Bridal store to give away gowns to veterans

Published Oct 21, 2013 at 10:00 am (Updated Oct 21, 2013 at 10:00 am)

This Veterans Day, as a thank you to servicemen and women, Koda Bridal of Mt. Lebanon is giving away 40 new wedding gowns.

The dresses will be given to any enlisted female or lady engaged to any service member, who has been deployed in the last five years.

“We just want to be able to give back,” said Mary Beth Ryfun. She owns the bridal shop, which has been open for three years and specializes in plus-sizes.

“It’s something we can do to help our service members,” she added.

Ryfun said those serving in the military often don’t have the time or the funds to pick out a designer gown. “If we can do something to make it a little easier, we’ll try,” she said.

Koda Bridal has about 40 dresses from which to choose. Sizes range from 16 to 30.

“They are all designer dresses,” Ryfun said, adding the gowns are Koda’s samples or items the store cannot reorder. Some of the brands available are Aalia Couture, David Tutera for Mon Cheri, Forever Yours and Mary’s Bridal.

Brides-to-be will be able to come to the shop on Veterans Day and take it home with them that day.

The special promotion will be held at 9 a.m. Nov. 11 at the shop at 246 Washington Road in Mt. Lebanon. The day will also include vendors from area salons, photographers and music.

Those who plan to attend must be registered. To sign up, visit

Registrants must be engaged or have had a civil ceremony and be planning a formal wedding in the next two years. Proof of military service is required as well as a copy of deployment papers.

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