Bridal Blog: What does Goodwill have to do with wedding season?

NaTisha Moultry, Community Relations Manager

It’s that time of year around here. It’s my favorite time of year. What I like to call wedding season. When I mention this most people ask, “Don’t you work for Goodwill? What does Goodwill have to do with wedding season?” The answer is simple. “Everything.”

Once a year we host the Goodwill Wedding Gala. Area bridal stores donate wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses, flower girl dresses and wedding accessories to be sold at the gala to benefit the Goodwill mission. This years’ gala will be held on March 19th from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at our Rivergate Goodwill store located at 2101 Gallatin Pike N. in Madison, Tennessee.

Goodwill’s Wedding Gala reminds me of how excited I was to plan my own wedding. However, I remember that everything was so expensive. I really got carried away with spending. Now I have learned so much after helping many family members and friends plan weddings about how to save for their march down the aisle. Watching the ladies from last year try on gowns and walk away with their dream gown for less just made me so happy. Now those extra dollars saved can go towards other wedding expenses.

All gowns will be priced at $400 or less. That’s a huge savings because some of the original prices of the gowns were more than $3,000. Not to mention that Brides are not only getting a great deal on their wedding gown, but they are also contributing to great a cause. People often think of Goodwill as a place to shop. However, because of donations and events like the gala, we are providing jobs and training to people in the community.

The Brides Came, They Shopped, They Bought! View the video from the 2010 Bridal Gala!

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About Natisha Moultry

Natisha Moultry always wanted to work in the nonprofit sector. She studied business management at Troy University, and by the time she graduated, she had completed four summer internships with Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee, Inc. Right out of college, Moultry landed a job at Goodwill. She started in the donations department as an administrative assistant. Two years later, Moultry took on the role of Community Relations Manager. Moultry’s biggest event of the year, is also her favorite - the annual Wedding Gala. She also plans and organizes all of our special donation drives, and manages a small crew that picks up donations from businesses and estates. When Moultry’s not working or volunteering in the community, she’s spending time with her husband and young son, who keeps her on her toes. She is also an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

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