How you can help 50 Haitian couples get married this February

The Floriana Wedding Project, founded by Burlington's Nicola Topsom, is raising money to create dream weddings for the working poor


On February 6, Floriana Wedding Project will host 50 wedding ceremonies for underprivileged couples.

“It costs $400 USD for a bride and groom to have a wedding in Haiti. A school teacher is paid $100 USD per month, while a cleaning lady would have to save money for the entire year to pay for her wedding,” Nicola Topsom, a Burlington resident who founded the Floriana Wedding Project in 2015, says. “The possibility of having a beautiful dress, dinner with family and friends, a cake, photographer and all that’s needed to make a perfect wedding is almost impossible for the working poor of Haiti.”

Fifty wedding dresses, suits and rings have already been donated, so the non-profit is now raising money to cover other wedding costs, such as flowers, decorations and marriage licenses. Two Canadian photographers have volunteered to capture the day’s events. A GoFundMe page has been set up with the goal to raise a minimum of $6,000.

In addition to fundraising for the wedding day, Tompsom is planning to set up two more wedding stores in Port-au-Prince.

The Floriana Wedding Project opened a “pay-what-you-can” wedding shop last year with wedding dresses donated from around the world. The shop employs local women to mend and alter the dresses. The opening of two more shops would help 20 more women to earn a living.

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