HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwired - Jun 10, 2013) - A bride's dream dress can set her back thousands of dollars, often to be left in a box at the back of the closet after the big day is over. But what if there was a way to not only save money but contribute to a good cause? This is the mission behind Brides Against Breast Cancer's Nationwide Tour of Gowns, which was recently held at the Houston Marriott North.

On Friday, May 31st and Saturday, June 1st, this Houston event venue played host to the two-day event, starting with Friday's VIP Pink Power Reception. For a $20 tax-deductible donation, attendees enjoyed light bites, entertainment and giveaways, plus the chance to get a sneak peek at the gowns and the opportunity to try and buy before the general public.

On Saturday, the sale opened to the public, and for a $5 general admission (free for guests of this Houston airport hotel) brides-to-be sorted through hundreds of new and gently used designer and couture gowns, priced at up to 75% off, with most gowns ranging from $99 to $799. More than half of the dresses at the Nationwide Tour of Gowns are brand new, and with available sizes ranging from 0 to 30, there's a dress for every bride.

In addition to hosting the event, the Houston Marriott North donated Friday night's VIP Pink Power Reception, Saturday's meetings and events, food and beverage for the entire weekend and 10 nights in a Houston hotel room.

The Nationwide Tour of Gowns at the Houston Marriott North was one of more than 70 sales Brides Against Breast Cancer hosts each year. The dress sale has received more than 50,000 donated gowns, the proceeds of which go to "providing support, education and hope to men and women affected by breast cancer."

After finding the perfect dress, some brides might still be searching for the perfect wedding venue. This North Houston hotel offers 15,000 square feet of event space, including the 6,318-square-foot Texas Ballroom, which can host up to 600 guests. Work with a Marriott Certified Wedding Planner, who is well-versed in traditional, ethnic and military weddings and can help with every detail of the day, from table settings and photographers to music and flowers. Professional catering service can help create a custom menu. Couples who'd rather pass up appliances and bedding for a dream honeymoon can use MarriottRegistry.com so guests can put funds toward their getaway.

About the Houston Marriott North
Business and leisure travelers alike can relax in this comfortable Houston hotel's newly revitalized rooms featuring 37-inch LCD TVs, the Revive bedding package and high-speed Internet access. Guests of the Houston Marriott North can enjoy free parking, airport shuttle and the adjacent Greenspoint Mall, all within walking distance of this north Houston hotel. A smart choice for meeting rooms and party venues in Houston, the hotel offers 15,000 square feet of flexible, innovative function space for corporate and social events large and small. Houston Marriott North is operated by Interstate Hotels & Resorts (www.interstatehotels.com), the leading U.S.-based global hotel management company.

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Houston Marriott North
Jason Grisham