It’s over before you know it, or is it?

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It’s over before you know it, or is it?
Dress from David’s Bridal

Dear Bride-to-Be,

    Note, I didn’t start this blog with the usual, “Dear engaged COUPLE” but Dear Bride- to-Be.” That is because this blog is for the female half of the two of you.  Today I want to talk about wedding dresses. Your fiance may actually SEEM to care what you wear on your special day, but, really, he loves you and you will be beautiful to him no matter what you wear—or you better re-think the wedding!  You don’t believe me?  Say you are imagining a dress with an empire waist, to better show off your decolletage.   He has no idea what an empire waist is, and he thinks a décolletage is a French sauce, like Bearnaise.   Don’t believe me.  ASK him—right now.  Ask him, “Honey, do you know what an empire waist is?” 

 See?  So you are buying this dress for you.  You deserve it and after all, you only get married once (hopefully). That is absolutely true, but you are on a slippery slope, my dear.  You only get married once (again, hopefully), you only go on a honeymoon once (ditto), you only buy a house once (or twice, three times, maybe), you only have a first- born child once (unless it’s twins or triplets), you see where this is leading?  Before long, your house is in foreclosure and you owe lots and lots on your credit cards.  And where is that dress that you spent hours fretting over?  Why, it’s in the back of your closet, or maybe squirreled away in a box under your bed.   
In my life I have run across very few win-win situations, but I discovered one this week.  There’s a way to save money buying your wedding dress AND do something with that money that will outlive the usefulness of your gown.  You might call it a win-win situation, of which there have been very few in my own life.  How about that?

So close, so convenient!
 On Sunday, February 24th, an organization called Brides Against Cancer will be hosting a Wedding Gown and sales event in Richmond.  That’s right!  The sale will be held at the Omni Hotel in Richmond (address 100 South 12thStreet).  You can find designer and couture gowns there at a 25% to 85% savings.  Don’t believe me?  Just go to  The dresses are new or only slightly used.  We’re talking dresses from David’s Bridal, and other big name bridal shops—We’re talking dresses that sell for thousands of dollars retail, reduced to prices within your means.  The dresses are donated by both stores and individuals for this worthy cause.   

Where does the money go, you ask?  100% of the proceeds go to grant wishes for terminally ill breast cancer patients. Yes, breast cancer is still the second deadliest cancer for women (after lung cancer).   288,130 women were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011 (the latest date for which I could find statistics) and 40,000 women succumbed to this horrible disease in that year.  What a good way to spend your money, then—helping others while preparing for that big day! 
If you are not sure you want to buy a dress at the event, and face what is sure to be a crowd, you might want to check out the dresses BEFORE the sale.  The “unveiling” of the dresses happens the evening before. It’s from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Go to to register for that. 

See you there!  
Yours, Gay Lee,  wedding preacher

You’ll be making someone else happy, too! 

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