- 3 years ago
- Wedding: September 2015
r/weddingplanning had a post yesterday that I thought I’d share for those of you trying to figure out what to do with your dress after the wedding. NICU Helping Hands, an organization dedicated to helping provide support for parents and families with little ones in the neonatal intensive care unit, has an Angel Gown Program. With this program, volunteer seamstresses create beautiful gowns for in infants who aren’t able to make it home from the hospital using wedding dresses donated from brides. All gowns are accepted, regardless of their state (You can cut off pieces to save later and send the rest, even). They also accept pale colored bridesmaid dresses, ball or evening gowns as well. It’s a simple gift, but one that can mean so much to a grieving family. They’re based out of the Fort Worth, TX, but send the angel gowns to hospitals nationwide and accept gowns from across the US as well. The link has information on how to donate your dress both in person or by shipping it. There’s also information if you’d like to become a volunteer seamstress.
I thought it was a beautifully sweet idea and am heavily considering this option after my wedding. I knew I wanted to donate it, but prior to this, I was thinking of donating to another bride in need. I’m still deciding what I’d prefer. Also, I asked if they also accepted tulle or dresses made with a similar fabric (basically not silk/satin/lace) and was told that they are accepted, just to attach a note on the dress suggesting it go to a more experienced seamstress.