Post # 1
We’ve just had our wedding and I’m a bit conflicted RE what to do with my dress. Wedding dresses really don’t hold their value well!
I am 7 months pregnant, shortish and wore flats so a non-pregnant bride within a healthy weight range is not going to buy my dress.
I have put it up for sale for approx half of what I paid for it but if it doesn’t go for that much I don’t know that I want to sell it.
Also although I am pregnant with a little girl I really doubt she will want or fit into my dress when she gets married so holding onto it in case seems silly. I’ve never known anyone to wear their mother’s dress.
We live in a small home so I’m usually against keeping anything sentimental if it’s not on display and I don’t know how to display something as big as a wedding dress safely without it overtaking a whole room.
On the other-hand it is a beautiful dress and made me feel pretty at a stage when not much does!
Our wedding went so quickly I feel like I haven’t had the chance to really enjoy it thoroughly either!
So what did you or do you plan to do with yours – keep it, sell it, trash it – is there another option?
Post # 3
I’m keeping mine, and will be altering it into a cocktail dress at some point
Post # 4
I think I am going to keep mine.. while I won’t really have room for it nor will I ever get to wear it again I still want it.. Maybe one day my child would want to wear it or take pieces from it. While for me the money I would get selling mine would be nice, I don’t know if I could part with it. I’d say keep it if you cant get what you want for it.
Post # 5
Wedding isn’t for a while, and I don’t even have a dress yet lol, but what I’m thinking of doing is a “Trash the Dress” shoot (not with paint or anything, maybe at a beach, or riding an elephant in Thailand -DREAM HONEYMOON) then cleaning it, and donating it. There are plenty of brides out there that would love to have a dress but they can’t afford it.
Post # 6
I preserved it for my future daughter or another female family member. I’m hoping she will at least be able to use the sash or some fabric if she doesn’t want to simply wear it. I just couldn’t bear parting with it.
Post # 7
Saving it to do this someday!
Post # 8
I haven’t thought about it. It only cost just under $300 so it isn’t really going to matter either way. I’ll probably donate it to a charity store, or cut up some of the material just for keeps (I’m never going to consistantly be a size where I’ll fit that dress).
Post # 9
I am planning on having my gown preserved. I’m not big on hanging onto things that will just sit, but I can remember being a little girl in awe of my mother’s gown (which I am not wearing) growing up. I am going to use a piece of my mom’s gown as my something old- she is going to make me a hankerchief or something- so maybe someday I’ll do the same for someone else 🙂
Post # 10
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
You could have it made into a christening dress or something like that
Post # 11
I’m planning to get it restored and donate it. I’ve seen other posts about an organization that provides donated dresses to military brides, so I plan on looking into that some more.
Post # 12
I’ll probably keep it! Who knows though, maybe I’ll sell? I can’t imagine trashing it though.
Post # 14
@jenilynevette: i really want to do this too. have you found a place that does it?
Post # 15
I dunno, mine’s just sitting in my closet taking up half the storage space… it just wasn’t realy worth it to sell it, but if I ever knew a bride who needed a dress, I’d probably just give it to her.
Post # 16
@MASPA: Nope, but I plan to just go to a custom framing shop. Probably pretty expensive.