It's all over! Now what do I do with my dress?

posted 4 years ago in Dress
  • poll: What did you do with your dress?
    Sold it! : (12 votes)
    25 %
    Kept it! : (29 votes)
    60 %
    Wrecked it! : (2 votes)
    4 %
    Other : (5 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 3
    1326 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    There’s a program in my community that takes wedding dresses as donation So I am going to donate it after the wedding. I have no use for it and if another bride can benefit from it and feel beautiful then it’s worth it. 

    Post # 4
    547 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I haven’t gotten married yet, but I’d love to copy Adrienne Maloof and have mine framed. LOL I have no idea how to do it or how expensive it would be, but it’s my dream!

    Post # 5
    2872 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Add an option for donated! That’s my plan 🙂

    Post # 6
    825 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @Sassy9226:  donate it! Every bride no matter the budget, deserves to look beautiful on her wedding day 🙂

    Post # 7
    255 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    maybe have it cleaned and hang onto it for a year. Next spring maybe you can look at it one more time and by then be able to make a clear headed decision and be able to sell it to another summer/fall bride

    Post # 8
    1781 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I keeping mine! My sister and I have many childhood memories playing “dress up” with my mom’s wedding gown and veil- I want my future daughter to gave the same memories!

    Post # 9
    345 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    It depends on the style of the dress! I can rewear mine to black tie events as it is, but I’ve thought about having it dyed black so it is even more versatile.  

    @PrincessBride27 Framing it is also a good idea. : ) 

    Post # 10
    2379 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I’m planning on donating mine.  Every woman deserves to have a pretty dress on her wedding day.

    Post # 11
    6746 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I don’t know anyone who has kept their wedding dress and then gone back and done anything with it – I don’t really see the point.  Personally, I want to do a TTD shoot and if it’s still in good condition, sell it for like 20% of the cost or something really insanely cheap.  I don’t have a dress yet though, so we’ll see.  I would either sell it or donate it if I were you. 

    Post # 12
    1592 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I agree with donating it. 

    Post # 13
    710 posts
    Busy bee

    I haven’t even started dress shopping yet, and I think what I do with it will largely depend on how much I spend.

    If I fall in love with something affordable, I’d love to turn it over to a seamstress to cut up, redesign, and dye it to become a cocktail dress or little black dress. Having a custom dress that I can wear on the fancy dates with my new husband in our first years of marriage would be splendid!

    If I spend more on it, I don’t think I could stomach someone taking scissors to it. I’d probably sell it instead, and this would ease the apprehension over spending so much on something I wore once.

    Post # 14
    1018 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I still have awhile to decide… I have thought about framing it like a PP showed above, or maybe…. wearing it again (at home) for a fabulously romantic first anniversary dinner:

    I also like the idea of doing a “trash the dress” shoot with my SO, but just in the ocean (so I could get it cleaned and possibly still be able to keep it on display)… 

    Post # 15
    9956 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    First Wedding, I kept my dress, idea that I would use some portion of it for my Daughers’ Wedding…

    (fabric, hat, veil, lace… whatever)

    But during my Divorce I lost track of it… My Ex actually kept it from me as a sort of “holding it hostage” situation

    8-} *rolls eyes*

    (Don’t ask… honestly it was very strange…  he was majorly screwed up)

    I miss the dress “a bit”… cause it meant a lot to me for so long.  But I am pretty much past it now.

    This time round…

    I chose a very casual Wedding Dress for our Beach Elopement

    It wasn’t my first choice (I wanted something more formal)

    But the dress was inexpensive and worked out well for the location

    Fussy probably would have made me happier, but wouldn’t have been nearly as practical.

    The dress has been cleaned, and currently hangs in my MBedroom Closet… haven’t decided what to do with it next.

    Contemplating reselling it (or donating it) … so someone else can enjoy it



    Post # 16
    213 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2006

    We want to renew our vows for our 10 year anniversary. I am hoping to cut my dress to above the knee and wear it again for the renewal!


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