Today is the first day that I’ve been excited about my collection of bridesmaid dresses since, well, ever. Why, might you ask, are my former tulle, shantung, satin, and chiffon dresses working me into a tizzy? Because I just found out about the First Annual Bridesmaid Bar Crawl—and I finally get to put my dresses to good use!
This ingenious bar crawl starts on Friday, June 17, at Seven Ultralounge in downtown Minneapolis. With each $20 ticket purchase, guests will receive one wristband and one raffle ticket. And trust us, this raffle is worth it: a Badgley Mischka clutch, diamond earrings . . . the next time you’re asked to strut down the aisle, you can do it with some extra style.
A portion of the proceeds will go to Operation Glass Slipper, a nonprofit dedicated to providing free prom gowns and accessories to Twin Cities-area high school girls who would otherwise be unable to attend prom due to cost. And if supporting a good cause isn’t reason enough to come out and play, donning your dress a second time might make the price you paid the first time around a little less painful. (Let’s be honest, who actually shortens it and wears it again?)
"It’s exciting to offer ladies the first and only bar crawl that’s all about friends, fun, and fabulous cocktails,” says Whitney Mares, owner of Bridesmaid Bar Crawl LLC. “But the most rewarding aspect of the event is the opportunity to share dresses and accessories we’ve loved with girls whose lives will be positively impacted by the donation.”
If you’re like me and have more than one satin stunner, the bar crawl is further supporting Operation Glass Slipper through a dress and accessory drive at Seven the night of the event. Your payback—other than that warm and fuzzy feeling because you know you’re doing something good—is an additional raffle ticket. Just think how your ears will look with that added sparkle.
Free cover and drink specials will be available from 7 p.m. to midnight at Seven Ultralounge, Bar 508, Drink, The Local, The Imperial Room, Lyon’s Pub, and Bootleggers. For those ladies who are looking to get pampered before the event, Haven Salon is offering $40 up-dos and Smart & Chic Bride is providing free lashes with any service. Specials are only available to Bridesmaid Bar Crawl guests. The event kicks off at 7 p.m. Don't be late. You don't want to miss your grand entrance. bridesmaidbarcrawl.com