Our Story

 

Along with a little background on our company, FABuous Affordable Bridal,  we'd like to share with you why shopping for your wedding gown during one of our pop-up “Fabulous Bridal Affair” events will make your wedding day certainly much more within your means! Especially if you are on a budget, and who isn’t these days?

 

First of all, we’re a family business! There are ten of us behind the scenes here with over two hundred years combined experience in the wedding industry! We know brides and we know wedding gowns!  Over 50,000 wedding gowns to be exact!  We have been creating beautiful events just like this, and selling wedding dresses and formal attire since 1985.

And just what else do we know about weddings? Well, how about for starters;

FRAN HANSEN
ONE OF OPRAH’S ANGELS


In 2000, Fran Hansen, our Show Director, was surprised as one of Oprah’s Angels as the co-founder of a national breast cancer organization. Since that time, she has had the honour of speaking on behalf of breast cancer patients, and their families, appearing live on over 400 broadcasts, both network and local television.

Today, Fran encourages brides across the nation to use the Breast Cancer Research stamp on all their wedding communications, while helping them plan the wedding of their dreams on a shoe string budget!  Did you know, If only 10% of today's brides would use the Breast Cancer Research stamp on their Save the Date cards, Wedding Invitations and Thank You cards, an additional 6.7 million dollars a year could be raised this year to help find a cure! 
 

2005 - MODERN BRIDE MAGAZINE
TRENDSETTER OF THE YEAR


In 2005, Fran, and her daughter Anna Orr, were named two of the 25 Trendsetters of the Year in Modern Bride Magazine during a reception in New York City at the Ritz, and in 2006, named as “Women Who Make A Difference” in Family Circle Magazine.

 

        YES! SHE REALLY DID PLAN A MILLION DOLLAR WEDDING
 

In 1985, the Robb Report Magazine asked Fran to share her expertise for planning an “over the top” wedding, resulting in the plan for an Antebellum / Mississippi Queen wedding costing over $977,000! That’s right –A plan for a MILLION DOLLAR wedding! And that was 30 years ago! Imagine what that wedding would cost in today’s dollars!

 

We know the bulging prices of everything wedding related today can be daunting for the bride who has dreams of her fairytale wedding, only to find that prices are literally out of sight, and out of reach!  We believe Fabulous Affordable Bridal, and our nationwide pop-up bridal shop - “FABulous Bridal Affair” is the answer to part of your dilemma. 

         
  YOU DESERVE A FABulous WEDDING and WE CAN HELP!
 

You likely found us online because you were searching for wedding gowns in Portland! And that is great news, because you won’t find anywhere, online or in your local Portland bridal salon, a more perfect place to find the dress of your dreams, at a price that won’t break the bank!  Not nearby? Check back soon for our growing online bridal shop.