Wedding Gown Donation FAQ

Due to the kindness and generosity of caring people across our nation we have reached capacity within the first two weeks of reopening our wedding gown donation cycle in January.

PLEASE NOTE WE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTING WEDDING GOWN DONATIONS AGAIN UNTIL SEPTEMBER 1, 2015. Donation forms and the current mailing address will not be available until September 1, 2015. 

Our staff and hundreds of tireless volunteers will be processing these wedding gowns into beautiful Angel Gown® Garments for families experiencing infant loss all over our nation. NICU Helping Hands’ Angel Gown® Program will reopen its wedding gown donation cycle on September 1, 2015. At that time, details and the donation form will be available here to the first 2000 donors. We do not maintain a waiting list for those wishing to donate their gowns. Donation forms will not be available until September 1, 2015. 

If you filled out the wedding gown donation interest form between 1/19/15 and 2/5/15; you will be contacted during the month of March with shipping information. Please do not ship your gown to our office location. We are unable to accept wedding gowns at our office location. 

Many of you have a desire to help families even though we do not currently need additional wedding gowns. If you would like to assist us in providing for a bereaved family during their time of loss please consider a donation to the NICU Helping Hands Angel Gown® Program. NICU Helping Hands currently provides an Angel Gown ® to any family or hospitals that request them. This is only possible through generous donations from our supporters as we do not ever charge for our garments. Your donation of

  • $80 provides packaging and shipping expenses for 20 beautifully packaged garments and printed bereavement resource materials to be sent directly to a hospital.
  • $50 provides an Angel Gown® garment to a family via emergency, overnight shipping.
  • $25 provides an Angel Gown® garment to a family via two day shipping.
  • $20 covers the cost of NICU Helping Hands shipping donated wedding gowns to volunteer seamstresses.
  • $10 provides the supplies needed to package our Angel Gown® garments in a manner that honors the life of a beautiful child and provides comfort and support to the bereaved family. Each garment is wrapped in tissue paper and placed inside a white presentation box. Our keepsake angel pin and a printed poem is attached to each garment. We also provide a copy of our Bereaved Parent Resource guide and support program information with each garment.

Thank you for your continued support of bereaved families.

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Thank you for your interest in donating your wedding gown to our Angel Gown® Program. Please review our frequently asked question (FAQ) section below.


I’m interested in collecting weddings or holding a wedding gown drive for the Angel Gown® Program. Is this possible?

Due to the overwhelming interest in our program, we are no longer able to endorse individuals or groups collecting gowns or holding wedding gown drives for our organization. All wedding gown donations must go through our online donation process for purposes of inventory control and reasons related to our 501(c)3 status. We are unable to accept gowns collected in this manor and will not be able to provide tax acknowledgment letters for the donors.

Does my wedding gown need to be cleaned before I donate it?

If your wedding gown has any odor we ask that you have your gown cleaned before shipping to us. All gowns must be from smoke-free homes. If your wedding gown is heavily stained, unevenly yellow from age or otherwise damaged it may not be usable.

It is our commitment to hospitals and bereaved families to provide clean, beautiful and high quality Angel Gown® garments. Thank you for your understanding.

Do you accept other formal gowns?

We accept pale pink, pale blue and lavender bridesmaid gowns in addition to wedding gowns. We do not accept any other colors or any other type of formal gowns or formal wear at this time. Thank you for your understanding.

Is the donation of a wedding gown or bridesmaid gown a charitable donation?

NICU Helping Hands is a 501(c)3 non profit organization and donations made to us are tax deductible. We cannot value your donation, but we will send you a tax acknowledgement letter via email once we have received your donated wedding gown or bridesmaid gown.

Can I request Angel Gown® garments made from my wedding gown be sent to a specific hospital?

We provide Angel Gown® garments to any hospital that requests them. At this time we cannot guarantee placement of specific Angel Gown® garments at specific hospitals.

What kind of wedding gowns do you accept?

We accept all wedding gowns that are clean and in good condition. We also accept bridesmaid gowns that are pale pink, pale blue and lavender. These are the only colors for bridesmaid gowns that we accept. Thank you for your understanding.

Does NICU Helping Hands charge bereaved families or hospitals for Angel Gown® garments?

It is an honor for us to provide the gift of our Angel Gown® garments to any bereaved family or hospital requesting them at no cost.

How long will it take for my dress to be turned into an Angel Gown® garment?

It can take several months for a wedding gown to be processed in our warehouse and put into the hands of our volunteer seamstresses to be made into Angel Gown® garments. Once we receive the garments back from our seamstresses we then quality control check them, package them and ship them to families and hospitals across the US. This is a delicate process and one we take very seriously. Please know that we are working tirelessly to ensure that all wedding gowns and bridesmaid gowns are used as quickly as possible.

Are you willing to take pictures of the gowns that are made from my dress?

The process of constructing Angel Gown® garments is a complex one. Often times several wedding gowns are used together to create a one of a kind garment. Because of this NICU Helping Hands cannot guarantee photographs of completed Angel Gown® garments to wedding gown donors.

I would like a keepsake piece of my wedding gown – what do I do?

If you would like a keepsake piece from your wedding gown you should remove whatever portion of your wedding gown that you would like to keep before sending your gown to NICU Helping Hands. Please note that due to the high volume of donated gowns received we are not able to offer this service after we receive your donated gown.

How will I know when you have received my wedding gown?

Due to the high volume of donated gowns we handle on a weekly basis we cannot personally confirm with each donor when a gown is received. If you would like confirmation that we have received your gown please purchase tracking with your shipper so that you receive delivery confirmation from them.

How should I package my gown for shipping?

We recommend and request that you package your gown in the smallest box possible. Please do not ship your wedding gown in a preservation box as it is extremely costly for you to do so. We suggest that you remove your gown from large boxes, remove all crinoline from the underskirt of your gown and then simply fold and place your gown neatly in as small a shipping box as possible.

What happens if I send my wedding gown and it cannot be used?

If you are concerned about whether your wedding gown is usable please email us at and attach a photo of your wedding gown or bridesmaid gown. We will be happy to let you know if we think it is usable.

I donated my wedding dress and shipped it to NICU Helping Hands. I have changed my mind and would like my wedding gown back. What do I do?

NICU Helping Hands is unable to return donated wedding gowns. We know that making the decision to donate your wedding gown is one that can be very difficult. We encourage donors to take time to thoughtfully consider the donation before making it. Preparation of the wedding gown for use begins immediately upon receipt. Removal of underskirts, lining and crinoline are done as soon as the gown is received, donation forms are taken from the shipping box and processed and the gown is prepared for placement with a seamstress. Once placed with a seamstress the gown is cleaned and further deconstructed. We encourage those interested in donating their gowns to thoroughly consider this donation before proceeding.


We are grateful for your interest in our Angel Gown® Program.