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Brides for a Cause is a charity bridal store located in Portland, Tacoma, Seattle and Sacramento. We provide a wide range of wedding dresses sold off-the-rack at discounts up to 70% off, all while raising funds for local and national charities. With their vast inventory of donated gowns from stores, designers, and brides, customers are certain to find their dream dress at an affordable price.

About BFAC

  • Over 700 discounted wedding dresses offered at each location
  • All dresses available off-the-rack, take home that day!
  • Sizes 0-24
  • Prices start at just $150
  • Wide range of designers, styles and sizes
  • Shop designer samples, once worn and brand new dresses at a discount
  • New dresses arrive daily!

Services Offered

The dedicated team at Brides for a Cause is honored to help their clients look and feel their best on their wedding day by providing a friendly, supportive and relaxed environment. New additions are added to their selection daily in a wide range of sizes. To add an extra level of personalization and flair to your look, the team provides a wide range of accessories, including:

  • Wedding dresses
  • Bridal seperates
  • Special occassion dresses
  • Veils
  • Bridal belts
  • Hair accessories
  • Jewelry

Brides for a Cause is an affordable, charitable and sustainable way to shop for a wedding dresses! Purchase or donate your wedding dress today!

  • Woman-owned

Frequently Asked Questions

What are your price ranges for full-priced wedding gowns?

Under $500
$500 - $999
$1,000 - $2,499

Who do you provide services for?

Bride
Bridesmaids
Flower Girls
Mother of the Bride

Which of the following services do you provide?

Sample Sales
Trunk Shows

Which of the following items do you offer?

Bridal Belts
Hair Accessories
Jewelry
Plus Size Gowns
Sample Gowns
Shoes
Undergarments
Veils

What is the average turnaround time for a bridal gown?

Less than 6 months
6-8 months

How often do you receive new bridal gowns?

Monthly
Seasonally
Weekly

What is your return policy?

Final Sales
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4.8 out of 5 rating
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2023 Winner
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97% Recommended by couples

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Joanie
Joanie S. Married on 07/22/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Brides for a Cause Sacramento

The new store in Sacramento is right in mid-town next to some awesome brunch/lunch spots with free street parking on the weekend! The boutique is smaller with about six dressing rooms (4 in use for social distancing) and have a concentrated selection of dresses from size 2-18. Bridal sizing is even worse than street sizing, so don't be afraid to go up a few sizes since many of the dresses are samples or donated dresses with alterations. I ended up getting a size 14 Paloma Blanca sample that fit nearly perfect on me (I'm a street size 8-10). The ladies were wonderful assisting me both times. First with my sister and mom, and next alone while my fiance sat on the bench by the door hiding me from view with headphones in so he doesn't spoil the selection process for himself. (He's a good sport). I found my dress after coming in to try on a dress I had on hold and I felt super supported and encouraged to make a decision that was right for me and not what my family might have influenced. Best part was that my dress ended up being nearly 82% off the sample sale price!! So check out their locations especially if you are a bargain hunter, proceeds also benefit various women's charities and the have accessories, veils, bridesmaids and mother of the bride occasion dresses too!
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Lianna X. Getting married on 06/08/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Best Bridal Shop with Reasonable Prices + Inclusive Sizes

Ever since I heard about Brides for a Cause from a friend, I've been raving about them to all of my friends looking for wedding dresses, formal dresses (ranging from short, midi, to long), bridal separates (tops, skirts, pants), and accessories (veils, jewelry, hair pieces, shoes, etc.).

Not only are we contributing to amazing causes, but also giving clothes a new life. Everything's so reasonable compared to going to retail stores and buying everything new.

Scheduling is super easy where you can make appointments online. They were even willing to meet virtually to go over the items they had since Sacramento is a far drive from San Francisco.

One of my favorite parts about their stores is how inclusive and organized their sizings are. I struggled to find my size 14 in bridal shops, but their store makes it so easy to find what you need. Highly recommend their store to anyone and everyone!
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Jessika Getting married on 01/20/2024
5 out of 5 rating

An Amazing Gem for the Conscientious Bride

I'm due to be married in January, and my entire family is excited for my nuptials! Suffice it to say, I had a decent entourage of about 5 plus myself. I booked on an off-day (Monday) and Brides for a Cause was kind enough to allow everyone in.
The selection was wonderful, even for a plus size bride like me (I'm a 16 off-rack). There was a wide variety of styles and the prices were excellent. Think of this as boutique consignment shopping.
These are mostly designer and high end dress samples from previous seasons, so although they're in style, i did see make up stains, small rips, and the like. Nothing a good seamstress and cleaning cant take care of, but just be aware.
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Real Weddings

Shara & Jason
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Emily & Austin
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Eileen & Chris
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Meg & Chris
22 photos 路 07/21/2019
Teresa & Teo
31 photos 路 12/29/2018

Team

Erin Scharf
Erin Scharf
Founder

Erin started Brides for a Cause in 2012! She's currently the Founder & Executive Director.

Since 2012, Brides for a Cause has recycled over 23,000 dresses and given way 1.2 Million to charity! Our charity bridal store wouldn't be possible without our donors from around the country who generously donate wedding gowns and to our brides who choose our bridal store to shop for their wedding dresses!

Donate or purchase your wedding dress from Brides for a Cause to help raise funds for charity!

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