The Broke-Ass Bride – April 2014

Hey-o! A while back, BAB put out a call for a rad chicky in NYC to help us stay in the know on rockin’ events and killer happenings around the Big Apple. And we got just that in Michelle, who is planning her own wedding. So when she’s not busy being her radtastic self, she’s reppin’ The Broke-Ass Bride at various parties and shows in New York, then sharing her experience with y’all! Here’s Michelle:

Randy! TV Personality! Fabulous Dresser! Wedding Dress Extraordinaire! Bartender?For one night, at least, he most definitely was!  Randy Fenoli, along with other celebrities in the wedding world, volunteered their time and efforts, bartending at a Drinks and Dresses drive at TAJ Lounge in New York City.

Most importantly, this happened:


Photo credit: Michelle Yee

Even more fabulous than Randi, the event supported the New York Chapter of Wish Upon A Wedding, a wonderful organization that provides services and products to hold beautiful weddings for couples that, due to medical and financial circumstance, would not be able to hold the wedding for which they have wished. The organization works with donations and the generosity of many members in the wedding world to grant the wishes of brides and grooms to hold the wedding of their dreams and to be able to celebrate and say “I do” in the presence of their friends and family despite illness, pain and financial limitations. It puts a whole ‘nother meaning behind “dream wedding.”

Wish Upon A Wedding accepts donations in the form of cash-money and also works with their partner, Brides For A Cause, to receive donated wedding dresses that are then resold. 50% of the profits go to help couples facing terminal illnesses.

So remember when you said “yes” to the dress then you said yes to the love of your life? Save that special and beautiful dress from a boxed fate in the back of your closet and give it the opportunity to make another bride glow.

That dress brought tears to your eyes and to the eyes of your beloved.  What a beautiful legacy to your love knowing that you passed on your joy  to another couple in need.

For more information on Wish Upon a Wedding and to read the inspirational, funny, and wonderful stories about wishes they have granted, please visit their website.  To donate your dress, please visit Brides For a Cause.
Michelle Yee
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$120,000 Raised for WUW in 2013




Proceeds Help Grant Weddings for Couples Facing Terminal Illness and Other Serious Life Altering Circumstances

IMG_2032Portland, OR (February 19, 2014) – Brides for a Cause, a registered commercial fundraiser with the Department of Justice, announced today that it raised a total of $120,000 in 2013 for its partner charity, Wish Upon A Wedding.  The proceeds raised for the charity goes to fulfill the 501(c)3’s mission, which is to grant weddings and vow renewals for couples facing life threatening illness and other serious life altering circumstances, regardless of sexual orientation.  To date, Wish Upon A Wedding has granted more than 60 weddings and vow renewals, including a wedding for a local Portland couple, Heather & Chris, on September 3, 2013.

Founded in April 2012, Brides for a Cause, which recently expanded into a 2,100 sq. ft. warehouse space on NE 20th & Alberta in Portland, is dedicated to collecting new and gently used wedding dress donations from bridal stores, manufacturers and past brides around the country, which are resold to the general public at discounted prices.  In 2013 alone, the organization collected 1,566 wedding dress donations from generous donors around the US and as far away as Australia.  Brides for a Cause sold roughly 700 wedding dresses out of its bridal boutique in Portland, online and by hosting 13 road shows along the west coast this past year, including 5 in Portland.

Proceeds are split 50/50 between Brides for a Cause and Wish Upon A Wedding.  The charity received $119,959 from Brides for a Cause this past year, which marked its first full calendar year in business.  Brides for a Cause covers ALL expenses and overhead costs associated with the partnership, while the charity receives a check in the mail each month for half of the sales.  This gives Wish Upon A Wedding the funds they need to grant weddings for couples who are eager to make a lifelong commitment, despite enduring incredible hardship.  The charity was just featured on for its incredible work. Click HERE to read the story.

The Brides for a Cause bridal boutique in Portland is located at 4942 NE 20th Avenue.  The boutique is open every Friday & Saturday from 10-4 and Sunday from 12-3 and Monday-Thursday by special appointment.  Local brides who shop at Brides for a Cause will find themselves immersed in a sea of over 1,500 designer and brand name wedding dresses, which are all discounted up to 75% off, giving them an opportunity to afford a beautiful wedding dress and support charity simultaneously.  Brides for a Cause is set to host 9 upcoming road show events during the current wedding gown season starting next weekend in select cities, including Seattle on February 20-22.  The organization is currently accepting wedding dress donations 2008 and newer.  Donations are tax deductible.  For more information, please visit


  • Wedding Gowns Collected: 1566
  • Wedding Gowns Sold: 700
  • Road Shows Hosted Along the West Coast: 13
  • Road Shows Hosted in Portland: 5
  • Amount raised for Wish Upon A Wedding: $119,959 

Interviews and media coverage is appreciated to spread the word about Brides for a Cause, so brides can shop for our cause, and to raise awareness about Wish Upon A Wedding and the services it provides to the public with hopes of finding wish recipients in the area.  Photos of the Portland bridal store, its wedding gowns and various road show events are available upon request, along with past weddings and vow renewals granted by Wish Upon A Wedding.


