What To Do With Your Dress After The Wedding.
So you spent god knows how much on your wedding gown. You love it, it’s probably sentimental to you, but now it’s just hanging in the back of your closet depressed and lonely in a garment bag (like mine).
Just recently I’ve been feeling like a total schmuck for not doing anything with my (amazingly perfect and not inexpensive) Monique Lhuillier wedding gown. It’s just hanging there, lifeless. So sad. So, I’ve been desperately trying to figure out what exactly I’m going to do with it, and I’ve come up with ten fun options.
If you’re like me, then you too don’t know what to do with your glorious gown after the big day. Ponder the following:
Preserve it. Pretty typical, and definitely one of the more popular options. So what does “preserving” your gown mean? Basically it means a nice deep clean and then packaging it away in a fashion that will keep it from aging or yellowing. But yes, it’ll just end up in the back of your closet again, so this one’s for the ladies out there saving their dress for their daughter’s weddings (or for wearing around their house and embarrassing their daughters in 20/30 years – looking at you Leslie).
Frame It. Getting your dress framed is a creative way to save your dress and commemorate your wedding day. They look stunning if done well, so if you don’t think you can get your gown into a frame on your own, look into having it framed professionally. I personally love when ladies have their wedding gowns framed and on display in their big, fancy walk in closets, or dressing rooms.
Teddy Bear. This one is sweet, but first you’ll have to come to terms with having your precious gown cut up. Send your gown in and have it sent back as a soft cuddly (sparkly?) teddy bear. It’s a cute keepsake that can actually be displayed in your home, or even given to your children as pretty addition to their nursery.
Shorten It. Depending on the fit and style of your dress, shorten it in to a dress that you could wear again. It would be an amazing thing to whip out for an anniversary dinner or party, and your hubby/wife will be sure to love every time you put it on (and still fit into it…) Plus you could use the discarded fabric to do some of the other ideas on this list – double win!
Make A Quilt. Again, make peace with cutting your dress up before committing to this one. The good news is you’ll have a nice cozy blanket to snuggle up in, or lay out to accent your home décor. If you don’t have a trusted mom, aunt or grandma that is a tried and true seamstress/quilter, make sure you go to a professional for this. Don’t gamble with your gown, do everything you can to make sure you’ll love the end result.
Lingerie. I LOVE this one. It’s a newer trend, but such a great idea. I’ve seen this one floating around pinterest, but you’ll probably have to work with your own trusted tailor/designer. I’m currently researching the upstate NY area to see if someone could meet with me to discuss doing mine.
Jewelry. Taking some of the excess fabric from your dress and turning them into a piece of jewelry is a nice way to wear around a little piece of your wedding day. You can see an example here, but get creative. Make a pendant for a bracelet or necklace, or even something for your hubby, like a key chain or pocket watch.
Communion or Baptism Dresses. Since most (but not all!) wedding gowns are white or off white, the fabric would be perfect for a baptism or communion gown. Again, find your most trusted seamstress and come up with a pattern for whichever dress is most appropriate for your family. It’s another sentimental way to tie your wedding into other family milestones.
Trash the Dress Shoot. If you can fulfill your sentimental side with photos, then schedule a trash the shoot dress. In case you’re unfamiliar, it’s basically a funfilled photo sesh where you wear your wedding gown one last time, knowing you’ll never wear your dress again. Most sessions take place by water, like the beach or a lake. Have fun rolling around in the grass, mud or whatever you fancy. It actually makes for some really cute photos, and it looks like a ton of fun.
Donate It. This one is probably the nicest, so if you’re looking to do your part with a random act of kindness, donate your dress. You can go through an organized company like Wish Upon A Wedding or Brides Across America, or find somewhere local to donate it to. It really could make someone else’s wedding dreams come true, and you’ll get that nice warm fuzzy feeling of doing something so sweet and selfless.
If none of these work for you, reach out to me and we can chat. Keeping your dress hanging in the back of your closet is no fun, so I know we can find something to do with it that’ll make you smile.
Love, Mrs. Newman