Post # 1
Bees, I’m having a dilemma. When I bought my wedding dress, I liked it but didn’t love it. I was 90% sure I was going to sell the dress after the wedding.
Well, I fell in love with my dress on the day of the wedding. I loved how I looked that day and I got so many compliments on the dress! The decision to sell it suddenly isn’t so clear. I took my dress to be cleaned (but not preserved) and I will be picking it up in a couple of weeks. I feel like I need to decide what to do with it soon. The dress has pickups, which I know are pretty trendy, and I don’t know that it will be in style for that long. (A photo of me in the dress is below.)
It seems like a waste to leave it sitting in the box for the rest of my life. It would be great to see another girl get to wear it and enjoy it as much as I did…but at the same time, it would be hard to let go of it! I’ve also gotten the suggestion to save it and have christening gowns made out of it, but I don’t think I like the idea of ripping the dress apart, either.
And I really wish that I was a good person and could just donate it selflessly…but that’s hard to think about, as well.
Married Bees, what did you do with your dress? Did you feel differently about your dress before and after the wedding? I’d just appreciate some different perspectives on this so I can make up my mind!
Post # 3
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
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
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
@Ms. Purple: Look at The Brides Project, they don’t require you to clean your dress beforehand and they are AWESOME people there 🙂
@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
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. 🙂
Post # 8
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
@ejs4y8: I am in almost the same place as you, only not quite so far down the road 🙂
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
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
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
I ordered a kit and it will be cleaned and preserved!
Post # 13
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
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
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. 🙂
Post # 16
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!