DRESS RESCUE | NICOLE BROUGH | GIVING BACK IN TIME + TALENT TO BRIDES
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your business.
My name is Nicole Brough and my company is Your Big Day LLC; I am a certified wedding planner and also a full time stay at home mom. I started my business in 2012 with $25, a kick-starter, and the unyielding passion to be an entrepreneur. Since then, the business has been built by reinvesting the money made back into it. It gives me a feeling of pride knowing that this endeavor is built on honesty, integrity, and compassion. Knowing my clients feel love and support is exactly why I love what I do.
Can you share with us the feeling you had that spurred you into action when you learned of Alfred Angelo closing its door so suddenly?
As a wedding planner, my immediate response to any wedding related crisis is to solve the problem. Although many of the brides I was following on various news posts were not clients of my own, I knew I had to do something to help those women who had been affected. Being blessed with the the knowledge, expertise, and resources through being a planner for 5 years, I wanted to take those skills and use them to help these brides too.
How long did it take for you to get the idea up and running?
Within 3 hours of the newscast announcing the closing of Alfred Angelo, I had designed the logo and began contacting friends and family.
What is the location, date, and times of the ‘Dress Rescue’ event?
August 27th, 2017 from 12-6pm at the Hilton Garden Inn University Place on Forbes in Oakland
Walk us through what brides can expect the day of Dress Rescue.
The Rescue will offer various options for brides to easily find their "second" dress with as little stress as possible. They will be welcomed with an upbeat and fun atmosphere, music, prizes, and more. Our volunteers will be there to make sure they are pampered and taken care of, and that we will do anything we can do to help them get back on track mentally. They will have a selection of new dresses discounted from two local dress shops as well as previously owned dresses at a steep discount. There will even be donated dresses from past brides. We will have options for all brides no matter their circumstance or budget. Brides will sign up for a "time to shop" time slot, so as to eliminate all brides from showing up at the same time. That will allow myself and my team of volunteers the ability to pay special attention to each bride who needs our assistance.
Is there a cost to attend?
There is no cost to attend. It is completely free. Any dresses that are left at the end of the event will be donated to the Treasure House Fashions. They support single moms, female veterans, women over 55, and ladies in relationship distress.
What call to action do you have for our readers so that they can help you make the day a success?
Spread the word! If you have a dress you would be willing to donate please do! The main goal of this event is to help as many brides as we can by matching them with a dress. Since there has never been an event like this in Pittsburgh before, spreading the word is incredibly important so that any bride in need, not just those affected by the Alfred Angelo closing, are aware that someone cares and wants to help.
Do you have any words of wisdom for someone that sees an injustice and has an idea to help but doesn’t know how to get started?
The biggest take-away thus far is that it's going to take time and energy. It will involve smiles and tears, but as long as you continue to reflect on every positive moment, it will combat the moments you feel like giving up. You would be surprised at what you can accomplish. You don’t need money to do something amazing. If you truly believe in what you are doing, and it comes from your heart, people will see that and they will respond. They’ll react and step up to help.
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