Ne­braska woman lends her wed­ding dress to brides on a bud­get

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ANe­braska woman is lend­ing her wed­ding dress to brides on tight bud­gets in­stead of let­ting it gather dust in her closet. Dawnetta Heinz started shar­ing her dress a month ago with brides who can’t af­ford to buy one, the Omaha World-Her­ald re­ported. The strap­less dress with a beaded bodice has al­ready been bor­rowed by two other brides, and at least eight oth­ers have ex­pressed in­ter­est.

Heinz said she bought the dress on sale for $550 at an Omaha bridal shop. She of­fered it on a Face­book clas­si­fied ad page for free, and within 48 hours a dozen women in­quired about bor­row­ing it. She said she’s faced fi­nan­cial hard­ships and even home­less­ness in her life, so she’s glad to help any woman who can’t fit a dress into her wed­ding bud­get. Heinz and her hus­band are now per­sonal train­ers in Omaha.

Valarie Fitzger­ald, 28, wore the dress for her wed­ding last month. She and her hus­band were plan­ning a court­house wed­ding be­cause of their tight bud­get, but af­ter find­ing out she was able to wear Heinz’s dress, a friend helped Fitzger­ald plan a dec­o­rated out­door wed­ding. “I felt amaz­ing,” Fitzger­ald said. She said she loves the sis­ter­hood of the shared dress, and by wear­ing it she felt a bond with Heinz and with women who will wear it in the fu­ture. “I can’t wait to see how far this dress goes,” she said. — AP

Dawnetta Heinz poses with her wed­ding dress in Omaha.

Ari­anna Pro, left, dis­plays a photo of her in the wed­ding dress of Dawnetta Heinz, right, in Omaha, Neb.

Ari­anna Pro, left, dis­plays in Omaha, Neb a photo of her in the wed­ding dress of Dawnetta Heinz, right, dur­ing her vow re­newal cer­e­mony which took place in San Francisco. — AP photos

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