Post # 1
I’m getting married soon and everyone is already saying I should heirloom my dress for future generations. I don’t want to do that. Don’t get me wrong it’s a beautiful dress, but I don’t think it will be in fashion in 30 years.
I was going to sell it but I’m not sure if that’s the right option.
I don’t want to make it into baby clothes
I was thinking maybe lingerie? Is that something that a tailor could/would do?
Any other ideas on what I can do with it?
Post # 3
I’m donating mine to
brides against breast cancer
Post # 4
You can donate it, sell it, or wear it for a trash the dress photo shoot. I wouldn’t preserve mine either.
Post # 5
@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 # 6
I know I can sell it or donate it, that’s what I was going to do initially but my fiance wants us to hang on to it somehow (he’s the sentimental one lol)- I’m looking for ways to transform it into something else, so I still have it but it isn’t just sitting in a closet for decades.
If I heirloom it he might actually try to guilt trip our daughter into wearing it 30 years from now =P
Post # 7
@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 # 8
Here are a bunch of charities you could donate to:
Post # 9
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 # 10
You could make it into a christmas tree skirt.
That was my other option if I couldn’t get my husband to agree to donating it, but he came around.
Post # 11
@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 # 12
Here is a pic of my dress for reference:
It’s Alfred Angelo’s Ariel
Post # 13
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 # 14
I would like to sell or donate the gown but my soon to be husband is adament that we keep it–although he may change his mind after it has been sitting around in the closet for awhile
I’d like to know if anyone has ideas about ways I could transform the dress–I like the lingerie idea but I’ve never really seen it executed before
Christmas tree skirt idea is good except we don’t celebrate Christmas =/
Post # 15
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.
Post # 16
@JustJen_wd: that would be cute, hopefully I still fit into it in 50 years though lol