What to do with the dress after the wedding?

posted 2 years ago in Dress
Post # 31
82 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

I dyed mine and removed the train with the plan of wearing it to another formal event but unfortunately the lace didn’t take the dye well and it still looks fairly wedding-y. I may still try to wear it to something decidedly non-wedding, or dye it black so that it isn’t mistaken for a wedding dress. I definitely wouldn’t get rid of it though – it’s the most expensive piece of clothing I own haha.

Post # 32
13 posts

I was going to list mine for sale, but it needs a bit more alterations than would be easy to describe online.  So I plan to wash it on the delicate cycle inside out (it doesn’t have any beading or embellishments) and then donate it.  I’ll cherish the pictures forever but don’t want the actual dress hanging in my closet.

Post # 33
2036 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

I’m extremely sentimental. Whether I have a girl or not or any other reason to do anything with it in the future, I am 100% keeping mine in my closet. 

I do, however, plan to pull it out every few years on an anniversary and wear it for my husband so we can dance to our first dance song. 

Post # 34
1573 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: City, State

It depends on the material, but you can have pieces of it turned into other items that can be preserved instead. Throw pillow covers, taking piece of the lace and adding it to a garter or a baby’s headband, lace can be epoxied into the lid of a decorative box or barettes, stitched into the belt of a first communion dress/ christening gown etc.

Every project won’t work, but if you don’t want to sell or donate the dress, there are other ways to turn the fabric into a keepsake that can be passed down (or up) in your family.  


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