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PORTLAND -- It s the high season for planning a wedding and usually the dress is first on the list.

Dozens of Portland brides might find the perfect fit this weekend as the National Brides Against Breast Cancer Tourmakes a stop at the Doubletree Hotel.

We get gowns donated from designers, from boutiques and from brides, explained Ashley Ritter.

The prices range from a basic white gown of $150 to a lavishly decorated ivory gown of $2400.

We price them at 25 to 80 per cent off. We take into account the condition of the gown, the designer and when it was made, remarked Ritter.

About 600 gowns go to 100 cities each year with 80 percent of the money raised going to support programs for breast cancer patients.

No matter what the city, brides seem to go for the sweetheart neckline and the gentle folds along the bodice that slim any figure and show off the curves, said Ritter.

Portland has a impressive record for supporting the sale. Last year 99 brides found their dream gowns.

In most cities we sell an average of 20 gowns but brides here consistently out do those numbers in a big way, concluded Ritter.

Details

Hours: Saturday 1/11 10 am 5pm

Sunday 1/12 noon 4pm

Location:

Doubletree Hotel

1000 NE Multnomah, Portland

Admission

Suggested donation $5

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