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Thanks to new blogger friend Jeannine from Small & Chic in Cville who wrote to share this amazing resource for brides in Central Virginia.

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“Last weekend, I stumbled upon a charity bridal store in Lynchburg, VA (central Virginia) called Church Street Bridal.  Their proceeds go to benefit the local YWCA, which apparently does a lot with survivors of domestic violence.  They get dresses from bridal salons and designers and resell them for $200-$500.  Their biggest source of dresses is Kleinfeld in Manhattan. [of Say Yes to the Dress fame, y'all] I was in shock as I flipped through dresses by Monique Lhuillier, Carolina Herrara, Pnina Tornai, Rivini, etc. with price tags that never went over $500.

The place was empty.  The two girls working there said that people rarely seem to know the labels or how good the deals are.  I felt like I had to get the word out.  So, I posted about the place on my blog a few times (here , here , and here ).  [check out that last post– some $5k gowns for less than $500??? amazing, y'all!] I thought of Budget Savvy Bride immediately.  So, I thought I'd pass the info along to you.  If you come across a bride in the general region on a modest budget, I hope you'll pass the info along.”

Thanks Jeannine for thinking of the BSB community to share this amazing shop! Some more info from their site:

Whether you want to score a bargain or you are just curious, stop by during our listed business hours–there is no need to make an appointment.  You can feel confident in your purchase knowing that the money spent will be used to help women and children in Lynchburg and the surrounding communities.

The YWCA of Central Virginia established Church Street Bridal Shop in 2004.  It was the YW’s goal to find a way to raise funds for the programs offered for women and children, as well as provide a service to the community.  By marrying the two ideas together, Church Street Bridal was formed, offering designer wedding gowns at off-the-rack prices. Church Street Bridal, Too (located in the basement level) houses bridesmaid, prom, mother-of-the bride and cocktail gowns. Between the two shops there are extras such as flower girl dresses, veils, tiaras and shoes. Now, Church Street Couture, located inside the Galleria at 915 Main Street, boasts beautiful couture and designer gowns for off-the-rack prices.

The gowns in the shops are NEW!  They have never been worn other than being tried on or used as a floor sample.  For $200-$650 you can purchase a bridal gown that retailed for $800-$12,000.  There are even dresses in the Mezzanine clearance for $10-$208.  If it’s formal gowns you need, you can purchase them for between $25-$250…and check out the sale room for deals from $10.


If you're in the Lynchburg area, I hope you'll check out this great resource to find the dress of your dreams on the cheap AND support a great cause!

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This is NOT a sponsored post, just a genuinely amazing budget savvy resource that I couldn't resist sharing with you!

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Jessica is the creator of The Budget Savvy Bride; she launched the site in May of 2008, shortly after becoming engaged. Jessica has been recognized as a budget wedding expert by various media outlets and continues to share realistic inspiration and actionable tips to help brides save money on their weddings. Google

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  • T.M.

    Thanks so much for this! I live in Roanoke, which is only an hour away from Lynchburg. I will definitely check this out when I'm on the prowl for gowns!

  • Rachel P.

    How has NO ONE commented on this post yet??? This is major, people. MAJOR!!!

    • savvybride

      I know right??? Amazing! I want to go see it for myself! 🙂

  • Hooray for Church Street Bridal!

    I have an update! The manager of the shop is willing to work with brides by email!!!!! I shared this on a wedding message board and already had girls from Ohio, Louisiana, and even Australia contact her to get dresses. The girl from Ohio wound up driving (8 hours each way) to Lynchburg to get a Monique Lhuillier for $400 and her long veil for $15. The manager's email address is [email protected]

    This is a gold mine, my friends!

  • It is one of the best deals around, you get a great dress for your wedding and you help out women and children. We have partnered for the past 4 years shooting all their bridal fashion and video content for their fundraisers. This is a great non-profit to get involved with beyond buying your dress here. Check out the Purse & Passion fundraiser on the main site. For all those out there the Shop is open on Tues-Friday from 3-6pm and Saturday 10-4pm. Check out and . The YWCA has a team up in NY City right now visiting all the bridal shop and designers this week. Shipments are rolling in as I write this.

  • Such a wonderful resource! I worked at Church Street Bridal and was continually amazed by all the wonderful and beautiful gowns that came through our doors. Worth the trip!!!

  • Mallory M

    OMG…I second Rachel P. "THIS IS MAJOR!!!!!" How many dresses do you keep in stock?!?!?

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