(Closed) What did you do / intend to do with your wedding dress after the big day

posted 4 years ago in Dress
  • poll: What did you do / intend to do with your wedding dress after the big day?

    Resold it (if so, where, how much time it took to sell and how much of a discount did it sell at)

    Repurposed it (eg cut it shorter to be a party dress)

    Stored it away to collect dust (and maybe pass on to future generations!)

    Other (please elaborate)

  • Post # 2
    1814 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2017 - Pearson Convention Centre

    I got my wedding dress cleaned and preserved and I’m keeping it for sentimental reasons

    Post # 3
    56 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: July 2018

    I’m not exactly sure honesty. I agree I’m too practical for just sticking it in the closet forever but I’m not sure I want to sell it either. I may change my mind after the big day. For now my plan is to wear it again after the wedding for some pictures doing ridiculous touristy things like putt putt, to a really informal party we’re having after we get home, and then to maybe do some wreck the dress photos, maybe the beach, or playing paintball or something. It’ll all be kinda fun and funny in a ball gown. After that maybe I’ll have it cleaned and just wear it around the house on our anniversaries.

    Post # 4
    1110 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2018

    I’m looking for a charity to donate it to (just applied to Brides Accross America). I’m not sentimental at all so holding onto a giant ballroom gown is a no to me.

    Post # 5
    510 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2016

    It’s still sitting in my closet…

    Post # 6
    9343 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

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    missyjz :  I shoved it in a closet without even getting it dry cleaned…..3.5 years ago…. oops. 

    Post # 7
    32 posts

    my fiancé and I travel to a new destination each year so I plan to have a formal photoshoot of us at each destination and with me in my dress after our wedding as a way to remember my youth lol. I’m pretty sure when I get older, I won’t be able to fit in it 😂. I though about repurposing my dress but it has a very pretty dramatic train so I hate to have the train cut off. 

    Post # 8
    4025 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2016 - Manhattan, NY

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    missyjz :  As much as I love the idea of selling my dress and having some extra money, I really don’t think I can part with it for sentimental reasons. So it’s preserved and sitting in a pretty box in our attic. 

    Post # 9
    232 posts
    Helper bee

    I didn’t like the idea of my dress only being worn once, so I sold my dress at a wedding dress consignment store nearby. I liked the idea that someone with a lesser budget could come in and have the full bridal experience at this store (they are super professional there) and buy my dress for significantly less. 

    My dress was around $1900 and I only got $500 back, but I love the fact that someone else gets to have joy from I dress I love so much! 

    It didn’t take me much time, I just filled out the paperwork, droppped my dress off at the store, and my dress sold within 3 weeks. 

    Post # 10
    365 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2018

    For the longest time I said I would want to do a trash the dress photoshoot – nothing too crazy but maybe beach pics of me in the water in my dress but I am second guessing this because I adore my dress so much and I don’t want to ruin it now. Who knows if it’s a disaster after the wedding maybe I will just have some fun in it after but I know I’ll keep it. It’s not white so maybe if I have a daughter she can wear it for a prom or something 

    Post # 11
    1115 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2017

    I got married in september and my dress is living in its bag at my parents house. I really need to get it cleaned and sell it- if we can’t sell it for a decent price I would donate it .

    Post # 12
    617 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2018

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    missyjz :  I’m not super sentimental about the dress, and I know from experience that even if I’m blessed with a daughter someday she probably won’t want to wear it.  So I don’t see the point of it sitting in a closet forever.  I plan on selling it after the wedding.  It would honestly make me happy to have another bride wear it and feel beautiful in it, and at a discounted rate!

    Post # 13
    140 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2016

    For my wedding I wore a knee length, vintage style white dress with a poofy tulle skirt over it. Now on our anniversaries I wear the white dress out to dinner. I’ve also worn the tulle skirt again as part of a costume for a masquerade ball I went to.

    Post # 14
    673 posts
    Busy bee

    In my head I just couldn’t justify spending over $1000 on a dress I would only wear once, so I made it a mission to find a dress that I could rewear. I ended up finding a dress I loved but that could also be re-dyed to a another color. I’m in the process of moving but once we get settled, I’m getting the train cut off and having it dyed a red wine color. After my parents were married my mom would rewear her wedding dress on their anniversaries and I think that’s a cute idea, so I plan on rewearing my dyed wedding dress on our anniversaries as well. Here is my dress obviously not dyed yet but I can’t wait till it’s dyed and can start wearing it again! 

    Post # 15
    1440 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

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    LilliV :  me too. Mine has been in the pink plastic garment bag from the dress store for almost 3 years. We’ve moved it across the country twice. 😬

    I always intended to try to sell it, but I traveled a lot for work at that time and then life got crazy for awhile and… it’s still hanging around, taking up a ton of closet space. 

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