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Say yes to the dress, and your cash can go to a good cause


A gown like this one might be available at the annual Brides Against Breast Cancer event Sept. 28-30. (Brides Against Breast Cancer)

D.C. brides take note: The group’s touring bridal sale rolls into the Dupont Circle Hotel beginning Friday, and you might find your dress and help the cause at the same time: Proceeds from the sales and tickets go towards the organization’s mission to offer resources and outreach to women suffering from breast cancer.

Will we see would-be brides dressed only in sports bras wrestling over gowns, as they would at the annual Running of the Brides? One can dream.

The sale offers a lot of tulle for not a lot of dough. Most of the thousand-odd dresses, organizers say, are priced between $99 and $799. All of the gowns are donated to the organization, with some gently used and others still toting the original tags.

Admission is a little convoluted. For first dibs on the dresses, spend $40 for VIP admission on Friday night, which gets the bride and a buddy in for early shopping, plus champagne and hors d'oeuvres.

If you want to shop early on Saturday morning, buy a Pink Power Hour ticket for $20 and get two hours of unencumbered shopping before the masses are allowed in. General admission (Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) is free, but all guests must still reserve tickets.

Lavanya Ramanathan is a features reporter for Style.

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