Last year’s Wedding Amnesty, which was launched in association with Johnsons the Cleaners, was a resounding success – to say the least! Originally expected to run throughout the month of June the amnesty has now been going for a year and has, to date, received approximately 600 gowns – not to mention veils, accessories, shoes, bridesmaids dresses, suits, and mother of the bride outfits. We have been absolutely blown away by the generosity of the general public, and cannot thank Johnsons enough for engineering and supporting our campaign so readily.
With last year’s success in mind, it is with great pleasure that we can announce the official launch of the Wedding Outfit Amnesty’s second year, again run with the support of Johnsons – here’s to another amazing year of donations, each one ensuring that we can continue to help couples affected by a terminal or life-limiting illness to experience the wedding day of their dreams.
I have a wedding dress I’d like to donate – what should I do?
The Wedding Outfit Amnesty is being launched across the UK in association with Johnsons the Cleaners – simply take your wedding dress to your nearest branch and they will ensure it reaches us safely. They’ll even dry clean your items for you, meaning that there is no need for you to fork out for this yourself.
I don’t live in the South West – can I still donate my dress?
As the Amnesty is being run across the UK it doesn’t matter where you live – whether you’re up in Scotland or across on the Isle of Wight, your dress is of equal important to us. Johnsons currently have over 320 branches across the country; please use their branch locator to find your nearest shop.
Our furthest donation is currently on its way to us – all the way from America! You can read Kimberly’s story here.
What will happen to my wedding dress once it has been donated?
Once it has been cleaned and passed on to us your wedding gown will become a part of something very special, either by being donated and used by one of our brides directly, or by being sold in our very own Bridal Boutique. Every penny raised by La Boutique goes towards funding our couples’ weddings; your donation will make a difference to so many people.
In addition to its very special Bridal Boutique in Exeter, The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation has also launched its own auction site, which will sell a plethora of wedding items, from dresses and veils, to shoes and other accessories. Please visit the auction site for more information – keep an eye out for your donated items. Who knows how much they’ll raise?
My bridesmaids would like to donate their dresses too – do you only accept wedding gowns?
Not at all! While wedding dresses have always been at the fore of the Wedding Outfit Amnesty, we are equally thrilled to accept veils and shoes, bridesmaids’ dresses, suits, accessories, mother of the bride outfits, and more – in fact, anything you’d like to pass on!