After the wedding is over - What to do with the wedding gown?

Posted by Patti Wellington on Thu, Mar 25,2010 @ 04:50 PM

The process of choosing what to do with your dress after the wedding is almost as daunting a task as shopping for it in the first place. I understand why so many brides vacuum seal their dresses and hide them away in a dark corner of their closet never to see the light of day again – I don’t like it but I understand it.

Many brides sell their wedding dresses on line and from what I gather they have experienced some sentimental pangs as they pack it up and ship it off to the next lucky lady. Brides will shop for months and search high and low for the perfect gown - only to turn around after the wedding and sell it to make a profit.  

Here are some really neat ideas for your gently used wedding gown.

Keep the dress, but change it up a bit.  You could always alter the dress and dye it a different color, that way you can wear it again to someone else’s special occasion.



wedding dress dyed



Another great idea is to donate the dress. There are lots of charities that will provide dresses to brides who cannot afford one. Here is one I recommend:

The Brides Project

A lot of brides will get real creative. They will take the fabric from the dress and make a family tablecloth; some will take part of the dress (usually the train) and make a christening gown for their first born baby. Some choose to make drapes, scrapbook covers and even a duvet cover for the happy couples new bed. The ideas are endless.



converted wedding dress


Some brides will team up with their photographer and have a photo shoot called “trash the dress”. That’s if you don’t mind getting the dress dirty and realize it will never come clean again .  You can get some amazing photos done that way and at least you can say you wore your gown twice.



trash the dress


The most obvious choice is to sell the dress. Brides are always happy to do this despite the few moments of separation anxiety.  You can list your dress on Ebay, Craigslist and even Kijiji.

No matter what you decide to do with the dress it’s a decision you will have to live with it, so make sure you sleep on your ideas before you make a final choice.  Plus discuss it with your husband, he may have a really neat idea.

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