(Closed) What did you do with your dress post-wedding?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
4464 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I definitely don’t want to part with mine. I’m saving it to see if my sister wants anything to do with it when she gets married. I wouldn’t even mind if she deconstructed it. Right now it’s still hanging in its bag in my closet. Ugh, I know, I know I need to do the right thing and preserve it/dry clean it. 

Post # 4
926 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I want to sell mine, but I’m so lazy it is still sitting in my closet, not even cleaned yet

Post # 5
700 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I wanted to donate mine, but my mom and Darling Husband said that wasn’t an option. The salon I bought it from, a local place, does preservation for $200, so I did that… so, it’s currently sitting at my mom’s house, in a box. I guess it’s an heirloom?

Post # 6
955 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I had mine cleaned and preserved.  It’s in a box down in one of my basement closets.


That trash the dress thing is blasphemy!!  Why would anybody want to destroy their gown?

Post # 7
4495 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I think trash the dress sessions seem so fun!! A friend of mine sort of did one – she got married in Mexico and did a bunch of cool underwater shots in her dress. Then she had it cleaned and its just like new! But even the sessions where you really trash it look cool. I plan on saving mine though – I have sappy dreams of my future daughter wanting to wear it or use part of it on her special day.

Post # 8
23597 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Mine is literally sitting in our guest room closet….doing nothing. haha.  But I can’t part with it! 😛

Post # 9
632 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Not married, but I plan to have the fabric turned into a baptismal gown for our future children.

Post # 10
3316 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I sold mine.  I wish we could sell NotFroofy’s.  However, we don’t know the exact style number, which makes it hard to advertise.  And because she is short, it had to be hemmed a lot, which means that it would work only for another short bride.

Post # 11
142 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I don’t agree with trash the dress. These are beautiful creations which either deserve to be cherished or passed on to someone else who will equally love them and feel beautiful in them.

i plan on keeping mine after my wedding. I can see myself sneakily putting it on when no one else is home and prancing round the house from time to time.

Post # 12
261 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’m the first of my girlfriends to get married.  I want to keep my dress so we can all get into our dresses one day and have a fun photo shoot. 🙂  Plus I saw this precious picture on Pinterest with a little girl in her mother’s wedding dress which i LOVED so I’m holding out for hope that Fiance and I eventually have a adorable little girl. 🙂

Post # 13
95 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I am still horrified by the bride you had a trash the dress photo shoot one month after the wedding and died. She was standing in knee deep water- and the dress absorbed the water.  The current swept her away and she was weighted down by the dress. There was nothing the photographer coud do. Tragic.

Just something to think about…

Post # 14
7560 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

I’m planning on selling or donating it. My family thought that was weird but I can’t justify storing it for decades for the off chance that someone else wants to use it someday. Afterall, someone with a small budget can to use it now! 

Post # 15
11422 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I want to have mine cleaned and preserved via the museum method, so it’s not in a sealed box, and you can take it out of the fabric storage bag (while wearing special, white gloves) and look at it if you want. However, I just haven’t taken the risk (I would need to ship the dress to a company I found online) or gone to the expense ($300+) to take care of it.

Also, it’s almost four years later, and I still haven’t done my wedding albums (need to find someone to Photoshop most of my images before I do, and I need to decide which images I want in the album), and I would like to have that person take some detail shots that were never captured on the day of my wedding. So, right now, the dress is still in a garment bag, hanging on the back of a door.

Post # 16
4692 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

I’ll try to sell mine I think. In 30 years IF I even have a daughter, IF she gets married, I’m sure the dress will be outdated.

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