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Fifty-one military brides-to-be given wedding dress, cake

BOYNTON BEACH, FL (WFLX) - It's one of the best things about being a bride-to-be: shopping for a wedding dress. But with price tags, often starting at a couple hundred dollars, buying a dream gown is not possible for everyone. That's why, one bridal boutique gave away dresses for free on Sunday.

"I've been here since 6 O'clock yesterday [Saturday] evening," said Dawn Schneider, Coast Guard fiance.

"I drove down here after work yesterday [Saturday], got here about 2 a.m.," Jessie Saunders, Navy fiance. "And we've been hanging out ever since."

They came early and determined; brides-to-be waited hours to get their dream dress for free.

Mariolka's Bridal Boutique in Boynton Beach gave away 51 gowns to brides in the military or marrying someone in the military.

Each designer gown normally costing between $1,000 and $2,500. "It means a lot to be able to give back to people who are over there fighting and aren't going to be able to spend the holidays with their loved ones, so this is our small contribution," Jayne Fields, Mariolka's Bridal Boutique.

"It'd definitely be a strain on our budget, with a military income, to buy one at this point, so it's really, really generous of the bridal salon," Jessie explained.

Minutes before the doors opened, 25 brides found out they were also getting a custom made wedding cake for free courtesy of Palermo's Bakery. "It's just a few days before Christmas, so it kinda feels like your giving all these brides a Christmas present along with making their dreams come true," said Shawn Mills, Palermo's Bakery.

The bridal boutique opened just before noon Sunday. The first six women rushing through the doors, snatching up a gown and heading to the dressing room in seconds. "It's just so exciting to just actually try on the wedding dresses and get one," said Dawn.

Once the dress was on, each princess took a turn on the catwalk. Some, immediately, falling in love. "Yeah, this is it. I don't need to try anything else on. So I'm feeling good," Jessie said.

Brides, who didn't get the free dress, still received a discount off other gowns.

All the brides-to-be, we talked to left the boutique full of excitement and a few tears. "I'm so excited," cried Dawn. "I'm so out of breath. I'm so pleased. I'm so grateful."

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