Headquartered in Portland, OR, Brides for a Cause is a commercial fundraiser for Wish Upon A Wedding, a national non-profit organization that provides weddings and vow renewals to couples facing terminal illness and serious life altering circumstances, regardless of sexual orientation.  Brides for a Cause collects and resells donated wedding dresses on behalf of Wish Upon A Wedding to raise funds for the charity.  Wish Upon A Wedding will receive about 50% of the proceeds. To learn more about Brides for a Cause, please visit


Wish Upon a Wedding is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization that provides weddings and vow renewals to couples facing terminal illness and serious life altering circumstances, regardless of sexual orientation.  The organization was created to celebrate the courage, determination and spirit of these couples by granting their dream wedding wishes and for the chosen recipients to inspire other couples facing similar situations to find hope and strength.  Wish Upon A Wedding was founded in 2010 and is based in Santa Clara, CA. The charity has granted more than 60 wedding wishes for deserving couples.  The organization grants weddings for individuals anywhere in the US, including urgent wishes.  To learn more about Wish Upon A Wedding, please visit


Brides for a Cause


Press Release Photo Description & Credit:

Portland residents Heather & Chris were married on September 3, 2013 in Northern California courtesy of Wish Upon A Wedding. Heather has stage IV breast cancer. Photo by Rachel Capil Photography.


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7 Cities in 7 Weeks!

Brides for a Cause is “ON THE ROAD”

We are bringing our beautiful, unique wedding dresses to brides all over California and into Arizona this spring.  Don’t miss us while we are in town for only a few days in each city.  If you are looking for a wedding dress, this is your chance to shop among 800 wedding dresses up to 50-75% off.  If you are a bride on a budget or a bride looking for a way to give back, this charity wedding dress event is for you!

Here’s where we are headed:

Sacramento – March 13-15

Bakersfield – March 21-23

San Diego – March 28-30

Chico – April 4-6

San Jose/SF – April 10-12

Phoenix April 17-19

Orange County/LA – April 25/26

CLICK HERE for more information and to pre-register!

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8 Road Shows this Spring in CA, AZ and WA!

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Brides for a Cause is the place to shop before you walk down the aisle!

If you are looking for a wedding dress, check out our Gown Sale Calendar to find an event near you!

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We pack up our wedding dresses in a huge trailer and host road shows in different cities to give brides an opportunity to find a great dress at a great price and help a great cause.  Attend one of our upcoming road shows and shop among 1,000 wedding dresses discounted up to 75% off!  Our Bridal Store On Wheels is a perfect solution to finding a great wedding dress at a discounted price!

For more information, visit our ROAD SHOW page or SHOP FOR A DRESS ONLINE!

Road Show Confirmed: May 30-June 1, 2014 – Seattle

_MG_9164 reworkedBrides for a Cause is headed back to Seattle! Join us for a special Charity Wedding Dress Sale to support charity on May 30 – June 1 at The Alexis Hotel in Seattle!  Brides will have 3 days to shop among 800+ wedding gowns while our tour is in town!  If you are a bride looking for your dream dress and want to save up to 75%, this event is for you!  Pre-register for the event below!

Friday, May 30, 6 PM – 9 PM
Your VIP ticket gets you in the door to preview and purchase your wedding dress before the public. Includes complimentary food and drinks!
$20 Bride + 1 Guest; $15 Extra Guest Tickets

Saturday, May 31, 10 AM – 4 PM
Sunday, June 1, 10 AM – 4 PM

Free admission! Bring your entourage!

alexis hotelThe Alexis Hotel
1007 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98104

  • Featuring 800+ wedding dresses!
  • All gowns 35-75% off in sizes 0-20, Veils start at just $30!
  • Fitting room on-site to try on the wedding dresses
  • Volunteers and seamstresses to help assist you
  • Get a designer dress at half the price!
  • Most dresses are brand new, never worn from designer stores!
  • You won’t find this selection anywhere else
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  • Discounted bridal accessories available
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