(Closed) Ok Married Girls—What did you do with your dress?!?!?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 32
690 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

My dress is hanging up dirty in a garment bag.  I eloped and will be having a party in October.  My mother insists that i wear the dress to the party.  We’ll see…I really don’t want to pay to clean it only to get it dirty again!

Post # 33
160 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

If I ever had a massive walk-in closet with wall space… I would totally have it framed! Lol, it is ridiculous but I think it’s kinda cool.

Post # 34
55 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Some ideas I’ve been tossing around:

1) Use parts of it to make a christening gown or receiving blanket (if you plan on having kids)

2) Some dressmakers can make a mini version of your dress (using parts of it) to put on a mini dress form for you to display

3) Shorten and dye it (I’ve had friends successfully do this and it looks great, plus they can wear it to everyone elses weddings)

4) Donate it (If you go this route, maybe consider having a drawing or painting of it done, I had afriend do this and it’s a beautiful piece of artwork in their home.)

Post # 35
3182 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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@maraschino:  Ha!  I haven’t seen that pic before.  I generally like her, but that’s a bit much. 

Mine is folded in half in the garment bag from the hubs’ tux on my closet floor.  The morning after the wedding I realized the garment bag and hanger went with all of our other stuff with my Mom.  Thought about stealing a hanger from the hotel but felt bad. 

Post # 36
413 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Mine is on the floor of the guest bedroom- still dirty.  I don’t know what I’m going to do with it.  Once I get it cleaned I hope to sell it or donate it.  Right now it is obviously not my first priority.

Post # 37
1915 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I had mine cleaned, but wished I had waited so I could take bridal portraits.  I doubt my daughter will want to wear it, but I am keeping it so my future kids can see the dress.  My mother lost her wedding dress and I was always disappointed as a little girl that I didn’t get to see it.

FWIW-I did wear my mother’s cheongsam to my chinese rehearsal dinner.  She wore three different dresses to her Chinese wedding banquet.

Post # 38
201 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Not married yet, but your responses have me leaning towards doing a trash the dress shoot and donating it after it’s cleaned.

Post # 39
725 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Hello Ladies,

I wanted to clean my dress and I finally got the courage to wash it (yes, in the washing machine).  Now that it is cleaned and smelling fantastic I plan on displaying it in our quest bedroom on a tailors dress form!  Etsy has some beautiful ones to display my custom wedding gown.  I love it too much to keep it hidden away…well at least for now!


Post # 40
776 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

this might be harsh, but after my first marriage of 15 years failed because he was cheating…..I got so angry I took my dress to a dumpster, and threw it in.  At the time it felt really good! haha!

(I know that really wasn’t the question, but I couldn’t help but think about it)

Post # 41
3538 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Mine was drycleaned and its sitting in a box all preserved. I do actually want to sell it, but I just kinda cant get around to it or either that I havent made up my mind in my head to part with it.

Its nearly been 2 years since our wedding!

My veil (I didnt wear it on the day) has been worn by 4 friends of mine at their various weddings. So Im getting some good mileage of a $200 purchase I never wore!

Post # 42
2575 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Mine is preserved and sitting in a box- which has a window so you can see the prettiness.

It will stay like that forever I guess.

Post # 43
1789 posts
Buzzing bee

I was reading in a bridal magazine about 4 different charities that you can donate yyour wedding dress to, and those are tax deductable. I cannot remember the names of the charities offhand, but one was for breast cancer, one for military wives, and the other two are lost in my memory. I will efinately be donating mine. Why leave it in the closet knowing it will brighten up someone elses day for a good cause, and it will also help my taxes that year, Win-win.


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