A personal trainer from Omaha, Nebraska, is lending her wedding dress to 12 women, who are all getting married within a year, after offering it up for free on a buy/sell/trade group on Facebook.
Having just celebrated her first wedding anniversary, Dawnetta Heinz was busy packing up read to move to a new home when she spotted her wedding gown, and wondered what she should do with it.
The 22-year-old decided that, rather than keep the gown as some kind of souvenir that was likely never to be worn again, she would try and do something more meaningful with the dress by giving it to another bride in need. Little did she know that one bride would soon become 12.
A special dress: Dawnetta Heinz, 22, will lend her wedding gown to 12 different women over the next year after offering it for free on a Facebook post (pictured)
A very good deed: The personal trainer, overwhelmed with responses to her post, commented asking: ‘What would you guys think if we just passed the dress on to the next person?’
After posting about the dress online, Dawnetta was stunned to receive interested inquiries from more than 700 brides-to-be.
‘I had so many people messaging me telling me their story, how they couldn’t afford it, how they’d have to go to Goodwill,’ she told Yahoo Style. ‘Then I just commented on the post, “What would you guys think if we just passed the dress on to the next person?”‘
Everyone agreed that Dawnetta’s idea was genius, joking that it could be like the sisterhood of the traveling dress, referencing the popular movie where four friends share a pair of jeans that magically fits all their different body sizes.
And this dress is just as magical as those jeans, fitting the first bride to wear the dress ‘like a glove’, needing no alterations of any kind.
The first woman in line, Arianna Pro, also from Omaha, wasn’t planning on having a beautiful wedding gown for the special day, preferring to spend the money on her children, but saw the possibility of wearing a fairy tale dress when she came across Dawnetta’s post while browsing Facebook.
The first in line: Mother-of-four Arianna Pro, from Omaha, already wore the gown to her vow renewal to her husband of six years
A strong woman: Having been homeless at one point, Dawnetta understands what going through financial woes is like
She wore the dress for her vow renewal ceremony on Wednesday on a yacht in San Francisco. Although she and her husband had already gotten married at a courthouse for six years, they wanted to renew their commitment after losing a son.
‘We just needed a little light, a little love,’ said the mother-of-four, adding that now that they have the means to do it right, the couple wanted their children to see ‘that mommy and daddy love each other still.’
Now Arianna will pack the dress up and send a little light to another bride in need of it.
Dawnetta bought the gown at David’s Bridal on sale for less than half the original $1,200 price, after overcoming a difficult past with her husband Jared.
‘We were homeless,’ she said. ‘We sold shakes and were barely getting by, living out of our car. Then we stayed through it, were always faithful to each other.’
Having been through economically challenging times, and now understadning just how many women don’t have the means to buy a special dress for their wedding, Dawnetta doesn’t plan on storing the dress, and hopes to keep lending it to brides who need it, as long as it holds up after so much wear and dry-cleaning.