We are very excited to announce the first wedding dress donation through our Follow That Dress campaign.
Fiona got married in 2009 and read our post Donate your wedding dress to Malawi.
Hi, I have a wedding dress, veil and shoes that I would like to donate to the lady in Malawi (Joyce) if possible. Please can you advise how I go about doing this? Thanks, Fiona
We got in touch with Clare who is helping to get the donated dresses to Joyce in Malawi and she was equally thrilled. She is going to ask Joyce to send her photos of the brides who hire the dress so we should have lots more Follow That Dress stories soon.
While we impatiently wait for the weddings in which Fiona’s dress will play a starring role, we are delighted to share Fiona’s story:
We got married on 18 September 2009 (yes, it’s taken me a while to do anything with my dress!) at Matfen Hall in Northumberland. My dress came from ‘All That Glitters’ in Wimbledon and is the ‘Aretha’ by Maggie Sottero.
The wedding was quite literally the best day of my life! Obviously the beautiful dress and stunning location helped make it such a special day, but the main thing was just having all of our friends and family there with us to celebrate.
The day seemed to go far too quickly, and my husband and I often find ourselves thinking back to it and chatting about what was our favourite bit with huge smiles plastered on our faces.
I had the dress professionally cleaned after the wedding, but didn’t really know what to do with it – I advertised it for sale on a couple of websites, but the only offers I got were too low, I felt, and I decided I’d rather give it to a good cause than sell it so cheaply.
As we are moving to America soon I decided I needed to do something with the dress sooner rather than later (especially as we celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary recently!), and after doing some research on the internet I decided that donating it to Joyce would be better than giving it to a charity shop, as I liked the idea of helping out not just one but numerous brides, as well as enabling Joyce to support her family in a country where nearly 3/4 of the population live in poverty.
A big thank you to Fiona for her generosity and for sharing her story.
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