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

posted 3 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 # 16
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    Bumble bee

    I kept her, verrrry sentimental about the dress for sure.  I could never part with her.  Married 22 years now, and once a year I take her out and just oooh and ahh over her.

    Post # 17
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    Sugar bee

    I bought wedding separates which worked out great! It was nice because i swapped out the long skirt for something more comfortable for the dance party. I’ll also be able to wear the top again, and could probably modify the bottom to wear again as well (though I might be too lazy) 

    Lots of great bridal separates at BHLDN if you’re interested
    https://www.bhldn.com/bride-bridal-separates/?cm_sp=LEFTNAV-_-SUB_CATEGORY-_-BRIDE_BRIDALSEPARATES

    Post # 18
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2018

    I’m signed up to donate her to Angel gowns.(they have a waiting list to donate) I may see about volunteering with them and doing some sewing too. 

    ATM,  she’s sitting in the back of our closet taking up space beside my renn  faire costume and a brand new Victorian costume I bought to wear at Dickens on the Strand.  

    Post # 19
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    Newbee

    Not married yet but i plan to donate my dress. I also had a hard time coming to terms with buying an expensive dress to wear for a few hours. The dress i had my eye on was almost 2,000 and i got it on sale (craziest sale ever) for just over 200, and it made me so freaking happy i almost lost it. So i figure i would try to donate it so someone else can have that same happy feeling i got finding that deal. I might also try to do a mild trash the dress shoot but something that would allow me to easily dry clean the trash part out. 

    Post # 20
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    1150 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2018

    I’m planning to list mine for sale, but for a bit more than I paid for it as I got it for 1/6 of the RRP. That way I’ve told myself if it does sell, I can’t be disappointed, but I don’t think I’ll be disappointed if it doesn’t sell, either.

    If after a period of time (I’m not sure how long yet) it hasn’t sold and I decide I want rid of it, I intend to donate it to our local cat rescue who have a few charity shops.

    Post # 21
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2018

    I am planning on wearing it once and then storing it. I don’t have kids, so it probably won’t be passed on, but I want to keep it to look at once or twice a year.

    Post # 22
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2018

    If I ever have a huge walk in closet, I will find a way to display it, maybe on a manequin

    Post # 23
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    Honey bee

    We had an amazing TTD photo shoot on the beach and in the ocean, but luckily my dress wasn’t trashed and I had it cleaned and donated it.

    Post # 24
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    Newbee

    This is a really subjective thing. Some people really just can’t think to spend to much on that and put the money on something more important. Has to b what is the most important thing to you. My husband and I eloped with an inexpensive dress and did have my kids with us at the elopement (but they were very young). Then we had to really get rid of all our belongings anyhow and just keeping the kids important as we moved between two countries.

    Now, years later with kids whom are young adults, I am having a vow renewal with my husband and miss not having a dress I fell in love with and a day for it. However, the dream dress my husband, daughter and son helped me find was only around $800 with accessories around 200. It’s everything I wanted in tradition and, regardless of whether my daughter chooses to wear it, this will be given to her. She knows how much that means to me in not having any family outside of our little one so she is willing to at least let me see her in it if she chooses another and promises to keep it to hand down; even if preserved.

    I couldn’t see spending over $1000 either and didn’t even look there. It’s more about the sentiment with me. Luckily my family (hubby included) knows how sappy I am and are always very good to me for it :-).

    Post # 25
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2019 - Forest Grove, OR

    I plan to buy my dress used from a consignment site. Since it is MUCH less expensive than retail value, I will dry clean and keep it. If it were brand new, I would re sell.

    Post # 26
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2019 - Forest Grove, OR

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    jtaylorj :  I just want to say that your comment made me smile. I love to see people wanting others to be as happy as them. 

    Post # 27
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2018

    I have to dry clean it and preserve it. That dress isn’t going anywhere. Love it so much. 

    Post # 28
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: City, State

    I literally took it off, threw it back in the bag and it’s been in the closet for like two years now. 

    Post # 29
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    I voted for ‘store it away to collect dust’ but that is not really the case. My mom paid to have it cleaned and preserved in a big box with a window on the front, and it is folded so you can see the beaded bodice in the display window. So while it will likely just sit there, it is saved for sentimental reasons and to be viewed along with my other wedding memorabilia. 

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