Now that the wedding is over, and you are back from your honeymoon, one of the decisions you need to make is what to do with your wedding dress. Here are 5 options for your wedding day attire:
Preserve your wedding dress
Traditionally, women have chosen to preserve and save their wedding dress. Whether you plan on having a daughter wear it in the future, or just want to keep it around for the memories, having your dress professionally preserved is important. You will want to have this done as soon as possible so that any stains you may have on the dress do not set in. Do some research, and you should be able to find a wedding gown preservationist locally. Notice I said a preservationist, and not a dry cleaner. Although your dry cleaner may offer wedding gown cleaning and preservation, it is not their main focus. For best results, look for a local gown preservationist.
Alter your wedding dress
Why only use the dress once? You can have it died, and cut shorter so that you can wear it again. Here are a couple of examples:
Sell your wedding dress
One option you may not have considered is selling your dress. You’ve only worn it once, so why shouldn’t it get more use? Some companies, like PreownedWeddingDresses.com, exist for this exact reason! So, why not sell your wedding dress and share its joy (and make back 50% of what you paid!)?
Donate your wedding dress
Many women are unable to afford the dress they really want for their wedding. They may need to buy one second-hand. Why not help another bride and donate your dress? You can take it to the nearest donation center. Or, you could donate it to be sold for fundraising. Brides Against Breast Cancer is one place you could donate your dress. Your donation enables Brides Against Breast Cancer to provide wellness and educational services to those affected by breast cancer. What an awesome idea!
Fearless bridal or trash the dress
Another, more controversial, idea is the trash the dress or fearless bridal photo shoot. This is when a bride will wear her dress again for a photo shoot… not just any photo shoot… one where she either ruins her dress (trash the dress), or may get it dirty (fearless bridal). One example is shown below. Read more about it and see more ideas in this post.
Personally, I chose to donate my dress to Goodwill; however, if I had it to do again (which I hope I don’t, lol) I would love to try a fearless bridal photo before donating it.
What did (or will you do) with your wedding dress?