Bridal-gown event could evoke Filene’s Basement deja vu
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Even though the famous Filene’s Basement wedding dress sale “Running of the Brides” is no more, Boston-area brides can still get a chance to buy discounted wedding dresses this year.

Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries and Lasell College are hosting “Brides on a Budget,” an event that will display high-end wedding dresses for sale starting at $ 100. The event was held for the first time as a two-day sale in 2009, and will happen again this Sunday, March 4, from noon to 4 p.m., at the Goodwill headquarters at 1010 Harrison Ave. Parking is free.

The dresses were donated from an anonymous bridal boutique through the Lasell Fashion Collection. The college’s fashion students will be at the event to offer free styling services to the brides-to-be.

Proceeds from the event will go toward job training and youth service programs offered through Goodwill, according to Terry Fitzpatrick, vice president of retail enterprise at Goodwill.

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NORTH BEND — Vintage wedding dresses lent by thirty women have been on display at Pony Village Mall since the mall’s Wedding Faire earlier this month. The dresses are on display in the windows across from Sears and will be there through Wednesday. They include dresses from women in the community such the one Barbara (Simpson) Griffin, daughter of North Bend founder Louis Simpson, wore in 1948, and the one Judy (Owens) Wetherell, married to North Bend mayor Rick Wetherell, wore in 1966. The oldest dress on display was worn by Elizabeth Baker in 1942 and donated for display by her daughter Becky Richardson.

Bonnie Hayes, marketing director of Pony Village Mall, said she is looking for international dresses for next year’s display. This year’s dresses were modeled on the runway, but next year the dresses will be on display only.

Those with wedding dresses from other lands can contact Hayes at 541-756-0433.

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