(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 # 31
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2018

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    mikaylaauel :  I thought about something similar. My husband attends balls regularly so it would be great to change the color. How do you intend to do that? I tried to dye things before and I never got them even ever. And gowns tend to have a heavy fabric which is hard to dye. 

    Right now it’s hanging dirty and sandy in it’s garment bag between other ball gowns, Dirndl and my bunny onesie I wear only in winter. I was to cheap to have it cleaned yet. When I saw the price I was like hell no, grabbed the dress and went to buy myself a Tiffany charm 😂 i will clean it eventually. Cleaning a ball gown is 20$ – so I will make sure they clean it as such and not add a premium for the white color 

     

    Post # 32
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: Sandals Barbados

    A co-worker of mine told me that her mother made a Christening gown that all of her children wore when they were baptised. I love that idea and am hoping to one day do that with mine.

    Post # 33
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    Busy bee

    Donate it to an organization that makes angel gowns. That makes me feel better than trying to get money for it or letting it take up space. 

    Post # 34
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    Bumble bee

    Returned it! I rented mine, and returned it a few days after the wedding. 

     

    Didnt see the the point of buying an expensive dress for a one-day thing. Why would I want to keep it, knowing I’d never wear it again?

    Post # 35
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    Newbee

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    sapphire02882 :  this is my plan for my future wedding dress as well! I think it’ll be sweet and meaningful, for me at least – the kids won’t get it.

    Post # 36
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    Bumble bee

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    missyjz :  I threw mine away.  It was pretty badly soiled.  If it wasn’t so bad  I might have tried to have it cleaned for reselling or donation.

    Post # 37
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: Sandals Barbados

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    wannabee2019 : 

    Yes, I agree my future children probably won’t understand it, but it will have sentimental value to me. Maybe once they have children of their own they will appreciate it. My dress is simple and not very traditional, so I figured it would be more valued to convert it than to have it passed down.

     

    Post # 39
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    Bumble bee

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    missyjz :  oh it’s okay, I’m not, and never was sad about it.

    The floor at my venue must’ve have bee have been filthy. The place it was in is on the national register of historic places, so it was quite old and it had only recently opened to events.  My guess is they didn’t quite know how to clean and care for the original flooring yet with event traffic.  The bottom of my dress was black (so were my shoes) and then it ombré-d up several inches from there in shades of grey to white, I must have kicked up dust with every step.

    Maybe it’s just as well, otherwise it might be taking up space in a closet for no good reason right now 🙂

    Post # 40
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: May 2019

    My friends and I fully intended on re-creating the classic Friends moment when Rachel, Monica, and  Phoebe are drinking beer and watching TV in their wedding dresses.  

    That’s all I’ve got planned for it so far lol 

    Post # 41
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    Sugar bee

    Part of my loves the idea of framing it, but that seems a little too self indulgent for me. It would be really pretty, though!

    I’m leaning towards shortening the length slightly and wearing it again. I didn’t chose a traditional white or ivory dress, it’s metallic gold, so it can easily be reworn for black tie events.  I do like the idea of wearing it at least once a year, like on our anniversary. Good motivation to stay the same size too!  

    Post # 42
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    1667 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: Disneyland - January 2016

    I really, really want to shorten it to tea length and wear it again for 5-year anniversary photos. Not sure if that’s actually going to happen, but I still have a couple years left to figure it out.

    After that…I’m not sure. I LOVE my dress and I’d like to do something special with it, but obviously there aren’t a lot of options. Apparently displaying it is creepy, not that I have the space for it anyway. 

    Post # 43
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2019

    My sister sold hers and got some money back. I’m not sure what to do. I think it’s kind of crazy to think your kid will want to where it. I would at l ast get it cleaned and preserved. Don’t wait to long if you want to sell it dress go in and out of style. 

    Post # 45
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    Helper bee

    I voted “other” because I bought it without a finite plan for after and now it’s been listed on Still White for over a year and while tons of people view and even “watch” it, I’ve had no buyer. So it’ll just stay there for now and is hanging in a closet at my parents’ home. I guess it’s just not everyone’s taste in dress – it’s very dramatic. If you can picture the Vera Wang with the vertical organza swirls? 

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