Post # 1
Now that the wedding is over, I have been trying to figure out what to do with my dress. I LOVE my dress to pieces, so I have thought of preserving it and keeping it as a memento, but I don’t know that I want to store it untouched in my closet for the rest of my life. What I really want to do is wear it again, though I don’t think I could stand to trash it completely or get it really dirty in a crazy photo shoot. I wish it were the kind of dress that would be easily converted into a great cocktail dress, but unfortunately, it’s not. I’ve thought of having a seamstress craft some sort of overlay for it so that it wouldn’t be white and I could potentially wear it again (and it wouldn’t involve dyeing), but I think the beading on it nixes that idea. Plus, aside from formal weddings, where am I going to wear a big, formal gown again? Then there’s selling it, donating it, or making it into something else (baptismal gown for future children, etc.).
One idea that I saw somewhere on these boards is that of keeping it until my daughter (future, hopefully) is old enough to play dress-up and have it altered for that purpose. The poster (whose name I cannot remember for the life of me) had memories of running around the house in her mother’s wedding dress as a girl, and I thought that was really sweet. At least then she’d get the chance to wear it and enjoy it, without waiting to see if she’ll want to wear it to her own wedding in 30+ years when it’s most likely going to be out of style, or whether she’ll actually fit into it. But I’m still not sure.
So what did you do with your dress after the wedding? Did you keep it? Did you have it made into something else? Is it still hanging in your closet because you haven’t decided what to do, either? Let’s hear it!
Post # 3
I had my dress cleaned and boxed. It was my parents’ contribution to our wedding, and is very special to me, so I hate the thought of selling it. I plan to keep it stored, and if my daughter wants to use it fine, if not that’s okay too. Maybe it will be taken out for dress-up sessions, we’ll see. 🙂
Post # 4
Well, my dress is definitely rewearable (knee-length), so I cleaned it, kept it, and it’s hanging in my closet with all my other formal-ish dresses 🙂
BUT, had I purchased a gown-gown, depending on how much I bought it for, I would resell it if I could get at least $500 for it. If not, I would keep it for sentimental reasons.
Post # 5
mine’s short, and i’ll be able to wear it again. i’m hoping to be able to fit into it for anniversaries!
Post # 6
My mom cleaned and boxed mine. It’s being stored at her house since I have no room for it. I don’t know what I will do with it, either make christening gowns out of it, or sell it. Probably make christening gowns out of it.
Post # 7
I’m stuck. I haven’t figured out wether or not to clean and keep it as is, sell it, or repurpose it. It’s still in myparents guest room closet.
Post # 8
It’s hanging in the guest closet. I’ve thought about cleaning it and selling it, but my husband would like for me to keep it and so would my parents who paid for it.
Post # 9
artbee that is a beautiful dress and I love the veil 🙂
My dress is pretty simple, satin, and I have no idea what I’m going to do with it after the wedding in September. Well, I have an idea, I would like to go up into the mountains here in Colorado when the leaves change, which is after our wedding, and do a “trash the dress” and also have my husband participate too. I don’t want to roll around in mud or anything, but I want to get some great photos with the leaves colors and also maybe get a bit dirty and not worry like I would on the day of the wedding. After that, um, I have no idea!
Post # 10
Mine is still hanging in the guest bedroom. My mom plans on getting it cleaned and preserved, just keep putting it off!
Post # 11
I think I’m going to sell it. Ack, it feels wrong but I know I’m not going to wear it again. I thought about making it into a cocktail dress or baptismal clothes or…. but seems like I wouldn’t actually end up doing it.
Post # 12
I think my dress is at my parent’s house. It still needs to be cleaned but I am not sure what I am going to do with it. Hoping I can donate it to someone.
Post # 13
I need to figure this out soon. My mom’s been asking when am I going to get it out of her spare room.
Post # 14
Mine is hanging in the closet of the guest bedroom. I’m also trying to figure out what to do with, particularly where to take it for a good cleaning and how to store it so that it doesn’t get damaged…
Post # 15
It’s in a box for now; I’ve had it cleaned and preserved, but I’m not sure what I will do with it down the road… so not ready to let it go!
Post # 16
I boxed mine up and stored it away. I love the thought of renewing our vows down the road and I think it would be fun to wear the dress I originally took my vows in. Maybe even an anniversary ceremony. I’m sentimental that way. I sure hope I can squeeze into it.