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A Bridal Store That Does More name

A Bridal Store That Does More

Get dressed for less for your big day, whilst helping those in the community with a life-limiting illness. The Wedding Loft, located upstairs at the Manukau Hospice Shop, is more than a bridal store – it’s a bridal store with a heart, doing good for Hospice.

Featuring a wonderful range of wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses, grooms attire, flower girl and page boy outfits. Also a range of beautiful ball gowns and accessories including shoes, gloves and veils, you can have the wedding of your dreams, or be the belle of the ball, without breaking the bank.

Totara Hospice Head of Retail, Laura Marshall said the idea for the Wedding Loft came after Chief Executive, Tina McCafferty challenged the team to utilise the space above the Manukau Hospice Shop in an innovative way that would also involve a social aspect – providing something for everyone in the local area.

“There was a number of beautiful dresses spread across our Hospice Shops and in the

Distribution Centre, but it was difficult to find the space to display them. We also wanted to give everyone the chance to have the same experience whether they were buying a $100 dress from Hospice, or a $3,000 dress in a bridal shop, so a lot of time was spent making the space beautiful and giving it a boutique feel.

Now we are able to display the dresses all in one place and can give people the experience of finding their perfect dress, with the added bonus of knowing they’re raising money for charity,” Laura said.

The Wedding Loft launched in May with a fabulous fashion show held at South Auckland Motors, featuring Totara Hospice Youth Ambassadors, volunteers and staff as models. Since then donations have increased and better quality dresses are coming through with people wanting to help.

The Wedding Loft is open six days a week at Cnr Cavendish & Lambie Drive, with appointments available on Mondays to have one of our assistants help with your dress fitting. Or if you have a wedding or ball dress that you would like to donate to help Hospice and make someone else’s big day special, please contact us on 09 298 3108.

There are plenty of other great bargains to be found downstairs at our Manukau Hospice Shop, and at our other five Hospice Shops in Manurewa, The Gardens, Takanini, Pakuranga and Howick. You can find a fantastic range of affordable, quality pre-loved clothing and accessories, homewares, furniture, books, antiques and more.


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Cnr Cavendish & Lambie Drive, Manukau - 09 263 5080