Woman loans designer wedding dress for free to other brides
Woman in Minneapolis wants to help other brides feel special on their wedding day by loaning her out designer dress.
“I absolutely loved my wedding dress, it was one of the best parts of being a bride,” she wrote in her ad. “If you are planning your wedding or know someone who cannot afford a wedding dress, please contact me. I’ll lend my dress to the bride on her big day.
Nguyen wore the dress when she got married last year and decided to start loaning it out to other brides as a way to “do something,” she told KARE 11.
She explained that while she sees all the bad news about the coronavirus and civil unrest, she also sees good news – like her friends are getting engaged.
“They’re going through this whole pandemic thing,” she told the station. “You know, the economics of it all, of saying, ‘Oh my God, you know, we’ve got to change our plans’ and stuff. ‘Do we even have a wedding?’ And with that, you know, buying a dress, like, ‘How does that work? Is that safe?’ “
As she thought of her friends, she said she realized, “I have a lovely wedding dress that is right in my closet. “
She herself received the dress as a gift from an American family who had “adopted” her after graduating from Augsburg University.
Nguyen is a Vietnamese immigrant to the United States and she told KARE 11 that when she was planning her wedding she tried on her dress and knew it was the perfect dress, but it was also quite expensive.
However, her “adopted” family helped her get it.
“I thought about what a privilege it was for me to do this and have this opportunity,” she said. “And that’s why I’m doing this too, isn’t it? It’s such a privileged day that so many people couldn’t, and right now, obviously, a lot of people are struggling.”
According to KARE 11, “several people” have already expressed interest in Nguyen’s ad, which she titled “The Traveling Wedding Dress Brotherhood.”
She told the station that she wanted to lend her dress to as many brides as possible.
“I just want to give it away and, you know, share the joy,” she said. “It made me feel like a bride. I wanted this for all the other brides, especially during this time, I want it for them.”
Nguyen even went further by creating a Facebook group on Friday for other brides who wish to do the same.
“This group is for all those who also wish to offer their wedding dress to future brides and spread the love!” she wrote in one of the posts. “Please feel free to post their dresses that you offer here with your link to the Facebook Marketplace or any other social media site you use to spread love.”