Multi-Tasking NYC Bridal Gown Shoppers Take Note!

Housing Works NYC1. Discover designer or vintage gown at a great price.

2. Secure an iconic spot for the wedding (regularly featured in film and TV including multiple episodes of Sex and City.)

3. Direct as much of your hard-earned cash for said items to charity as possible.

If any of these items on your to-do list, be sure to stop by Housing Works’ Spring Preview at its Gramercy Location on Thursday, March 17 starting at 5pm. The sale features wedding dresses from this nonprofit’s vault that include designer and vintage dresses at Housing Works prices.

I got hip to this win/win bridal sale while interviewing Jennifer Moon for my most recent post “All Terrain Wedding Fashion.” Here’s what she had to say:

The October before we married, I found that Housing Works Thrift Store on 23rd Street was having a bridal event. The sale was very organized, including a printed brochure of all the dresses donated from various designers with prices ranging from $60 to $1,500.

It was interesting to not work with a professional, but a volunteer who believes in Housing Works mission. There was camaraderie between us because she wasn’t trying to sell me something. The third dress she brought out had a train and since I knew we were coming in on canoe, we didn’t think it would work.

That’s until she noticed that the train was detachable! At $60, the price made it risk free. If nothing else, it was donation to Housing Works. After alterations, it was several hundred more but still a great investment.

In addition, you might want to consider holding your wedding at the Housing Works bookstore in SoHo. It’s one of my favorite places to meet folks and with at $500 an hour, it would have been way cheaper than the tent we rented for my friend’s “free” backyard. Just a couple of options to keep in mind. Let me know if you find something great at the sale!


“Gays who wed today are pioneering traditions that will long inform those who follow in our footsteps.” That’s according to dapperQ, a.,k.a. Susan Herr, a Brooklyn-based writer and entrepreneur who produces dapperQ.com – for those “transgressing men’s fashion.” In this exclusive with GayWeddings.com, dapperQ is gleefully expanding her portrayal of transgressive fashion to include gay wedding wear.