Dawnetta Heinz never expected her wedding dress to do so much good. Heinz, who recently celebrated her one-year anniversary, decided to post her strapless David’s Bridal gown to a buy/sell/trade group on Facebook, hoping to gift it to another bride without the means to purchase a wedding dress herself.
As Heinz prepared to move into a new home, she realized this was a far better fate for her dress than having it gather dust in a closet. Having overcome great financial burden in the past herself, Heinz understands the frustrating and unfortunate budget limitations many brides face when searching for their dream dress.“If we can help somebody else feel good on their special day, I would love to do that,” Heinz tells Yahoo Style.
And help she did. Arianna Pro, a mother of four who’s now been married for six years, saw Heinz’s post and, long story short, will be wearing the dress to renew her vows in San Francisco this week! “When I tried the dress on for the first time, there was no altering, there was no nothing. It fit like a glove,” she says.
Pro was one of the first women to write Heinz about the dress. “We had just lost a son, and we just needed a little light, a little love,” Pro says. “We got married at the courthouse. Now we have four children and kind of have the means to do it right, and have them be there with us to let them see that mommy and daddy love each other still.”
But Pro’s touching story was far from the only one to move Heinz. After reading message after message from brides unable to afford their own gowns, Heinz was struck with an idea.
What would you guys think if we just passed the dress on to the next person?” she commented under her original post. The other brides were sold, and one even wrote, “Yeah, it could be like sisterhood of the traveling dress!”
Now Heinz has a list of about 12 women who plan to wear and share the dress over the course of the year. Pro got first dibs, but after her vow renewal she’ll be sending the ruffled ball gown on to the next deserving bride.
See Heinz’s post and dress here.