Dozens of military brides picked out free wedding dresses at Glitz Bridal in Bellevue Thursday.
As part of the Brides Across America program, the store gave away wedding dresses to members of the military or their fiancees.
Elise Dixon was among the brides picking out a dress to cherish. Her future husband serves in Bagram, Afghanistan.
“This helps so much,” she said. “It's hard with the military because you don't know where you're going to be, so a lot of it is going to be finances to get where you're supposed to be, so this takes a lot of stress off of us.”
Bridal dresses often cost in the thousands of dollars, while more modest gowns are in the $500 to $800 range.
“In Nashville the average wedding costs $25,000,” said Glitz Bridal owner Ann Miller.
This year some bridal gown companies donated dresses to give out on Brides Across America day.
“The criteria is past, present or future deployment to certain areas of the world, Iraq, Afghanistan [or] Kuwait,” explained Miller.
Brides had to present official documentation of deployment.
Many fiancee's could provide no other information due to national security risks.
Whitney Ware just returned from her deployment in Afghanistan. She and her husband can now plan for a wedding in Florida.
“I'm actually already married but we're going to re-new our wedding vows and have a big wedding,” she told Nashville's News 2.
Read more about Bridges Across America at BridesAcrossAmerica.com.