(Closed) MARRIED BEES- What did you do with your dress after the wedding?

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
573 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I’ve had mine cleaned and currently its in a clothing bag at my parents house hanging up in a spare wardrobe…. The cleaning cost was around £100

I have no idea what I’m going to do with it yet

Post # 3
6 posts
  • Wedding: July 2016

Is it bad that I threw mine away?! We had an outdoor wedding and it had rained the same day so our backyard turned into a mud pit. It was kind of like an unintentional trash the dress party after the ceremony. By the end of the night it smelled like mud and beer so I cut off some of the beading and tossed the rest in a garbage bag 😀 

I only paid $200 for the dress and it probably would’ve cost me double to get it cleaned. 

Post # 4
1480 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

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mrsblanco827 :  I had my dress dry cleaned and it was around $200 but I paid more because I wanted someone who had a lot of experience with wedding dresses.

I am currently trying to sell my dress. It is harder than I thought lol.

Public Service Announcement for all brides who want to try to sell on Craigslist: You’ll get A LOT of scammers through there.

Post # 5
1935 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Mine’s in storage because we were packing up our flat to move shortly after the honeymoon and I didn’t have time to attend to it then. It needs to have some organza reattached that came off during the wedding festivities and a couple of crystals and beads reattached and then it needs to be dry cleaned. When we get all our stuff shipped over from London in a few weeks I intend to sort all of that out and it will probably just be in a box or garment bag for some time but I want it accessible to put it on when the mood strikes me! Longterm idea is to preserve it as an artwork but we won’t have space for that until some day we live in a big house, not something that suits city apartments!

Post # 6
449 posts
Helper bee

I’m getting mine hemmed so I can wear it again as an anniversary dress.

Post # 7
1386 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I brought my dress in to a seamstress and had it shortened and taken in a little. The bottom half is being made into a decorative blanket/throw to be used in daughter’s nursery. 

Post # 8
918 posts
Busy bee

I gave it to my mom, who shoved it in her carry on bag and flew it home. No idea what happened to it after that. 

Post # 9
225 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Mine is currently hung up in our storage unit, still in the hanger bag. I bought my dress 2nd hand, approx $175 bucks, and had it pressed prior to our wedding for about $40. I haven’t decided if it’s worth trying to clean it and re-sell it yet since we’re still in the “just married” phase and the dress still has a bit of sentimental value. I’ll probably try to sell it to a consignment in a few years 🙂

Post # 10
599 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2016 - Athol Hall, Mosman

I got my dress cleaned and preserved right after our wedding. We had planned to leave for our honeymoon the week after our wedding, so I had a few days in between to relax and calm down from all that stress. For the most part, my dress looked okay, only a little dingy at the train. In totally, it cost me (iirc) around $400AUD to get it done through my bridal salon. I know it sounds like a lot but I had a huge dress with a long train.

Post # 11
1805 posts
Buzzing bee

My dress is being preserved as I type. 

Post # 12
1376 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2015 - Chapel on Base

My dress is in a garment bag in my closet.  I’m not getting it cleaned.  I only paid  $100.00 for it.  I’m sure the cleaning will cost more than I paid for the dress. 

Post # 13
4226 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom

Mine is being unceremoniously stored in a bag in the back of my closet. I have every intention of getting it properly cleaned and put in a proper garment bag…but I still haven’t gotten around to it. I like to think that someday I’ll have a daughter who’d want to wear it.

Post # 14
460 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2006

Mine is stuffed in the back of my closet in the garment bag it came in. We’ve been married over 10 years and I have yet to decide. It needs to be cleaned. It rained on our wedding day and it’s dirty at the bottom, and honestly I don’t know if it’s worth the money to clean it and preserve it at this point. Lol!! I might sell it in a garage sale or I might just donate it. I feel bad donating it dirty but I’m not going to pay $100+ to clean it and give it away haha! I tried selling it on Craigslist for $150 a few years ago and I had no hits. 

Post # 15
11533 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

My dress is 100-percent silk with Swarovski crystals and other beading, and I really wanted to have it preserved by the museum method that I saw advertised online, but, for several reasons, I never actually got around to making that happen. I’ve now been married for seven years, and my gown is still in a garment bag hanging on the back of a door upstairs in our house.

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