Don't shell out big bucks for your daughter's prom dress this year! Head to the 2017 Love the Dress event taking place this Saturday, Feb. 18 from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Church of the City (828 Murfreesboro Road, Franklin). The annual mom, daughters and friends event provides an affordable and fun way for girls to find formal wear for upscale events.

Proceeds Go to Graceworks

Founded in 2010 in order to provide teens and families affordable prom gowns and accessories, Love the Dress first held a dress swap in 2011. The nonprofit now works under Graceworks Ministries with all proceeds going to the nonprofit organization. Graceworks focuses on four areas of need in the community: family support, instructional programs, seasonal needs and hunger prevention. In 2016 alone, Graceworks fulfilled 46,665 needs.         In weeks leading up to Love the Dress, members of the community donate dresses at several area drop-off locations. On the day of the event, women and girls find hundreds of dresses to choose from (including many donated by local department and bridal stores) with only 20 girls allowed into the "boutique" at a time. Girls either swap a formal or prom dress for a new one (for free) or pay $20 for a long gown or $10 for a short. The event is designed for girls in seventh grade and higher.   Preregister for Love the Dress or just show up (but preregistering helps organizers know what to expect)!