Gwendolyn Stulgis is a bride who recently got married in her dream wedding dress, but she’s aware of the stress that shopping for a wedding dress comes with – so she’s now on a mission to make the gown shopping experience better!
When she began her search for the perfect wedding dress, she wanted to find a dress that made her feel beautiful. She visited several shops, tried on many dresses, and she finally found ‘the one’ at the local Evaline’s Bridal & Tuxedo, in Warren, Ohio.
The dress had sheer long sleeves, a gorgeous beading, and lace that enhanced all the right parts, but it had one big problem: it cost $3,000.
Stulgis told Insider that she had originally set a budget of $1,000 for the wedding dress, so the gown was too expensive for her.
“I got emotional looking at it because it was everything I really wanted. I don’t think I could have pictured myself in anything else. That dress was just made for me.” – she said. So, she decided tos tretch her budget and get that dress – and she looked absolutely stunning on her big day, when she tied the knot with Frank Stulgis – her now-husband.
After the celebration, she did what most other brides do – hung her dress in the closet. After a few days, however, she realized that the gown wasn’t much use to her anymore – and she decided that she wanted to give the dress a second life. She decided that she would give it to another bride that could wear it at her wedding – and save her $3,000 in the process.
“I want someone else to feel the way I did on my wedding day—to look beautiful. I want the person to feel like they are worth something. I want them to get the dress of their dreams without worrying about buying one. A wedding dress shouldn’t just be kept in a closet.” – she noted.
So less than two weeks after her wedding, Stulgis took to Facebook to share her desire to pass her wedding dress on to a future bride. “So after much consideration, I have decided to give away my Wedding dress. I want it to go to a woman who deserves to have a dress of her dreams that can’t afford one or settled for something more in her price range. I felt absolutely gorgeous in it and want someone else to feel how I felt,” she wrote. In the post, Stulgis stipulated two conditions: The bride’s wedding should be sometime within the next three months and the bride should promise to pass it on too. “I have been very fortunate to have the dress of my dreams, I am forever grateful. There is no real sense to box up such a beautiful dress,” she added.
A few days after the wedding, she took it to Facebook to share that she wants to pass her wedding dress on to a future bride.
On June 4, Stulgis and her husband picked the winner – and it was Margaret Hyde. It was actually Margaret’s sister that submitted for the giveaway, and the Stulgis chose her.
After winning the dress, Margaret said that she was in complete shock, and she looks forward to feeling like a princess for a day.
She now plans on passing the dress along – just like Stulgis did.
Moreover, Stulgis’ heartwarming post inspired many brides to part with their wedding dresses and pass them along to future brides who cannot afford one.
The ‘Shared Dream Dresses’ group has been gaining a lot of popularity lately, and Stulgis added that she has also seen shoes, accessories, and bridesmaid dresses in the group.
“I honestly didn’t think it would get this much traction but I am excited to see it blossom. Everyone should feel the magic and beauty I felt the day I married my best friend.” – she concluded.