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Our Memorial Day Sale is TOMORROW!

Are you coming to our Memorial Day Sale tomorrow? We sure hope so! Just check out some of the GORGEOUS dresses we have available and waiting for their perfect bride!


This is an Anaiss Gown in Size 14.

This is an Anjolique gown in size 10.

This is a Size 8 gown – no designer tags.

These dresses are just a small sample of the beautiful gowns you’ll find in our salon! Come on out to our sale tomorrow, over 300 dresses under $300!

Saturday, May 26, 2012
2611 Plymouth Rd., Ann Arbor, MI
10:00am until 5:00pm

Photos courtesy of volunteer Hilary.

Volunteer Spotlight: Kellie Bambach

It’s hard not to be in awe over the beautiful blue color scheme and gorgeous logo we have for The Brides Project, but have you ever wondered who the genius is behind the design? Wonder no more – this edition of Volunteer Spotlight is all about our web and graphic designer Kellie Bambach!

Kellie was one of the very first volunteers to get The Brides Project up and running. When she got involved with her friend Ashley, then marketing chair, The Brides Project was just an idea on paper. As the need for marketing materials and a “face” to the project was apparent, Kellie was asked to develop the look and feel of The Brides Project – no simple feat! When reflecting on the inspiration for the design, Kellie says, “because the shop has unique, one-of-a-kind dresses, each comes with it’s own personal history. This individuality translated to a personal touch, and from there the hand-drawn dress form out of type was born”.

What inspired Kellie to get involved with The Brides Project during its conceptual phases? She loves working with entrepreneurial clients! Kellie had experience working with non-profit organizations throughout her career and understood the challenges non-profits face trying to find funds or resources to get their message out in a professional, strategic way. We more than appreciate and love her willingness to use her design skills for a good cause!

The Brides Project is a great source of revenue for The Cancer Support Community and there isn’t a person around that hasn’t been affected by cancer in one way or another. The Brides Project is a great cause and I’m thrilled to be a part of it. – Kellie

Kellie runs her own company (launched in 2010), Sparklefurry, that provides full service branding solutions. What’s the story behind the creative company name? Kellie explains, “Sparklefurry is such a fun, memorable name. If you think of things that are sure to attract attention… it’s sparkles.  It demonstrates what we try to get our clients to do everyday … Attract attention, get noticed!” Of course, Kellie also focuses on providing results for her clients, and she certainly has provided The Brides Project with results oriented designs and strategic thinking in every detail of the marketing materials we use to support our mission. Her work has been so meaningful that she won TWO Addy Awards (see picture at the top) for The Brides Project, as well as People’s Choice and Best of Show. Very well deserved and we are proud and thankful that Kellie is receiving great recognition for all she has done for us!

In true bridal spirit, we asked Kellie if she had any tips for new brides, and she gave us great advice from a design standpoint: “Planning any event can be overwhelming, but particularly your wedding! When planning, think of one element that you are really passionate about (could be a color, the flowers, a location, a cake, a season…) and build a theme around it. Once you’ve chosen your one key component, take your design cues from that. Being involved in The Brides Project, I have become involved in designing wedding invitation suites (save the date, invitations, programs, menus, thank you cards, etc). The invitation is the first real opportunity to set the tone of the upcoming event and it’s a perfect opportunity to be able to put your personal touch into it. The option of having matching programs, menus, thank you cards, etc. is just the icing on the cake. This level of consistency takes a beautiful wedding and makes it an extraordinary event. It’s your wedding day, your dream, and it shouldn’t be like anyone else. Don’t be afraid to make it your own.”

We love Kellie’s thoughtful insight and eye for detail in everything she does. Kellie has been instrumental in bringing life to The Brides Project and we are forever thankful to have her on our team! Thank you, Kellie!

Kellie can be contacted through her website, Sparklefurry.

We’re having a big, BIG Memorial Day SALE!!

Okay all you brides out there: listen up! We’re having a big, big, BIG Memorial SALE in our temporary location on Plymouth road. How big is this sale, you say? Well, how about this little teaser to make your shopping buds tingle:

300 gowns under $300

100 gowns under $150

Designer brands like Maggie Sottero, Oleg Cassini, Justina McCaffrey & Justin Alexander

And, none of our gowns are over $1,000. If you’ve got your heart rate back down to a normal rate, we’ll fill you in on the rest of the details (all available on our events page as well):

Sale date: Saturday, May 26th

Sale time: 10 am – 5 pm

Sale location: 2611 Plymouth Road (in the old Tree Town Toys location)

Appointments preferred; Walk ins welcome.  You can make an appointment on our website here.

And as a reminder, The Brides Project is a project within the Cancer Support Community – all money raised through sales of wedding gowns is donated to help support the services offered to those who are touched by cancer. We hope to see you on Saturday the 26th – spread the word!

Help the Cancer Support Community Win $1,000!

What could the Cancer Support Community do with $1,000 to help support it’s amazing services? Here’s an idea…

The Cancer Support Community has been working on an expansion to create a new center dedicated to supporting family and children. This new space has a therapeutic play room and an art therapy space, as well as a large exercise space.  In this space we offer:

  • groups for kids 4-12 who have cancer or who have a parent with cancer
  • a group for teens who have cancer or who have a parent with cancer
  • exercise classes for kids who have cancer or who have a parent or sibling with cancer

The $1,000 grant we’re hoping to win will be used to create a storage area for kids’ supplies.  This is the last step needed to complete the new kids and family space!

As you can see, a lot of good can come from $1,000, so we’re asking for your help! The Bank of Ann Arbor has opened up voting on their Project Help contest. Through Project Help, Bank of Ann Arbor will award grants totaling $25,000 to fund much-needed local improvement projects, and as you may have guessed, the Cancer Support Community is up for the $1,000 grant!

You can help us win by going to the Bank of Ann Arbor Facebook page and voting daily. We can’t win without the support of the community so please spread the word – $1,000 can do a lot of good for the families and children that are supported through the Cancer Support Community!


You Can Vote Here:

Saturday Dress Drive Recap

We bet you’re all dying to hear how our kick off event for our Dress Drive went last Saturday at Art Van in Novi. Without making you hold your breath any longer, we’re delighted to say that we collected 10 dresses during the 2 hour event! Wow, just WOW!

One of our favorite stories from the day was a donation from one mother who had her younger daughter wear their dress donation into the store.  The two went out and bought a dress to donate because the mother’s dress was too badly damaged for resale. How sweet are they?! Generosity such as theirs, touches a strong place in our heart and is a great reminder of why we love The Brides Project and all the amazing people we are able to meet!

This is the gorgeous display our volunteers put together for the event. Isn’t it lovely and inviting? Our volunteers certainly have an eye for style :)

This photo marks out 3rd donation within 20 minutes of the kick off! Thank you to the amazing ladies below!

Here’s Shannon from Channel 95.5 posing with Melissa, another dress donor! A great short, flirty style for a summer wedding.

Thank you to everyone who made our kick off event a success. We can’t wait to tally up the donations at the end of the month!

Dress Drive Kick-Off: Tomorrow!


Our dress drive kicks off tomorrow at Art Van Furniture in Novi (just look at the gorgeous flyer our friends at Art Van made)! We hope we’ll see you, Saturday, May 5th from 1pm-3pm. As a reminder, volunteers will be on hand to collect donations (tax deductible forms will be available, too). For every donation on Saturday, you’ll have a chance to win  1 of 8 $50 gift cards to Lucido Fine Jewelry!