Post # 1
We just got married a couple of weeks ago and yesterday I finally retrieved my dress from my in-laws (who were holding it while we were honeymooning). We got married in Yosemite, and took pictures all over the place, so of course the hem of the dress is quite dirty. Otherwise the dress held up pretty well and I would say it is in overall good condition.
I am still trying to figure what exactly to do with the dress- I don’t really have any desire to keep it, but I am not sure whether it is in good enough condition to be sold, and I haven’t gotten a cleaning estimate yet but I think it might be really expensive to clean. I would only sell it if I could overall come out on top (so, if the dress costs $500 to clean but I could only make $500 on it, I would only be breaking even).
I’m not opposed to donating the dress to charity if I can’t make any money off of it, but I don’t want to have to clean it before donating it (normally I would clean it, but the whole point of donating it would be so that I don’t have to spend any more money on it!)
Do you guys have any advice? Thanks!
Post # 3
I’m sure you can donate the dress without cleaning it. They will either clean it themselves or sell it as is.
Post # 4
I agree, I’d donate. Making money on a dress that hasn’t even been worn yet is difficult sometimes. If you donate it I’m sure cleaning it is part of the normal process for them.
Post # 5
I’m thinking about donating mine to Brides Against Breast Cancer… hoping it doesn’t cost too much to ship it to them (my dress is heavy)! 🙂
Post # 6
You could try selling it. Most dresses need to get re-hemed anyway. I know my local used wedding dress shop takes dresses if the hem is dirty.
Post # 7
If you’re gonna have kids I’d say wait til then and get a christening gown cut out of it.
Post # 8
I agree with the christening gown or baby blanket idea.
Post # 9
Getting a christening gown cut out of it or a baby blanket is a super cute idea that I didn’t even think of! We aren’t really planning for kids right now though…so I’m just not sure.
I’m still thinking about it but these are great ideas! If I donated it I don’t think I would want to ship it…maybe there’s a local charity or something.
Post # 10
Just to let you know, my seamstress said that for the best chance of getting the dress clean of all the staining, it has to be done w/in the first 30 days. It’s not even so much the dirt on the bottom, but the oils that the body secretes that can stain & discolor the dress.
I’m not saying you shouldn’t donate, just wanted to give you a heads up!
Post # 11
I once took a bm dress and made stuffed bunny rabbits for all the bridal party member. You could try that as well– Im told one of the bm granddaughers loves it;- 2 generations passed down.