“After a bride is whisked away in the limo at the end of the night, you can pretty much bet her dress will find its way into a closet, never again to see the light of day,” says Rachel Hardage, deputy editor for Real Simple magazine. “When you consider how much effort – not to mention money – goes into finding the perfect dress, this is a pretty cruel fate.”
Brides-to-be spend countless hours bent over magazines, searching online, and hunting down what will become “the” dress. But what to do with the dress after the wedding is often never thought about. What do you do with a dress you’re never going to wear again?
Now that the wedding is over, you might not want to part with the perfect dress you wore on your big day. Don’t be a pack rat. Pull out the wedding gown and do something with it. What do I mean by that? Get it cleaned, get it consigned or get it preserved. Brides who consider wedding gown preservation usually want to keep their dress as an heirloom to be passed down to future generations. Many times it just ends up taking space in your closet.
Preserve – sell – hand it down – or donate it seems to be the four most common things to do with wedding dresses after the wedding. Or if you are one of those daring ones. . . go trash the dress because you know no daughter of yours will wear it in the future.
Some very “brave” women have done the following:
• Go bowling in it!
• Wear it to a picnic in the park. Take your camera. Take photos with passersby.
• Go clubbing.
• Sell it to another bride.
• Sell it on consignment.
• Go grocery shopping.
• Turn it into a beautiful heirloom wall or bed quilt.
• Go skeet shooting.
• Save it for a Halloween costume. Corpse Bride, zombie bride, bride of Frankenstein. . . or color it hot pink and go as Barbie!
• Recycle it! Have a seamstress make you a new dress.
• Square dancing.
• Save it as motivation to be the same size for your 10 year anniversary.
• Make it into a baby blanket to pass down.
• Cut off the skirt and use skirt under your Christmas tree.
• Go to the library.
• Go to the movies.
• Plan a “Wedding Theme party” and invite others to wear their wedding dresses.
• Seduce your Significant Other at a bar with your wedding dress on!
• Give it to a local theatre company.
• Start a tradition. Wear your dress to a club on your 1st anniversary.
• Wear it to a “renewal of vows” ceremony on your 5th anniversary.
• Dye it your favorite color and wear it to a party.
• Hire a photographer to take photos while you “trash the dress!” Makes for amazing photos!
• Wear it to The Rocky Horror Picture Show!
• Create a shadow box, using a piece of the dress, a photo, the jewelry, your garter, and any other important things that you want to cherish and pass on to your children.
A charitable organization called Making Memories Breast Cancer Foundation accepts gown, veil, and slip donations. Just pack your items in a box and send them to the address listed at www.makingmemories.org. The foundation asks that you include a $10 check to pay for the expense of preparing your wedding gown for sale. Be sure to include a self-addressed stamped envelope inside your package so that Making Memories can return a tax-deductible receipt for you.
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