Operation Wedding Gown gives wedding dresses to military brides-to-be

Charlotte's Bridal takes part, has given more than 120 dresses

Military brides-to-be had one mission Tuesday; pick out the dress of their dreams.

Charlotte’s Bridal in La Crosse was once again taking part in Operation Wedding Gown. It’s an event that gives free wedding dresses to military brides.

A small line formed outside early Tuesday morning.

A bride to be and her maid of honor bundled up under blankets after getting there three hours early. Another couple drove six hours last night through the winter storm for a chance at a free dress.

Both know what they’re looking for.

“Something I’m going to put on and it’s going to be the one. And I don’t know what that’s going to be, I’m kind of more traditional when it comes to gowns,” said military bride-to-be Jan Thoms.

“I’m not too picky, I’m just hoping to find a free dress. Lies. We came here a few weeks ago and tried on dresses and there’s one she’s hoping it part of the show today,” said Ashley Stitt and Alex Wagner, bride-to-be and maid of honor,

Charlotte’s Bridal has been taking part in this for about five years now. They say it’s something veterans deserve.

“My husband Ed served and my daughter Jennifer and I feel very strongly that this is one way of saying thank you to those who have really taken care of us and we feel all American’s need to say thank you to the veterans for all that they’ve done,” said Charlotte’s Bridal Co-Owner Kathy Walker.

Charlotte’s has given away more than 120 dresses through this program.