100 Military Brides to get Free Wedding Dresses

When it seems like so many people are doing the wrong thing, here’s an example of the right thing to do.


The gowns are freshly pressed and ready to be discovered by a future bride. We should also mention: La Belle Elaine’s Salon is giving them away!

“It’s our way of showing that we do appreciate the sacrifices they make,” said Heidi Van Dyken, the store manager.


Van Dyken is talking about the sacrifices made by military brides. Last year, dozens of women lined up at the salon’s old store in Kirkland — some for more than 24 hours. The bridal salon offered 100 free bridal gowns to brides in the military or brides who are marrying someone in the military.

All 64 women who showed up, left with a dress.

And if a bride lives overseas? Not to worry.

This year, the salon’s new store in Fisher Plaza in downtown Seattle offers a high-tech way to find a military bride a dress. Even if the bride is overseas, her friends and family can show her the dress with a live online feed right from the store. Many of the dresses are fresh out of the box and have never been worn. The average price is $1,200.


And the best part? La Belle Elaine’s Salon made lots of people happy.