Post # 1
Even though my wedding was almost two weeks ago, my beloved wedding dress is still hanging in the garment bag on the back of my closet door. I’m still not sure what to do with it. I love the dress, but we also live in a smallish apartment without the storage space to accomodate it long-term. I could have it preserved and store it at my mom’s place, but I just don’t know how I feel about that. What will I do with it? Why am I saving it? I thought of selling it, but I don’t know how much money I could recoup on it and if I’d feel weird selling something that I’ve invested so much time/money into. I’ve heard other people suggest having the dress altered, into a christening gown (for future kids) or even shortening the dress into a cocktail dress. I’m just on the fence, so I thought I’d check with my WB friends.
What did you do with your dress? Are you happy with your decision?
Post # 4
I haven’t decided yet either. I paid $400 for mine so I think trying to recoup maybe $200 isn’t really worth it. My mom thinks I can alter mine to a really super fancy cocktail dress to wear on a cruise for an anniversary in the future. If I ever have a ball to go to, i’m dying the sucker red!
I’m curious to see what everyone says. I like my dress, but i’m not necessarily so sentimental I feel like i have to save it either
Post # 5
yeah, I dont think I would want to keep my dress but I know my mom would think otherwise. she is very sentimental that way.
My prom was 6 years ago and she made me keep the dress. I wanted to cut the bottom part of it (because it was this gigantic tulle bottom) and use it for halloween as a fairy dress one year. she got to upset about the thought of that she cried! ugh!
I would like to sell my dress. getting anything back for it would be great, and some money back in our pockets. however I see my mom preserving the dress and keeping it for me.
Post # 6
I am going to do a trash the dress session with my photog friend who wants to expand his protfolio. I havnt decided if it will be a full on trash session where the dress is unsaveable or if I will do one where the dress will be saveable and just needs cleaned.
Post # 7
I’m not sure yet either…you and I got married the same weekend! I left mine on the bed we sleep in at my parents house! My dress got trashed though, so I’m not even sure if it can be saved! There was lots of various drinks spilled on my train…my bustle broke twice, which was part of the problem! I think my mom wants me to preserve it, but we’ll see!
Post # 8
I want to preserve mine, but don’t know where… so if anyone has recommendations, I’d love to hear them!
Post # 9
I got married the weekend before you (and you hbowar!) and my dress is currently at the bridal shop. My mom really wanted to have it preserved for me, and since I didn’t have any other plans for it, I said yes. If she hadn’t of suggested preservation, I probably would have just donated it.
Post # 10
I’m just going to donate mine. My mom was horrified by this and insisted that I at least let her keep it for a few years in case I change my mind and wish I had it. But I just really don’t see myself caring down the line. Someone else would probably appreciate it!
Post # 11
I just got my dress yesterday! As I was trying it on, the designer said, "Let me show you the greatest thing about this dress." I was already sold, but what made it even better is that she makes the gown so that the bottom half is detachable. It will be velcroed somehow right above the knee, so that I can have a short dress for the reception, for my honeymoon and any other occaison for an ivory cocktail dress. I’m very excited that I will get to keep my dress and wear it again after the wedding.
@KTdid23- I bought my dress at Mary’s Bridal in Annapolis. The owner said she does a lot of preservation work. You may want to look into it, if you have not already, http://marys.com/preservation.htm
Post # 12
We’ll try to sell ours. There is also a local place that accepts donations of gowns, and either lends them to brides with low budgets or sells them to cover expenses. If they don’t sell, that may be another option to consider.
After my first wedding, I kept my dress, and my sister used it five years later. However, I can’t think of what I would ever use this one for after the wedding. It is far too traditional a bridal gown to work for anything else. My daughter is a quite different size from me, and her taste is likely different. The woman I suspect my son will wear is also a quite different size from me. And I am certainly not planning on having any more weddings myself!
Post # 13
Ooh, I love the idea of having it altered so that it could be a communion dress for your future daughter. That’s soo sweet.
My mom already told me she would take care of everything after the wedding, and when we leave on our honeymoon. So that’s covered.
It is really so special to me, I’ve spent so much time dreaming about it and designing it- it’s a custom dress made by a designer from Israel! So I really would never ever ever get rid of it. I want to save it forever.
Post # 14
I’m saving it if I have a daughter knock on wood she can keep it
Post # 15
Trash the dress pictures are great. You will never wear it again, and let face it. Your daughter will probably have a total different style than you and want something else.
Post # 16
I’ll probably donate/"freecycle" it. Alternately, I might sell it back to the consignment store I bought it from. Altering it to a cocktail dress ain’t a bad idea though…