PROJECT BRIDAL SWAP! ! ! !

PROJECT BRIDAL SWAP!

The ladies of PW have some amazing shoes, veils, and accesories.  Some of them bought too much for the big day and want to share!  They are looking to gift their new or like-new shoes, veils, and accesories to brides in need who may not otherwise be able to buy or wear them.

 

To participate, there are a few rules!


If you need a bridal item

  • Post your story here in this thread!  Tell us about your wedding, your fiance, and why you need and or would love an item gifted to you by a fellow PW bride!  Please include your shoe size/dress size as applicable, as well as give us a general idea of your overal style and theme!  Feel free to post photos.
  • Please post your wedding date!
  • Be prepared to cover the cost of shipping
  • If a member has something that may work for you, they will contact you privately via PM
  • If you are gifted an item, please make sure to post photos of the item in action at your fittings and wedding!

If you would like to donate a bridal item

  • Items should be a modern bridal style and in new or like-new condition
  • You would be gifting the item to the member and will not get it back
  • The member will pay shipping
  • You get to read through their stories in this thread and decide if you want to contact one of them!  If a members post really speaks to you, and you have something you think they may love and enjoy, send them a PM and include estimated shipping costs.
  • You may also post your item in this thread, but be prepared for a LOT of PM's from brides who want it

RULES:

  • Please be honest
  • PW is not responsible for lost or damaged goods, or failure to deliver
  • I recommend payment of shipping costs be done via Paypal
  •  If you were gifted something, please consider re-gifting it after your wedding!

 

Posted on March 16, 2011 at 5:42 am
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Hello ladies!


So I will make this as brief as possible. My fiance and I have been together for 4.5 years now.  We have been long distant for 3 of those years due to university and law school.  We finally were in the same city and moved in together right after he proposed to me at our favorite Georgetown Italian restuarant when we found out he got accepted for a job with the Foriegn Serivice.  This meant at some point we would be moving over seas for him to work in an embassey.  Well we found out that we would be moving to Ethiopia for two years and that Fiance would have to move before the wedding! In fact they are packing up his things right now and he leaves this sunday. Our wedding is this November 12. 


I have been well on my way in planning but now we just got thrown a huge curve ball. When fiance leaves this sunday I will not see him again till the week before the wedding. 4 and half months, once again long distant. 


Now we have been on a really tight budget because of this move over seas we had to put so much money that we had planned on saving for the wedding towards buying supplies and geting our three kitties ready for the trip, which all has added up to roughtly $7,000. 


So now I this is where you generous ladies come in.  I have had a really tight budget and have found everything on sale etc including my greatly reduced sample sale dress. I am having trouble with the veil though.  I didn't know veils cost like $200 for a peice of tool and some lace.  I would love to have a cathedral lenght veil with lace.  When they put this on me at the store it just completed the whole picture and my mom cried. I can't afford to pay that much though.  I am more than willing to pay shipping and even more than that to find a nice veil for less than $100. 


If you can help me it would be a dream come true!  I know when my fiance sees me walking down the isle after being apart once again it will be like seeing each other for the first time. 


Thank you!

Posted on June 23, 2011 at 8:51 am
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I always hoped this "freecycle" idea would make it into more areas of our lives so we could exercise our generosity muscles! LOL  It really is Godly love at it finest and I can't wait until it's my turn after my wedding day (like many of yours, I see :> ) on 9/10/11.


My story I just updated today on my bio but here's the short for you.  I'm 40 yrs old and have always been a single parent of one son who is now a marine.  Shortly after he left home for bootcamp 2 yrs ago, the man of my dreams moved into my little rental cabin and the rest as they say is history (or a fairy tale LOL).  I just didn't know it for a long time so it's all been a great and wonderful surprise until recently!  I get to marry my best friend who loves me completely and wishes nothing more than to make me happy.  Unfortunately he's been laid off for nearly 2 years and has so far been unsuccessful in his attempts for Disability though if he would go ahead and hire an attorney I'm certain he would be in another year or two.  That's how long it took me to win my Disability for Chronic Fibromyalgia that had me nearly bedridden until we got the medicine right and the depression that accompanies it.  So that gives you the picture of our budget: $1100.00 minus bills, gas (in my 4x4 full size truck), & food for 2 people which usually leaves around $50 to $100 per month if the truck doesn't break down or if the dogs, cat, or horses don't need any extra attention that month!  :}


