Post # 1
Has anyone kept a dress from a broken engagement, or did you eventually get rid of it /donate it? I was engaged in 2011 and called off the engagement shortly after I bought the dress. I’m in a relationship again but we’re not quite at the point where we are talking marriage yet. The dress has been in my extra bedroom for years and I hadn’t really thought about it until recently when I saw a picture of a dress that looks very similar. It’s this dress from Priscilla of Boston but without the bolero.
Would you you keep it? Donate it? Sell it? I do still love it and if SO was ok with it this would probably still be my choice.
Post # 2
Keep it if you think you would wear it in the future, but if you don’t need money right away donating it for a tax write off is usually better than selling it… You picked it because you love it, so keep it if that’s what feels right!
Post # 3
I’d keep it. The dress was for the wedding, not the guy. You’ll find somebody. Wear it then. Change out with a belt jacket or sleeve altering.
Post # 4
I kept mine!!! My ex never saw me in it, and we didn’t get married. I LOVE the dress, and my new man doesn’t have a problem with it.
Post # 5
I wore my wedding dress from an engagement I called off. I bought the dress because I loved it. My ex had no involvement in picking out my dress. It was my dream dress so I wore it when I married my dream man!
Post # 6
I donated mine. I bought it wih my ex in mind, I didnt want it. Even if I buy a similar dress, i just didnt want THAT one.
Post # 7
- Wedding: July 2022 - Maui
If you donʻt need the money, and itʻs THE dress, keep it and revisit it when you are to that point again.
Post # 8
I too, donated mine. I wasn’t the one to call the engagement off, so as far as I was concerned the dress was tainted. It was a beautiful dress, but I bought impulsively at the time and I am now wearing an entirely different style for my wedding in a couple months and I wanted it to be special for my Fiance. But to each his own, and if it’s about how much you spent and not wanting to spend more I totally get that!
Post # 9
My mother kept her dress from a called-off engagement because she loved it and it was not picked out by anyone on her ex-fiance’s side. She wore it when she married my father and they’re going on almost 45 years.
Post # 10
The comments are making me lean towards keeping it. I bought the dress because as soon as I tried it on it absolutely felt like me. The money isn’t really an issue one way or the other as the dress was a sample and it cost me all of $450. I would probably find a way to accessorize it differently than what I was thinking back then though.
Post # 11
- Wedding: July 2017 - The Lodge at Little Seneca Creek
I was engaged before, and I sold my dress shortly after we broke up. There’s no way I would feel comfortable wearing that dress now even though it was a dress that *I* chose; I chose it thinking I would marry my ex in it.
Post # 12
I was going to say sell it but I’ve seen the photo and i love it! I don’t think it’ll date in the next year or two so if you feel you might still love it then hold on to it. It’s really is fab.
Post # 13
Personally, I would sell it. How do you think your SO would feel if he knew? I wouldn’t want to take the chance that it would bother him, even a little. But that’s me. In the end, a dress is just a dress, it’s the feelings of those involved that count.
Post # 14
That simple style of dress lends itself to embellishment with jewellery or to the addtion of a topper. I think you can give it a whole new identity if you feel it reminds you too much of your former flame so I say keep it.
Post # 15
i would sell it, unless you intend on wearing it in the future 🙂