Hello beautiful! So after months of planning, the day has finally come and gone. You wore a beautiful gown and turned a few heads, and now you’re stuck with a dress that you’ll likely never wear again. Sounds crazy right?! But that doesn’t mean you have to be completely done with your wedding dress ladies. They’re many different things and unique ways your dress can live on!
Keep it/Preserve it: This is for the bride who’s probably a little sentimental and the thought of getting rid of her dress is just not an option. Or maybe you want your future daughter to someday where your dress? Keeping your gown is a great option and makes for a great keepsake. Wedding Gown Preservation Co. specializes in gown preservation and has been in business for over 100 years.
Sell It: If you have no emotional attachment towards your dress but want to make a few bucks this is a great option for you. Selling your wedding dress can aid in helping you recoup some of the cost of it and also offer a discounted dress to another bride. Be sure you have your dress properly cleaned and any damages fixed such as missing buttons, lose seams etc. Next Brides is an online tool that allows brides to buy, sell and even rent their wedding gowns. Also, look into consignment shops and even some bridal shops are willing to take a previously worn dress.
Donate Your Dress: Perfect for the bride who’s not attached to her dress but maybe just wants to make a difference in another brides life. It’s a really great way to pay it forward! Brides Against Breast Cancer is a very popular cause that travels to different cities and provides dresses at discounted costs. The proceeds goes towards resources and education for those impacted by cancer. Not only that, they also accept donations of dresses from brides like yourself.
Trash the Dress: Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock over the last few years, we all know what trashing the dress is! According to Wikipedia, “The woman often wears a ball gown, prom dress or wedding dress, and may effectively ruin the dress in the process by getting it wet, dirty, or, in extreme circumstances, tearing or destroying the garment.” This is mostly done right after the wedding..but to add a little spin to it how about doing a 1 year Anniversary shoot where you trash the dress? Just something to think about ladies.
Use the dress to create something else: This almost goes along with keeping it but instead of keeping the whole dress in tact maybe you take pieces of it to make other things. Think about it..30 years from now your dress will likely not be in style and your daughter might not want to wear it. However, portions of your dress can be used for your daughter’s christening. Or maybe she can use it as an accessory. Check out this post on Suite14A where Symone uses a portion of her mom’s dress and makes it into clutch purse. How fab is that??
Let’s talk about it…What do you plan on doing with your wedding dresses? Anything to add to the list?