Post # 1
Hey bees.. what are you doing with your wedding dress and your bridal bouquet after the wedding? And if you don’t mind saying, how much is it costing you?
I don’t know if I want to preserve either one, mainly cause I haven’t done a lot of investigation on the subject. I thought I might see what everyone here is doing!
Thanks in advance!!!
Post # 3
My dress is fairly simple so I will modify it to wear again for a fun event. I’ve looked at having my flowers preserved and it just isn’t my style to have them hanging in my house as a memory. I’m going to give them to a good friend of mine and then the flower center pieces are going to go to the local hospital and hospice care.
Post # 4
My family always keeps our wedding dresses, and the fabric is used later to make baptismal outfits and first communion gowns (if we have girls or course!!), so I will be getting mine dry cleaned right after the wedding and then just storing it in hopes that we are blessed with kids one day that I can use it for 🙂 I’m probably just going to let my mom take my flowers home and enjoy their beauty until they die. I also cannot imagine having flowers hanging around my house preserved… not my style!
Post # 5
I’m a 2 dress bride..1 is short and sassy like me so i will keep it and wear again.. The other is being custom made and im concidering selling it. Why not help a bride out with a well priced custom made gown!
As my Flowers & decor I picked a christmas theme so we can use our stuff over & over again!
Post # 6
I will probably have my bouquet freeze dried and placed in a shadow box. Not sure what I’ll do with my dress. I know my sister wants to use one of my veils.
Post # 7
I’m not really a “display the bouquet on the mantle” kind of person either.. but I didn’t know if there are ways to have it taken apart and turned into something else?
amaroo24: I love the idea of sending the centerpiece flowers somewhere – that’s a great idea!!!
cecullaton: that’s a great tradition for a family to have! Unforch, I would probably be one of those people that would have a mild heart attack if someone cut the dress… even if I never plan to wear it again! Is that weird?
mishelleez: So glad you have another use for your decor. I am borrowing half of my vases, so I’ll have a decent number of vases to sell/ regift! But nothing I can really use to decorate again!
iswimibikeirun: Now that you mention it, I think that my veil might be the only thing that gets used again! I’ll have to make sure I keep that wrinkle free 🙂
Post # 8
@amaroo- I love the idea of donating the flowers to a local hospital, do you think we can write that off as a tax deduction?
I have 2 daughters so hopefully one day they would love to wear my dress!
I want to preserve my bouqet but dont know if we want to spend the $200 for it and we are going on our honeymoon the day after the wedding and I know if you want to preserve it you gotta do it right away
Post # 9
tammyt112.. yeah, you have to get to it right away, and we are leaving the monday after, so someone in my family would have to take care of it for me.. I was just wondering what cool things people have seen to do with bouquets, and how people are dealing with the dress…
I’m trying to be prepared and informed all at once 🙂 Thanks bees.
Post # 10
@tammyt112 – you may be able to get away with it being a tax write off. Check with the agency and your local tax person. A good friend of mine is serving as my ‘go to person’/ DOC for the day and she has agreed to get them to the proper locations. I’m still working on the logistics of what goes where.
This was an idea that I think someone else has used here. It also has a person note because my date was in the hospital for a triple bypass last year. While he had family coming in and out to visit, there were many people in the cardiac unit who did not seem to have visitors or family the week he was there. i just think it is a really nice way to brighten someone’s day!
Post # 11
cecullaton, you gave me the first reason I have ever heard to want to keep the dress