(Closed) Post wedding, what to do with wedding dress?

posted 4 years ago in Dress
  • poll: What did you do/ are you planning on doing with your wedding gown after your big day?
    I sold it! : (3 votes)
    7 %
    I had it preserved! : (5 votes)
    12 %
    Like OP, my dress is still in the garment bag :) : (23 votes)
    53 %
    Other, and I'll explain... : (12 votes)
    28 %
  • Post # 2
    433 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2017 - Country Cottage and Gardens

    This photo from pinterest came to mind when I read this: 


    or this http://blog.coldwellbanker.com/wedding/

    But in all reality, I’ll probably either put it away for my daughter (I’ve seen people use the fabric in their modern dress) or I’ll donate it. I haven’t looked into places that take them but I like the idea of someone who can’t afford one getting a really nice one. I also like this Pinterest idea of taking a picture of your daughter in your wedding dress and giving it to her on her wedding day like this: http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/a4/18/c0/a418c0ad3bd0e9dfd857f630f0bbc9f6.jpg

    Post # 3
    39 posts

    I was going to sell mines but my husband wants me to keep it


    Post # 4
    1070 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    Ideally, I want to bring it back out for our 1 year anniversary trip to Johannesburg and take pictures there, but realistically, I bet that won’t happen.

    I think I’m going to end up preserving it. I don’t have the guts for a Trash the Dress shoot as I know a lot of people are starting to do after their wedding. I love my dress too much. It would kill me to trash it.

    Post # 5
    550 posts
    Busy bee

    Mine is still in the bag I used to bring it home.. I had asked if we could wear our wedding clothes for our first year anniversary and got laughed at. Maybe not.

    Post # 6
    11420 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I planned to have mine preserved using the museum method, but it’s still in the garment bag, hanging on the back of a door.  I’ve been married for 63 months!

    Post # 7
    408 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I gave mine away! Loved my dress, it was my dream dress, I obsessed over images, and had the most amazing day in it. Thinking of someone else having a similar day in it made me happy, but for me it almost seemed sad/ cheap (hated the idea of putting a price to it) it to sell it, I understand lots of brides do that and I respect that – this was just an emotional feeling I had at the idea of posting a for sale ad. I then heard of someone – a friend of an acquaintance overseas – who was searching for a dress exactly like mine. I gave it to her and off it went! I was a little concerned id have regrets but it was for me a 100% right decision and my husband loved the idea. I did however make sure I kept my shoes! 😉

    Post # 8
    9548 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I inherited dresses from my mother and both grandmothers and none of them came close to working for me so I can’t imagine that a daughter would, realistically, want mine. I thought about selling, but I had the train cut off my dress, which really hurts the resale value. So I had it dyed black and now I wear it as an evening gown on the rare occasions when my husband and I go to formal events!

    Post # 12
    7689 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    Oh Snap, It’s still in my closet hanging up-going on 33 yrs.  

    Post # 13
    180 posts
    Blushing bee

    JenGirl:  That is beautiful. I just signed up for the bee after lurking for over a year to tell you that!

    Post # 14
    23597 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I am now coming up on 3 years post wedding, and it’s still hanging in its original garment bag in our guest room (soon to be nursery) closet.  I keep dreaming of getting it preserved, but i’m kind of unwilling to spend the money…so alas, there it hangs. 🙂

    Post # 15
    100 posts
    Blushing bee

    At a bridal shop I went to this weekend, they had a dress on display that the turned into a quilt. It would make a lovely baby quilt for a baptism, but their sample was a wall hanging.

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