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The season of love is upon us, and so too is one of the most popular days for popping the big question. It's the time of year when your Instagram feed is likely to be filled with photos of happy couples with flutes of champagne and glistening, beautiful diamond rings.
And whether you are coupled up or single, Valentine's Day gives us cause to reflect on all the big loves in our lives, be that friends, family, partners or pets, and share the joy with those around us.
However, for the thousands of girls around the world entering into child marriage, news of their own engagement might not be so joyous. At Brides Do Good, we strive to empower all women, and make a difference to the lives of these girls through our targeted charity projects.
This Valentine's Day we'd like to share a message from three of our lovely brides. These brides either fell madly in love with the perfect dress at Brides Do Good, or donated their own dress to support our cause and help to end child marriage. Through choosing to join our community, these brides have helped to change lives. Thank you, and Happy Valentine's Day.
1. Our first bride Katy wanted a sustainable and ethical way to wed, and says she "couldn't get her head around spending money on a dress I would only wear once." For Katy, the idea that other girls could benefit from her dream dress was the most important part of choosing her gown. "I can't recommend Brides Do Good enough. I had no idea what I wanted from a wedding dress and just by chance saw Brides do Good advertised at Bicester Village last year. When my mum and I arrived we were greeted by Sarah (who is a superstar) with a glass of fizz, and she asked what sort of things I was looking for in a dress, and started pulling out a selection. The whole process was so relaxed which was lovely, and after trying on a few different ones I settled with a beautiful strapless Stuart Parvin dress."
2. Katie also found her stunning Maggie Sottero dress at our Bicester Village pop-up last year, and was thrilled to donate it to us once more after her dream wedding, "I really want to thank Brides Do Good for a wonderful experience. It was such a special dress for such a special day. It's great to know that through this dress, we have donated to an organisation that helps to end child marriage. I now wish all the happiness in the world to the next bride-to-be who buys this dress."
3. Melanie also donated her gorgeous dress, this time by Californian designer Kenneth Winston. At Brides Do Good, we seek to empower young girls to stay in education, a cause that resonated with Melanie, "Education is a basic human right - donating my dress to Brides Do Good means that projects to prevent child marriage by keeping girls in education will be supported. I will be remembered as a Bride who Did Good, as will the person who buys my dress."
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