(Closed) What should I do with my dress after?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 4
1041 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

You can donate it, sell it, or wear it for a trash the dress photo shoot.  I wouldn’t preserve mine either.

Post # 5
509 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@GroovyHippieChick: Same here! I am in love with the idea of donating it to brides that might not have the means to get the dress of their dreams!

Post # 7
468 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@athame1983:  That would be so cool to transform it into lingerie or something!! I wish someone would post more about that, because I would be interested!

Post # 9
111 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

You could certainly donate or sell it, but maybe strongly consider keeping it as an heirloom anyway; you never know if your child is going to like vintage or not. 

Is your dress something you could have modified and dyed for formal functions?  I know a lot of people find dying a wedding dress very risky, but if you’re never going to wear it again anyway, is it really that big of a risk?

I do like the lingerie idea, but that depends on the dress and how well it would make that transition.  Another option that depends on the dress is to use it for dance (if you like to dance), perhaps with modifications.  That’s the first thing that comes to my mind, but that’s because I’m making myself a fully-functional flamenco dress for my wedding, so it’s quite easy for me to say!

It would be easier to consider what you could do with the dress if you provide a picture of it.  Some styles lend themselves more readily to certain purposes than others.

Post # 11
359 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@GroovyHippieChick:  I love this. Pretty much solves my own question of what to do with whatever dress I end up in. I’m going to see if there’s a local charity like this that will benefit women in my community.


Post # 13
3697 posts
Sugar bee

Could you maybe heirloom your veil if you have one (more likely to still be usable a few decades down the road, or able to be modified to be usable) and donate the gown?

Post # 15
67 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I’m really rather sentimental so I couldn’t bear the thought of getting rid of it. I’m going to keep it nice, however I did have the thought of maybe years down the line, cutting it up and making a brand new dress with the fabric to wear for our 50th anniversary if we survive that long! Thought it would be nice.

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