Great news though...God loves us and has blessed us with contentment in the simple things in life.  Also, He has provided us with many of the things we need already in one fashion or another:  I have my dress and veil from my prior engagement (it just still needs to be fitted), I found shoes at thrift stores for no $ at all, and we found a tuxedo and shoes that fit Mark at a thrift store all for only $8!!! It's a prom tux but we'll make it work.  I also have a bouquet already so we have all the basics really covered, we just don't really have any of the fluff and that is what Mark guilts himself silly over all the time about; not being able to give me "the wedding we both deserve".  He is 49 and has been married 3 times before but always just went to the courthouse so this is his first wedding also. 


We could really use and would dearly love any help any of you may want to offer!  Our wedding theme is all about simple elegance...late afternoon/early evening church ceremony, twinkle lights and lots of candles with unity candle and possible flute for music.  DIY everything of course.  I'm still collecting candles, lights and candle holders as the ones I collected from the first engagement I donated to a church yard sale (if only this sticky was here already!!) I could also use any white tulle available. Colors should be pretty easy as my color scheme is monochromatic pink...that's everthing from lightest pink to burgundy (leaning a little heavier to the burgundy side) while staying out of the purples. 


Then for the reception I need all the help you ladies can possibly muster for a fellow bride!!!!  I have a guest list of about 120 - 130 and I have 2 choices.  Choice #1 is that my so wonderful church is kind enough to bring in a potluck dinner to serve to my guests free of charge, at the church which is small and will be a little cramped but we can make do and I just need to bring a cake...everyone's peachy.  Choice #2 is I scrape like a dog and find a way to rent a venue where we can have room to dance which is what I have always dreamed of since I was a little girl and I used to teach ballroom dance at Arthur Murray's, I have the ladies bring food to the venue before the dancing, and I add 2 extra costs of venue and music if you ladies can help me with the decor: still simple and elegant with some candles and lights and whatever.  I have a talent for making ecclectic work! 


Anyway, sorry I wrote a whole book...that was supposed to be a short story!  :} LOL  God bless all of you and your happily ever afters,


Melodie

Posted on June 23, 2011 at 8:46 pm
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Wow I just have to say I am amazed at the love you guys are passing around its awesome. It's really cool to see people who are willing to give away something just to make someone else happy. I wanted to post my story just in case anyone can help! Thanks for starting this board!


My fiance and I met in college and have had a few bumps in our 5 year relationship but, everytime, we learned something new about each other and I only fell in love with him more. After years of living apart and working through minimum wage jobs we finally live in the same state and are ready to commit our lives to each other. We just got engaged but our wedding date is set for 10 21 11!! It is soon but we both love the fall and I couldnt imagine waiting another year to marry him. We have a budget of about $5,000 so as you can imagine any help I can get would be really appreciated.


My colors are white and teal with gold accents. I don't have a dress or veil or anything yet. I am a size 7-7 1/2 shoe and size 4/6 in dresses. I want a simple country wedding outdoors with eclectic decorations. I'm collecting mason jars and candy bar jars, as well as lanterns and white christmas lights. I love lace and chiffon and anything romantic looking so if anyone has anything I promise to give it a good home! _

Posted on June 28, 2011 at 7:00 pm
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Great post! I love giving back. Here is what i have to give. Please PM if your interested:


A gown which may be used for either a sheek wedding or TTD. I purchased it to use from Ebay and never used it so its in my closet.


It white with rhinstones streaming along the dress and a corset back. Fits size 6-8


On the Model:


    


Great post I love photo 3021288-1


On me:


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 Also have to gift:



  • This hair fascinator i never used: has lace, pearls, feathers


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  • I also have a headband fit for princess, cant find pics right now but pm if interested.


 


 I gotta dig up more wedding stuff


 


 


 


 


    


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


    


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

Posted on June 29, 2011 at 6:26 am
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i love the  hair fascinator!!!

Posted on June 29, 2011 at 10:24 pm
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somewhere out there lives a girl who dreams of the perfect fairytale wedding.  somewhere out there, she is pouring tediously over her wedding budget, cutting here, scrimping there, sighing and getting rid of yet another dream because of monetary constraints. 


somewhere out there is another girl who had her fairytale dream.  somewhere out there is a girl who keeps rearranging boxes of stuff that a year ago were her entire life for a day, wondering what in the world she's going to do with it all and tired of hearing complaints about how much room it takes up.


i have things i'm giving away, even though i'm not in the second group, because, like girl #1, i know what it's like to want things you know you might not ever have.  to those who have given to me, thank you.  to those i'm giving to, you're welcome.  i wish everyone would read this post, because it's possibly the most selfless one out there. 


you guys totally rock.

