Goodwill hosts 4th annual Wedding Gala - WKRN News 2

Goodwill hosts 4th annual Wedding Gala

Posted: Updated: March 15, 2013 06:06 PM

Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee offered designer gowns at deep discounts this weekend.

More than 300 people were lined up when doors were opened Saturday morning at the fourth annual Goodwill Wedding Gala.

"We have wedding dresses that will all be sold under $400," said Goodwill Community Relations Manager Natisha Moultry.

Over 350 dresses were sold at this year's event.

Moultry helped gather, sort and price the dresses collected over the last year.

Despite the name, the gala offered more than wedding gowns.

"We have bridesmaid's dresses, mother's dresses, flower girl dresses," Moultry said. "All those will be under $29. Prom dresses as well."

The dresses are discontinued or sampled items donated by local bridal shops. Many have never been worn. All dresses have been professionally cleaned.

Designers include Vera Wang, Watters & Watters, Casablanca, Alfred Angelo, Demetrios, Maggie Sottero, Forever Yours, Mori Lee, Dere Kiang and Mary's Bridals.

"There are strapless dresses. There are dresses with sleeves. There are dresses from size 0 to 30," said Moultry. "All types of gowns for everyone."

Wedding accessories, such as veils, shoes and jewelry were also available for purchase.

Last year's gala drew a crowd of nearly 400 people from across Tennessee and surrounding states. Many lined up 12 hours before the doors opened.

Previous brides offered the following tips to new brides:

  • Arrive early
  • Know your dress size
  • Know your desired style/color
  • Wear something tight for quick fittings (dressing rooms are limited)

Proceeds from the Wedding Gala go toward the mission of Goodwill Industries to provide jobs and job training for the local community.

Goodwill Wedding Gala was from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 16, at the Rivergate Goodwill at 2101 Gallatin Pike in Madison.

The dresses that don't sell on Saturday will remain in the store until 8 p.m. Sunday night.

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