Wedding Gowns for a Cause

Gowns sold to help grant wishes for Stage IV breast cancer patients

Brides-to-be lined up in Orange County on Friday to find their dream wedding gowns. And, it's all for a very worthy cause, helping give a brighter future to stage IV breast cancer patients.

Making Memories Breast Cancer Foundation -- a non-profit organization dedicated to granting wishes for men and women battling breast cancer -- has kicked off its 2011 Brides Against Breast Cancer nationwide tour of gowns, and is in Garden Grove this weekend.

The charity wedding gown sale features hundreds of beautiful wedding gowns donated by famous designers, retailers, manufacturers and individuals starting at just $199 and up, including hundreds of brand name and designer gowns, some valued up to $8,000. Tiaras, veils, crinolines and other accessories will also be on sale.

"It's all very orderly and very respectful of each other's space," said wedding planner Liz Coopersmith. "And they're having such a great time, too. It's such a great cause."

Many soon-to-be brides brought along an entourage to help them pick the perfect dress.

"I've got four people here, so five total," said one future bride. "Oh, that is really pretty, that's the fifth dress. Grab it."

The proceeds go to cancer patients, who would like their dreams fulfilled.

"Maybe it's a cruise to Alaska or a ski trip in Colorado. Whatever they want to do, we try to make those dreams come true," said Erin Scharf with Making Memories Breast Cancer Foundation. "They grab their family and friends and really just create some special memories together."

The event takes place at the Anaheim Marriott Suites between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15. Admission is free.

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