What To Do With Your Wedding Gown After The Big Day?
January 30, 2013 by
Holly Ward in
News, Wedding Advice
Alright, so you just got married and now you have this big wedding dress taking up space in your closet. Or maybe, you’ve been married for years and are just hanging onto that dress because you have no idea what to do with it. Take a look and see what possibilities are available for your beloved wedding gown.
- Trash it! Trash the dress sessions are perfect for those who want some amazing, creative photographs and aren’t too attached to keeping their dress (or don’t want to pay a professional cleaning fee for their sweaty sand-filled dress after getting married on the beach in July). Had a destination wedding? Even better! You can use your wedding photographer to get gorgeous photos of your trash the dress session a few days after your wedding. Need some inspiration? Stay tuned for an upcoming blog post!
- Donate it: There are several places you can donate your wedding gown to those in need or to support a cause. Brides Against Breast Cancer is a popular choice and has sold over 50,000 gowns which have risen over $4 million for the cause. The Bridal Garden in NY City sells donated dresses and then gives the profits to city schools. Brides For A Cause raises funds for Wish Upon A Wedding which in turn gives dream weddings to couples who are dealing with life-threatening illnesses. The Glass Slipper Project donates gowns to those who can’t afford to buy their own. They will also take your old prom and bridesmaid dresses!
- Pass it down: Of course, there is always the traditional option of having your dress professionally cleaned and packaged (to prevent discoloration!) to hand it down to your own daughter, granddaughter, or niece. Even if they don’t want to wear the dress, they may want to take a piece of your gown or veil to incorporate into their own wedding or dress as “something borrowed.”
- Turn it into something new: You can always dye your dress and make it shorter to create a fancy cocktail gown, or leave it long for a black tie affair! Some have made their children’s christening gowns from their wedding dress, while others get crafty and create a beautiful Christmas tree skirt. The options are endless from Halloween costumes, scarves and clutches, decorative pillows and quilts, to decorating wedding photos and frames, and even making jewelry! Or, turn your corset top into a sexy lingerie piece for your anniversary.
- Make some cash! You can always sell your gown through a consignment shop, online, or even specialty web sites such as PreOwnedWeddingDresses, SellYourWeddingDress, BrideToBeBoutique, TheRecycledBride, and OnceWed.
- Have a party! If you have a bunch of friends who are still hanging on to their own wedding gowns, why not have party where you can wear your dress again. Whether it’s a brunch, a wine and wedding gown party, or a cocktail event complete with a runway show, why shouldn’t you get to wear your dress again? Some cities are even hosting these “bridal balls.” You could even pull out those fancy cake cutters and champagne flutes that you haven’t used since your wedding day.
- Put it behind glass. For those of you who have huge closets, why not put your dress, veil, shoes, etc. into a shadow-box and put it on display. Imagine getting ready each day and getting to see your beautiful gown in a protective glass case in your walk-in-closet or vanity area.