It is common to borrow clothes between friends, but sharing a wedding dress is not quite the norm. Nebraska bride, Dawnetta Heinz has started the “sisterhood of the traveling wedding dress”, giving her wedding dress to strangers so that they can wear it on their special day.
Heinz came up with the idea when her and her new husband were moving houses and she came across the dress. She said “I saw the dress again, and it was just something in me to give it to somebody.”
In the past, Heinz was in a situation where she would have jumped at the chance to borrow a dress, explaining “I’ve been less fortunate before, so I want to help anyone who has been in that position.”
The dress was purchased by Heinz for her own wedding for $550 at a local David’s bridal store.
Initially, Heinz offered to donate the dress on a local Omaha buy, sell or trade Facebook page but when she received an overwhelming amount of responses, she had another idea.
Heinz recalled, “I had the idea to pass the dress down, and a lot of the brides-to-be were willing and agreed to do that.”
One of the first people to respond was fellow Omaha native, 27-year-old Arianna Pro. Pro was married six years prior in a courthouse but always had a dream to have a traditional wedding.
This dream wasn’t feasible until she saw Heinz Facebook post and said, “She snowballed my dreams”. Pro was able to wear Heinz’s wedding dress at her recent vowel renewal ceremony in San Francisco.
Pro said “I kind of felt like she was there with me a little bit, and I kept thinking none of this would be possible without her, I couldn’t have picked out a better dress myself.”
As the dress continued to travel, another bride to wear it was Valarie Fitzgerald. The 28-year-old bride was planning a courthouse wedding due to financial struggles, explaining: “I didn’t have money to go to the store and buy a dress”.
Moreover, the dress fit perfectly due to its adjustable corset. This has allowed so many brides to fit into the dress, leaving Heinz asking all the brides not to make any alterations.
Heinz has pledged to keep the wedding dress train going and many of the other brides who have worn it have asked to be kept in the loop. The brides finished by saying they have a bond which will never be broken.