- Bride Gwendolyn Stulgis posted on Facebook that she was donating her $3,000 (R47,500) wedding dress on the platform.
- Stulgis chose Margaret Hyde “because she’s always the giver,” read Hyde’s submission.
- Since donating her dress to Hyde, Stulgis told Insider that 12 other brides have donated their dresses.
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Gwendolyn Stulgis began her wedding dress shopping experience in search of the dress that would make her feel the most beautiful.
After searching several stores near her home, Stulgis found “the one” at a local boutique, Evaline’s Bridal & Tuxedo, in Warren, Ohio: a champagne-colored wedding dress by Allure Bridals that included beading, lace and transparent fabric on the long sleeves. But the cost was high for the bride: $3,000 (R47,500).
Stulgis told Insider that while it was out of her budget, she loved it too much to pass it on. She originally set a budget of $1,000.
“I got emotional watching it because it was all I really wanted,” she said. “I don’t think I could have imagined myself in anything else. This dress was just made for me.”
Stulgis wore it for her wedding to Frank Stulgis on May 6. She told Insider that her favorite part of the dress was the beads that ran from her back along the elongated train.
After the wedding, Stulgis first put her dress away – then decided it might be useful for another bride
After the celebration, Stulgis, like many brides, hung her dress in the closet. Then she realized that it was no good for her or anyone else to put it away. She decided she would give it to another bride who could wear it on her wedding day.
“I want someone else to feel the same as me on my wedding day — to be beautiful,” Stulgis told Insider. “I want the person to feel like they’re worth something. I want them to get their dream dress without worrying about buying one. A wedding dress shouldn’t be kept in a closet. “
On May 19, Stulgis posted on Facebook that she wanted to pass on her wedding dress to a future bride. She also shared her post on a selection of local Facebook pages.
In the message, Stulgis stipulated two conditions: the bride’s wedding date would be within the next three months, and the bride would promise to deliver it as well.
The winner said she can’t wait to ‘feel like a princess for a day’
Stulgis and her husband, Frank, reviewed submissions nightly until they chose the winner, Margaret Hyde, on June 4. Hyde’s future sister-in-law, Alycia Ashley, secretly submitted her on May 27, just three days before the bride. to be submitted itself.
Ashley told Insider she anonymously submitted Hyde because the bride-to-be mentioned wanting to come in but hesitated.
“Margaret is just an amazing person,” Ashley said. “She’s the kind of person who’ll give you the shirt off her back. She’s always the giver.”
On June 4, Hyde found out she had won thanks to Ashley’s submission. The bride-to-be told Insider that she planned to make her own wedding dress before seeing Stulgis’ post. Ashley added that Hyde planned the wedding herself, including second-hand shopping.
“I was completely in shock, I feel extremely loved,” Hyde told Insider. “I’m a simple girl who wears jeans and t-shirts so I don’t normally wear dresses. I can’t wait to feel like a princess for a day.”
Hyde said she planned to pass the dress, just like Stulgis wanted.
Stulgis started a small online movement with a Facebook group and more and more brides are offering their dresses
Since her first post in May, Stulgis told Insider that 12 brides donate their dresses in the “Shared dream dressesFacebook group she created.
Stulgis has also seen donated shoes, accessories, and even mother-of-the-bride dresses, such as that of Stulgis’ own mother, being repurposed by other women.
“I want to help as many women as possible find their dream dress,” Stulgis said. “I honestly didn’t think it would be so successful, but I’m thrilled to see it blossom. Everyone should feel the magic and beauty I felt the day I married my best friend. .”