Posted on July 6, 2011 at 2:30 pm
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nice!!!

Posted on July 6, 2011 at 3:36 pm
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Hello everyone, I am new to project wedding, I happened upon this site during a google search for DIY centerpieces and I must say I quickly fell in love. From the DIY paper bouquets to all the amazing advice I have received from your posts, this site has been an amazing avenue.


I am working on update my page and information and hopefully I will have it up soon! However, on to my story. I am 22 years old and my fiance is 21. We are both full time students and parents. We have to small children, a 4 year old and an 8 month old. My fiance is amazing, he has done more for me and I am so thankful. My 4 year old son is from a previous relationship that tested me not only emotionally, but almost tested my will to survive, it stripped me of my personality, my goals, and I had even forgotten how to dream. And then God sent me this amazing man, who although younger than I has helped bring me to a place happiness. A place where I cannot even explain with words. He came into our lives and excepted us as the package deal that we were. I always worried that my son would never have the father that he deserved and everyday that I am sitting in my home and I hear my son coming home from school and I get to see the excitement and the way he lights up when he sees his "dad" lets me know how truly blessed I am to have him in my life.


We had been dating for about 2 1/2 years, and he finally proposed about 4 months ago. We have already set a date for May 26, 2012. At first it seemed like a million days away, but as I have begun the planning, I am starting to realize that its not so far away. We are very excited about our date, however we are starting to realize how much of a financial burden our wedding is going to be. We have been blessed to received scholarships and financial aid for school, so along with both us working two jobs we have been able to live quite well. However I am graduating May 7th, a couple of weeks before our wedding, and will be starting Graduate school full time shortly after our wedding and will be unable to work due to my course of study so at this point we are trying to save money to live off of as well as save money for our wedding which has a guest list of over 300. And I must admit that the idea is becoming quite overwhelming! We are cutting back in so many areas in our life, we are leaving our home and moving into an apartment, and we are even down to using one vehicle, and I am still afraid that with our regular bills and rising daycare fees that we will come up short.


So I will be very grateful to receive any items that you all are willing to give. I have no problem paying for the shipping costs and I will be MORE than happy to pay it foward. We have been blessed in the fact that my mother has agreed to pay for my dress and the chapel, and my father the reception site, but we are still in need of MANY other things. At times the list scares me.


Our wedding theme is very glamourous yet traditional. We are having an evening wedding and our colors are black, gold, and ivory. I am in search for a cathedral length ivory veil with pearl embellishments or a birdcage veil with pearl embellishments, I am also in search of any ivory, black or gold fabric, and ivory flower girl dresses. I am a very petite bride I wear a size 2-4, although I already have my wedding dress, I am looking for an ivory jumpsuit or strapless pants suit to wear at the reception. I wear a size 4.5 or 5 shoe and can only wear wedge heels due to an early knee injury.


I am so thankful for forums such as this one and will appreciate any gift you are willing to give. I hope you have a blessed and wonderful day!

Posted on July 7, 2011 at 5:12 am
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Hello fellow brides! Here is my story shortened!


My name is jessica (23) and my fiance is Edlir (27). We have spent the last 5 years madly in love and on feb 13th edi popped the question. We were finally financially ready to have a budget friendly DIY wedding on June 30, 2012. However, This past June my sisters Full term baby passed away. To make matters worse she had to keep the baby ( Averyanna ) in her for 2 days before being able to safely deliver her, which ended up being on June 30th, 2011 which is the same day next year we are getting married. My sister was not financially stable enough to have a baby let alone deal with such a loss, so Edi and I ( among other families ) spent a great deal of time and money to provide a proper burial for the baby, help her get caught up with her bills, and get her food on her table. So all of our hard budgeting hit the fan. After doing the math we figured out we will be able to afford the rest of our catering, reception hall, and ceremony costs ( we already put a large deposit down ) but now we can afford linen's, wedding dress and more. My mother passed away when I was young and my father is a dead beat so I have no one to help me, plus edi's parents live in europe and are retired so they can not help either.


