Tuesday, Mar 18 2014 04:14 PM

Say yes to the (less expensive) dress

BY MELISSA PEAKER-WHITTEN Contributing writer

Walk down the aisle in style, for less, while helping someone less fortunate. That's what Brides for a Cause is all about. Their wedding dress sales event this weekend helps fund Wish Upon a Wedding, a national non-profit organization dedicated to providing weddings and vow renewals for those with terminal illness and other life-altering circumstances.

"We carry a lot of designer dresses," said Erin Scharf, event coordinator and owner/founder of Brides for a Cause. "We'll have a huge section of just designer dresses, including Vera Wang, Melissa Sweet, Jasmine Couture and Maggie Sottero, among others."

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Wedding dress event

What: Discounted wedding gowns available for sale

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; VIP event 6 to 9 p.m. Friday

Where: The Patino, 425 30th St.

Admission: Free; VIP event is $15 for bride and guest ($10 for each additional guest)

Information: www.bridesforacause.com

The collection features more than 800 dresses in sizes ranging from 0 to 26, at up to 75 percent off their retail price. On average, gowns go for $350 to $400, with prices starting at about $150. Veils, starting at $50, will be available as will other bridal accessories.

The TLC television program "Say Yes to the Dress" donated 16 high-end gowns, according to Scharf. Many of the dresses are brand new, donated from bridal shops, as well as contributions from individuals across the country.

A VIP sneak peek is available from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. The event, which gives brides a chance to see what's available before the general public, includes complimentary food and drinks. Cost is $15 per bride and includes one guest. Additional guests are $10 each. Reserve your spot online at www.bridesforacause.com

Or come out to The Patino, 425 30th St., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free.

If you have a dress from 2008 or later and would like to donate it, you can stop by on Saturday or Sunday during the event to drop it off. Any style or size is welcome and all donations are tax deductible.

Wish Upon A Wedding was founded in January 2010 by Liz Guthrie. The Northern California and Southern California chapters recently granted weddings to two couples, where both brides had breast cancer. The organization is currently looking for Central California wish recipients in need of a dream wedding. Individuals who are faced with life-threatening illnesses are encouraged to apply for a wish by visiting www.wishuponawedding.org

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