Tennessee store gives away free wedding gowns for military brides

Tennessee store gives away free wedding gowns for military brides

POSTED: Saturday, June 30, 2012 - 11:30am

UPDATED: Saturday, June 30, 2012 - 11:34am

Military brides-to-be on the hunt for the perfect wedding dress drove, in some cases, hundreds of miles to a little shop in Bellevue that is giving away free gowns to servicewomen and to the fiances of servicemen.

"We drove about five hours from Atlanta, GA," said Sam Marie Martinez.

Glitz Bridal on Old Hickory Boulevard was the scene for dozens of military brides on a mission to find their perfect wedding dress Thursday.

More than 50 dresses were available on a first-come, first-served basis to women like Martinez, who served our country in Iraq.

"My fiancee and I met on E-Harmony, and I returned from deployment two years ago," she said.

Breanne Werkmeister is marrying an active-duty soldier and drove all the way from St. Louis to find a gown.

"He's stationed at Fort Campbell, an hour away, so we saw him on the way down," she said.

Glitz Bridal is participating in a nationwide giveaway program, which is sponsored by the group Brides Across America. Typically, a brand new wedding dress costs as much as $2,000, but these brides didn't pay a dime.

"They get to try on three to five dresses, and if they like it, they get to go home with it," said Ann Miller, with Glitz Bridal.

The free dress giveaway program continues Friday at Glitz Bridal. The dresses will be available until they run out, and brides need to only bring a copy of military deployment papers to participate.

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