gowns waiting for their perfect bride. Kathy is a Detroit based photographer, who graciously travels to Ann Arbor to volunteer her time with us. She found out about The Brides Project when one of her best friends purchased a dress from us,  “I came with her and everyone was so helpful and amazing.”

Kathy wanted to get involved as a volunteer because she believes in the mission of The Brides Project and the support provided by the Cancer Support Community. She knows first hand how much help additional support can be for the family dealing with cancer. Kathy’s uncle was diagnosed with cancer three years ago, passing away last week; “It makes me even more determined to make people aware of what a great thing The Brides Project is.”

What does Kathy love about volunteering for The Brides Project? “Taking pics of the beautiful dresses of course!” She especially loves being involved because all the dresses are different; “there are some super cool vintage ones that you probably wouldn’t find at any other bridal shop!”

We asked Kathy to tell us her favorite thing about weddings: “I love capturing the moment, when no one is watching. I love bringing out the beauty in everything, and being a part of someone’s special memories. I also LOVE my couples, they are always so amazing, and I have so much fun with them.”

We have a lot of fun with you too, Kathy! The energy Kathy brings into the salon is incredible, and she does a fantastic job of showing off the dresses we have for sale.

Pictured above, Kathy and awesome models Liz and Eva. Thank you Kathy for all you do!

Kathy can be contacted through her website.

Featured Bride: Keri

We are so excited to have Keri as our Featured Bride!

Before her appointment with us, Keri had been looking for her wedding dress for about a month. She had tried on nearly 50 dresses before she found a dress she really loved. Even though her older sister didn’t give her the reaction she was looking for, Keri was pretty confident she had found “the one”.

Keri made an appointment with The Brides Project after meeting with our volunteers at the Whimsical Occasions Bridal Show in Ann Arbor. We’re so thankful she decided to give our bridal salon a chance, especially after all of the dress shopping she had done!

Since Keri had a dress she was confident about, we asked her how she would decide which dress to go with if she found another she loved. She told us that if all things were equal, the cause of The Brides Project and the Cancer Support Community would weigh more heavily in her decision. Keri has been touched by cancer through friends and family and in the few hours we got to spend with her, you could tell how much she believed in our mission.


“It feels amazing – makes me feel incredible to be doing this” – Keri

We’re delighted to say, that not only did Keri find her wedding dress at The Brides Project, she was also the amazing bride to mark our first sale in our temporary location! We think Keri looks stunning in her dress, a gown by the same designer (Maggie Sottero) as the dress she had originally planned to purchase before finding us.

As if there wasn’t enough to love about Keri, she has promised to donate her dress back to The Brides Project after her wedding next March. She hopes there are more brides that will give full circle, and re-donate their dresses to support our cause. We hope so too, Keri (and we can’t thank you enough)!

Thank you, Keri, for believing in The Brides Project. We wish you all the best and hope to see you after your wedding next year!

Spring Dream – Our Spring Sale is HERE! (April 7th – 22nd)

Dreaming of your picture perfect wedding gown? There’s a good chance you’ll find it, and a great deal, at our Spring Sale! Our gowns are already discounted at least 50% from the original prices – and in this dream sale, many of them will be discounted even further.

We’ve also relocated to a temporary venue to make room for all our gorgeous dresses waiting for their perfect bride.

What’s unique about our bridal salon, that makes this sale even better? 100% of the money from dress purchases goes to the Cancer Support Community, a local Ann Arbor non-profit that provides support for those that have been touched by cancer.

So, what are you waiting for? You’ll feel amazing in your wedding dress. You’ll feel amazing about the price. And you’ll feel amazing that your purchase supports a really great cause.

We hope you’ll stop by our sale and meet our bridal consultants – your dream dress could be waiting for you!

No appointment necessary.

Store Location:
(the old Tree Town Toys site by Kroger)
2611 Plymouth Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Upcoming Sale Hours, 10am to 6pm:
Saturday April 7th
Saturday/Sunday 14th/15th

More dates to come, so stay posted!

Two Local Women Donate to The Brides Project

The Brides Project is happy to introduce two local women, Kim and Sherry, from the Ann Arbor, Michigan area.  Both have donated their wedding gowns to our salon.  Without donations from brides and bridal salons around the country, we would not be able to continue our mission.  We are very grateful to generous women like these.

Our first donor is Kim Andrus of Ann Arbor who got married in 2006.  Kim gave us her beautiful Jasmine Haute Couture 100% silk gown that originally cost $2,000.  It’s a great addition to our inventory and we know it won’t sit long on our racks.

Wedding gowns are very special and hold so many memories of that special day.  We asked Kim why she decided to donate to us and here is what she said:

I learned about the Bride’s Project through a Facebook post from my friend, Kelly.  When I read about the Project and the Cancer Support Community, I knew that donating my wedding gown was the right thing to do.  Not only did the thought of my gown spending eternity in my basement seem a ridiculous waste, but I had also lost my dear Aunt Johanna just over a year ago to cancer.  My ultimate reasons for donating were twofold:  I wanted to provide a beautiful gown, that I was blessed to have, for a new bride to purchase at a lower cost; and knowing those funds would go to help people suffering with cancer, like my Aunt Johanna.  This touched me in a very personal way.  Maybe Aunt Johanna’s quality of life would have been better if she’d had the type of support that the CSC provides.  She contributed towards our wedding and did so much for me during her entire life.  It’s fitting that I can now give something back to help others facing the same situation.


Sherry Perkins is from Ypsilanti and is another very generous woman.  She got married in December 2011, just a little over 3 months ago.  She donated a gorgeous Sottero Midgley gown originally priced at $1,530.  We love this dress!  We contacted Sherry to ask her how she found us and why she wanted to give her special gown to our organization.  Here is what she told us:

At first, I was actually looking to re-sell the dress.  I contacted a business networking partner, Caroll of “Encore” (eBay resale in AA).  She indicated that wedding dresses do not sell well on eBay and gave me the contact information for The Brides Project.  As I reviewed The Brides Project website and learned of your Cancer Support Community, I was sold.  Before being a new Bride on 12/17/11, I was a widow.   My late husband died of melanoma cancer on Nov. 7th 2005.  Had to be that the blessing bridges in both directions through The Brides Project.

The Brides Project thanks both Kim and Sherry for helping us continue our mission at the Cancer Support Community.  Our organization helps cancer patients and their families cope with the everyday trauma of cancer treatment.  We offer support through programs and activities, all of which are free of charge.