So I am here to ask if any bride has anything listed below that they could gift me I would greatly appreciate it:


Wedding dress Size 14, 16, or 14W ( my grandmother can alter these sizes for me )


Tiara, veil, or head piece


8 90" or 120" White, Light Blue, Ivory, Light Pink, Light Green, Soft Yellow table clothes ( any would go with our garden theme )


60 Banquet Chair covers ( white or ivory )


Any help would be great, Thank you!


 

Posted on July 9, 2011 at 5:49 pm
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Well, my FI and I are nontraditional students (we waited to go so we're a good 10 years older than all our fellow students). Finding a job for my FI is hard due to his major- theater education. He HAS to be in three plays per year and that cuts his work availability down to zero. I work 32 hours a week and he does voice over work locally to pay the bills. So there is that.


Then of course there is his epilepsy. Lately his seizures have become more frequent, his meds have changed, and all of it is super expensive. His folks have offered to help but I don't think that alone with help with the wedding.


So, something like this would super help! I'm having a carnival wedding- hopefully!


Thanks so much ladies!

Posted on July 11, 2011 at 6:10 am
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Why was this removed from the stickys?! :(

Posted on July 12, 2011 at 11:03 am
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Why no sticky?

Posted on July 12, 2011 at 11:05 am
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It will be re-stickied soon...they just wanted to draw more attention to the VERY important WW news :)

Posted on July 12, 2011 at 11:05 am
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Yep...Ditto Plumcrush.


We wanted to make sure our WeddingWire news didn't get lost in all the stickies. I'll re-sticky this very soon :)

Posted on July 12, 2011 at 11:34 am
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sweet! Thank you! :D I appreciate the quick responses :) I saw the news earlier! :D Awesome!

Posted on July 12, 2011 at 11:36 am
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Bumpity Bump. :D

Posted on July 13, 2011 at 1:11 pm
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Bumping again :) anyone have any new stories? I'll be sending out some jewelry for someone very soon, and I will post the pics here after she gives the okay.
Posted on July 21, 2011 at 5:32 am
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Hi everyone, I've been lurking on this post for quite a while but just decided to post my story.


Right after my fiance proposed, he lost his job. Then he got another job, and I got laid off. I'm still going to college, and we're also attempting to remodel my grandfather's apartment to make it liveable since it hasn't been touched since he died. Needless to say, everything is completely outdated and just awful. I was recently diagnosed with addisons and a whole host of other maladies, which sucks. We're getting there, since I'm a 9/10/11 bride, but there are some things that we still really need.


As of now, I can offer a plain, unpainted parasol from Sav-on Crafts that I haven't used.


 

Posted on July 21, 2011 at 6:30 am
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Feeling a bit overwhelmed photo 3060078-1Feeling a bit overwhelmed photo 3060078-2Feeling a bit overwhelmed photo 3060078-3Feeling a bit overwhelmed. So many ideas.


But before I go on to tell you what I have been working on I would like to send hugs to Aggiebride, MissHammy and Carolinawedding for your support and selflessness you have expressed and proven. I am honored. Thank you. I will certainly make you proud.


 


Okay so projects....


Ring pillow (a shell with blue and brown raffia and some optional broken shell for filler) a simple bow and hot glue. Will add pics later.Feeling a bit overwhelmed photo 3060078-4


Working on my bouquet. I love calla lilies. I have 3 white artificial ones with some christmas decorations and a piece of the cancan net. stiff suff. I am playing with feathers now. Kinda worried I will spoil it. (beach theme with feathers?) It needed something soft. I am also thinking of threads of beads. I need help here...


I have decided to go with some plants as favors. (this is a plant that was given to me by a gentleman in my neighborhood while me and my FI took a stroll. I was showing my FI the plant and telling him how much I liked it. Not even noticing the gentleman standing there. He was kind enough to give me a baby plant and now I have set many to give to my guest with a little quote/instructions


A splash of water (patience), 
moderate sunshine(laughter),
lots of conversation (respect)
make growing divine...(love)

A symbol of OUR love,
we wanted to share...
keep in a pot...
Handle with care.

Thank you for being here.

