Here's the most important save-the-date for all you summer brides out there.
Goodwill's Wedding Gala, a major annual wedding gown sale, is scheduled for Saturday in Brandon and June 16 in Spring Hill. The two Goodwill stores will offer more than 400 brand-new wedding gowns in sizes from 2 to 26, with prices starting at $100.
We're not talking poof sleeves and bad appliques. We're talking fresh off the design line. Proceeds benefit Goodwill's programs for people with disabilities.
The stock of dresses will be split between the two stores, about 200 gowns at each event. Brands include Priscilla of Boston, House of Wu and Melissa Sweet. These dresses were donated by Athena's Bridal, CC's Boutique, Diana's Bridal, Olga's Bridal Boutique and Priscilla of Boston. Some of the original price tags go up to $4,350, people. You heard right.
We should warn you, the blushing brides are friendly and orderly, but they tend to camp out and line up for this event. Make sure not to lollygag if you want to get a good spot in line. Goodwill suggests campers bring lawn chairs so your bridal bums are comfy. Once you get inside, there will be drinks and snacks donated by Publix, music, dressing room areas, full-length mirrors and pedestals.
Bonus Deal Diva advice? Wear your wedding shoes if you have them (or pick up a pair at the sale!), plus the proper undergarments and something you can slip in and out of easily. You don't want to be unbolting your favorite boned corset and leather pants while some chick in a sundress is beating you to your dream gown. Just saying.
Doors open at 6 a.m. Saturday at the Goodwill Superstore at 1106 E Brandon Blvd. in Brandon, and at 6 a.m. June 16 at the Goodwill Superstore at 4750 Commercial Way in Spring Hill. If you don't find something at the first sale, you can always try the second.