It’s such a long time since I last posted (*hangs head in shame*) but I’m very happy to have another fantastic Follow That Dress story for you.
Our first post about donating wedding dresses to Malawi was over a year ago now but the responses from generous-hearted brides are still coming in. Today, we’re sharing Hannah’s story.
When I went to look for a wedding dress, I was expecting to find something COMPLETELY different (isn’t that always the way?). But when I put it on I felt like an absolute princess. It was the ONE! I was so lucky to be able to afford to buy my dream dress on my dream wedding day.
In time, however, my marriage sadly broke down, leaving me with memories and… a wedding dress.
For a long time I tried very hard to sell my dress. All the usual suspects: ebay, facebook, gumtree. All to no avail.
In 2013, I decided to be more proactive about life and started my blog (26-things.blogspot.co.uk) that follows my 26th year by doing 26 things. One of these things was to complete a Random Act of Kindness every month for the year. It occurred to me what a wonderful opportunity I had to pass along what was my dream dress to someone who would love and appreciate it even more than I could.
After a little Google search, I found Ethical Weddings and discovered that a lovely lady called Joyce in Malawi was hiring out dresses to Malawian women for their special day. And that is the story of me donating my wedding dress to this wonderful cause.
It wasn’t just a Random Act of Kindness, it was also a form of closure which allowed me in some small way to contribute to the lives of women half a world away.
A big thank you to Hannah for sharing her story – her dress is now with Clare, Joyce’s contact in the UK, and should be winging its way to Malawi very soon.
If you’ve been inspired to donate your dress, please get in touch.