Lansing bridal salon giving free dresses to military brides

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) –  A mid-Michigan bridal salon is hosting a giveaway for military brides this weekend. It’s all in an effort to support the men and women who serve our country.

Fantastic Finds in Lansing will be giving away more than 100 brand new bridal dresses to military brides. Organizers say many of the dresses retail for over $2,000.

“Being a military bride we don’t have a lot to begin with so this really really helps us out,” said Michaela Clark.

Clark is now able to check one more thing off her wedding check list.

“Yeah the biggest thing, honestly,” said Michaela.

Next June she will be marrying her soulmate Kenneth Perez. He’s in the marine corps stationed in Japan right now and Fantastic Finds is helping to create their special day.

Michaela said, “Their selection is great so far I’m finding a bunch of dresses I like.”

and so will more than 20 other military brides who have signed up so far.

Fantastic Finds Store Manager Kim Gemalsky said, “They do so much for us and the fact that some are deployed, some are active and just not home with their families, we want to celebrate with them and give something back to them.”

This can save brides around $500 to $2,000 on a dress.

“To have the young couple just starting out be blessed with such a huge gift to them.” said Machaela’s mother Dawn Clark. “It’s just, it’s beyond, there’s not even words you can describe.”

But the most priceless gift is that they are able to share this moment as a family.

“It’s so amazing, she’s so beautiful, ” said Dawn. “You see all that come out from the inside out and see her so happy, something that she’s really looking forward to.”

Michaela said, “It’s an overwhelming feeling knowing that we’re not by ourselves and we have family and friends and fantastic finds to help take care of us.”

“Members of the armed forces and their partners not only sacrifice for our country, but they also often sacrifice their wedding dreams”, according to Sue Rosenberger, President of Fantastic Finds.

Military brides interested in participating in this event must fulfill certain requirements to be eligible:

1. Brides must contact Fantastic Finds to make an appointment. They will be required to present their current military ID or their future spouse’s military ID at the time of the appointment.

2. The bride or the fiancé must be a current member of the military and presently, previously (within the last 5 years), or will soon be deployed.

3. Qualified couples must be currently engaged or have had a civil ceremony and/or planning their special day within the next 18 months.

“We request that eligible military brides set up their individual 30-minute appointment as soon as possible as space and appointment times are somewhat limited,” said Rosenberger

To reserve a 30-minute appointment, please call Fantastic Finds Bridal at (517) 702-1200. Fantastic Finds bridal is located at 2925 Wood Street, Lansing, MI 48906 next to Eastwood Towne Center. For more information, see our website: fantasticfinds.com or call (517) 702-1200

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