What did you do with your wedding dress?

posted 8 years ago in Married Life
  • poll: What did you do with your dress after the wedding?
    Kept it : (82 votes)
    76 %
    Sold it : (10 votes)
    9 %
    Donated it : (7 votes)
    6 %
    Other : (9 votes)
    8 %
  • Post # 3
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    Mine is sitting in a cedar closet downstairs. I didn’t bother getting it cleaned and preserved–it cost $400, so i’d feel foolish spending a bunch of money getting it clean! A friend of mine at work used her dress to make a quilt…i really like that idea. I’m keeping it for the sole purpose of trying to repurpose it into something. Plus, if i sold it, i’d only get like $200 out of it, right? I’d rather use it.

    Post # 4
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    463 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    i’m looking at donating my dress. only thing is they need you to get it professionally cleaned before they take it and i’m concerned about how much more that is going to cost me after i’m already giving it away.

    Post # 5
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    287 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    i still haven’t decided and i have 2 dresses!!! i took them to the only cleaner/preserver in the DC area that is certified but they couldn’t do it because of some special kind of crystals they both have on them. i called the store i bought it from and they only recommend 1 clearner/preserver who is based out ofnew york – prices range from $400 to $1000 to do an intricate dress, plus shipping etc. so now they are both back in the closet for now.

    one i could definitely wear again as its very flowy and more casual/doesn’t look obviously wedding-ish but i’d still have to at least clean it to do that too. i don’t know. i’m just putting the whole decision thing off for now…..

    Post # 6
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    10851 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    @Ms. Purple: Look at The Brides Project, they don’t require you to clean your dress beforehand and they are AWESOME people there ๐Ÿ™‚

    @lilybay: I have to go pick mine up from being cleaned an preserved. I thought about selling it, but I’m too sentimental. I know it’ll just sit in a box for the rest of my life, but I figure every now and then I might put it on just for fun. And who knows, maybe I’ll have girls one day who like to play dress up! It wasn’t cheap to have it cleaned and preserved ($450), but oh well, what can you do right? I don’t think I could cut up my dress either, you’re not alone on that one! It’s still too new for me!

    Post # 7
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    1523 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I really loved my dress. When we got to our hotel on the wedding night I looked at my hubby and told him that I didn’t want to take it off because I loved it so much, lol

    I never intended to sell it or give it away. Right now it is hanging up in our guest room closet. I need to do something with it, but not sure what to do. Does anyone have any information about cleaning and properly storing a wedding dress?

    For you, I think it would be wonderful to donate it for another bride to use. The decision is of course yours. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 8
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    145 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    hey.. does any1 watch real housewives of beverly hills? were my eyes playing tricks on me or did adrienne have her wedding dress framed and hanging up in her hallway??

    Post # 9
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    7975 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    @ejs4y8: I am in almost the same place as you, only not quite so far down the road ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with mine, because 1) I’m not sentimental, 2) it didn’t cost THAT much, and 3) it’s not worth selling for what I’d get (especially after dry cleaning costs, because the bottom is filthy).

    I’m thinking about finding a budding photog this summer and doing a TTD, partially for fun and partially to help them build their portfolio (who am I kidding? mostly for fun!)

    Post # 10
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    9053 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    Mine is hanging dirty in my closet.  I think I want to keep it, but just can’t face the price of getting it cleaned/preserved.

    Post # 11
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    971 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2008

    I am probably the only bride who still wears her wedding dress!  OK – in all fairness, it wasn’t a traditional wedding gown … it was a white sleeveless top and a black and white print skirt.  We did a quickie JOP last minute type wedding and it was what I loved the most in my closet and I wore it!  I still wear it because the top is classic and so is the skirt! 

    Post # 12
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    4546 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I ordered a kit and it will be cleaned and preserved!

    Post # 13
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    3871 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    It’s sitting in my closet right now.  A friend of mine suggested saving it to make your daughter’s christening gown.  And that’s what I’m going to do.  I think its a great idea.

    Post # 14
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    2397 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    Mine is also hanging in my closet in it;s garment bag…. dirty.  I haven’t looked into getting it cleaned; I just automatically assumed it would be outrageously expensive. 

    I would like to repurpose it at some point, and I really like the idea of making christening gowns out of it (if we ever have children!). 

    Post # 15
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    2476 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I got mine cleaned and preserved by Wedding Gown Preservation.  It was easy and I’m really happy with the results.  Oh, and it cost $150 to clean and preserve my gown, garter, and veil.  ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 16
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    7770 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Mine is sitting in plastic in DH’s closet.  I want to get it cleaned, I think it is about $100 (organic) to have it cleaned around here.  I just haven’t wanted to spend the money.  I LOVE the quilt idea!

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