I want to do a unity sand ceremony instead of the candles. including our children so I made some pompoms with tissue paper and milk cans and seriously considering using these "pompoms as initial sand vases "no petals for the flowergirl". I will attach a 1.5"-2" ribbon to the cans" pompom and we can all carry a different colour sand and differnent color pompoms and pour the sand into a clear vase. (saving and recycling) Feeling a bit overwhelmed photo 3060078-5Feeling a bit overwhelmed photo 3060078-6


Thanks ladies and gents for puttin up with me. I think I need to figure out how to post these on my pw website...lol 


Pics coming soon.


 Feeling a bit overwhelmed photo 3060078-7


 


 

Posted on July 24, 2011 at 11:59 am
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I will post my story :) My FI and I are both young, soon out of college, just starting out. We both have our student loans to pay back. I got lucky with a steady job but his is in a factory where he never knows if they will lay people off or get sent home early. He is also a volunteer fireman and works when he can in a restaurant. I am working as much as possible to help keep us ahead plus pay for a wedding. Right around the time we got engaged my mother went into rehab for alcoholism and is still there. I have not seen her in a year and a half. It has been very hard planning a wedding without my mom around. I am not able to talk to her either because they have very strict rules where she is - only she can call me and it's on speakerphone for about 5 minutes once a week. Around this same time my father also told me he was divorcing my step-mother and moving to AZ. About a week after this he tells me he has a girlfriend already. With all of this going on I did not even think about our wedding. I began therapy instead when I tried pushing my FI away because of being upset and scared of everything going on around me. He was great about it though. Held me when I cried, listened when I needed to talk, offered advice only when I really needed it and mostly loved me even with my crazy parents. I got better about it and began planning our wedding and even getting excited about it. My dad told me he'd pay for half our wedding so that relieved a lot of budget-stress. So we went ahead and booked our venue and vendors. Then my dad calls me to tell me he can no longer give us ANY money for the wedding. We now have about $4,000 to come up with on top of what we were already having trouble coming up with. We wouldn't have booked the venue or other vendors yet either if we'd known all we'd have to pay for. Growing up my mom always told me she was going to buy my wedding gown, she HAD to, it was her "thing." So I never really thought about a gown budget or anything - my mom was going to get it for me. Well now that I know she is an alcoholic (I grew up with my dad so it was easier for her to hide it) and is in rehab with no income I now also have to buy my gown. I really try not to make myself sound like a sob story or anything but it's been very hard. I have been dreaming about my wedding day forever, thinking about planning with my mom and having my dad walk me down the aisle and marrying the man of my dreams. I am taking an optimistic approach to everything though. I AM marrying the man of my dreams no matter what. My mother is getting the help she needs. My father is happy. They both still love me. And I am surrounded by family and friends who love and care about me and are being helpful with the wedding plans. So we recently just really got going on our wedding plans and I am now a happy, excited bride-to-be :)


So, now that you know my story....We have a garden themed wedding on a golf course. The ceremony is outside, cocktail hour outside, reception in a ballroom. I am 5'6", wedding size 10, shoe size 8. The gown I'm drooling over is an Essense of Australia D1042. I LOVE Princess Kate's veil but have not found anything like that in salons. I need either flat or wedge shoes. I'd love to find some pink ones with some type of floral detail or feeling to it (think Badgley Mischka or Christian Louboutin styles with the chiffon, I think it was called "Lyndee). The dress needs a hoop skirt or crinoline. The earrings I'm imagining are pear-shaped crystal drop earrings and then I think a bracelet would be the only other jewelry I'd wear.


Weding decor I will need - shepherd's hooks, any height as long as there are 6-10 (even #). A parasol (I will be painting "Thank You" on it). Pillar candles for reception decor. We are having a dessert buffet instead of a cake so maybe cake stands and pie plates or other items that could help us display items nicely. We are also talking of doing s'mores at the end of the night so pokers would be nice too. A card box. Table numbers. I'm sure there's a lot I haven't even thought of yet!


We are in the beginning of all of our plans so if you have something you think I might need please let me know. I don't have much on my bio page yet but I did talk a little about the wedding on there so you can get a better idea of what we're going for. Feel free to PM me if you have questions for me too.


Thanks for taking the time to read my story adn for being such a thoughtful person to even consider gifting your wedding items. I love this idea. I had planned on donating our BM dresses to an organization that helps teens for prom/homecoming and my dress to an organization who sells gowns and uses the proceeds for breast cancer. Leftover food is going to our food bank/homeless shelter and the flowers are going to nuring homes and hospitals.

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