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Bride Spotlight: Paige VanSice


We were recently delighted to receive a letter from a Paige, a Michigan bride who was married August 31, 2013.  She said:

“The Bride’s Project of Ann Arbor is truly a project worth supporting! From the helpful staff and volunteers, to the wide variety of styles and sizes at such great prices, I had a one-of-a-kind experience choosing my wedding dress at The Bride’s Project. In addition to their worthy cause, it was their in-house alternations service that particularly impressed me. Knowing they were a small business, and non-profit, I wasn’t sure if they would offer extra services beyond helping choose the dress.  I was pleasantly surprised when my fitting began and there was no middle man—that the same people who helped to see my vision to choose the right dress, were the same people offering alterations if I needed them. I was able to keep my business with The Bride’s Project, and knew my dress wouldn’t leave the store until it was time for me to take it home.

“The dress was perfect (at least I thought so), thanks to the unfaltering work of Jan Lee, my incredibly talented alterations consultant. She customized this dress for me, making it truly my own style and design, knowing I was looking for something special to fit the barn wedding we had planned. I added the black lace bolero (purchased from Angelika Liv’s shop on Etsy), and Jan replaced the dress’s original sequined-banded waistline with a flowing black ribbon I purchased myself. She really made sure every detail was just as I envisioned it, and made our meetings fun and personal. I had a great experience supporting this project, and I thank the entire team for all of the work they are doing. I have certainly been spreading the word!”

We thank you, Paige!  We strive to offer a totally unique and personal experience to every bride we meet.  Our volunteer consultants are incredible indeed, their work being our heart and soul.  We look forward to meeting many more brides this fall!


2013 Whimsical Wedding Event

On Sunday, September 30th, The Brides Project participated in Ann Arbor’s Whimsical Occasions Wedding Event Show. Held in Weber’s hotel, many of our volunteers came out to help with pictures, meeting brides-to-be, dress fittings, etc. The show also included vendor tables with offerings such as flowers, catering, and photography. It was a one-stop-shop event for a variety of wedding needs!

The event was hugely successful and a number brides left very happy to have found a perfect dress.  In addition to finding an amazing selection of gowns, one guest told us, “This is a cause that is very important to me.”  We wish all these brides-to-be a wonderful wedding day, and are grateful to have met you.

Below are some pictures of our volunteers hard at work.  Our consultants were available, as always, to walk brides the whole way through finding the dress to finalizing the purchase!

All photos courtesy of bamphoto.