Your wedding day has come and gone, you’re back from your honeymoon and while you’re unpacking you see your wedding dress lying on the bed. Yes, that beautiful dress has cost a lot of money and is now hidden in a garment bag on the bed.
Whether it’s silk, satin or lace, wedding dresses are so much more than just fabric pieces. For many brides, the dress fits their personal style and love story. Women feel like princesses on their wedding day and it’s magical. With all the emotion and nostalgia surrounding the wedding dress, it is sometimes very difficult to decide what to do with your long white dress after the wedding.
Let’s face it: Like your bridesmaids there’s a good chance that you will never wear your wedding dress again. So what do you do with such an expensive garment that is made for a once in a lifetime opportunity? Are you going to hang it in the closet? Are you going to donate the dress to a charity? Or do you want to change it so you can wear it again?
Below are nine creative things you can do with your wedding dress.
1. Creative With Lace
Was the dress your favorite aspect of your wedding and are you a little creative? Then, of course, there are many ways to make something beautiful of your wedding dress. Look around on Pinterest and you will have enough ideas. For example, you can dress your baby cradle with it, create a necklace with the fabric of your dress or use part of your dress to frame as a lasting memory. You will get lots of compliments!
2. Magical Lingerie
Another option for your dress is to create a lingerie fabric. You’ll get to recreate that magical moment when your spouse took off your wedding gown in an even sexier way! You’ve probably never felt more beautiful than on your wedding day. With lingerie that is made out of your wedding dress you experience that special feeling over and over again. Ask about a tailor in the area and you’ll see that a lot of things are possible!
If you want to keep your dress, but not necessarily in its current form, you can be creative. Retain only the bustier and leave it into a portable skirt underneath. Or the other way, you can transform a long dress into a cute mini skirt.
3. Organize A Bride Dinner
Do you have friends who are already married? Then cozy all together bubbling in your wedding dresses! A bride dinner is a great excuse to shine again in your bridal regalia.
4. Christening Dress
You can also save the dress for a future christening dress. This way you can keep the dress and use it in a new way for another happy moment in your life.
5. Keep Your Wedding Dress For Your Daughter
Keep your wedding dress for your daughter or daughter-in-law. This seems a bit far-fetched, but if you can’t let go of your beautiful dress and you can see someone else wearing it on their wedding day, you should keep it. You never know what the future holds! The moment you see your daughter shine in your wedding dress is priceless. Keeping your dress for her wedding is therefore the best thing you can do with your wedding dress. Keep it safe in a special cover in a dry and dark place.
It is often possible to make your dress something more to her taste. You don’t want to wait that long? A photo shoot of your little girl in your wedding dress is super cute!
6. Feeling Generous?
Donate your dress to charity. Brides Across America offers free wedding dresses to military brides who could not afford it otherwise. Another great charity is Adorned in Grace, which was born out of one sex trafficking survivor’s experience with a donated wedding gown. All proceeds are donated to raise awareness and prevention of human trafficking and to support victims.
7. Pre Owned Wedding Dresses
Several bridal shops have a second section where you can give your dress a second life or you can buy them online. If you had purchased a designer dress you can recoup some of the cost. Sites like Once Wed, Preowned Wedding Dresses, Nearly Newlywed and Tradesy make the process so easy it’s like free money in your pocket. While some charge a small listing fee, others simply take a commission of the sale.
8. Trash The Dress
If you are finished with your wedding dress, there is one great last way to say goodbye to the most important dress of your life. Trash the dress! Trash your dress for amazing and unique pictures. There are some incredibly artistic ways to photograph your wedding in a non-wedding area.
9. Out In The Open
If you have the space, you can store your wedding dress on a mannequin display, or on a beautiful hanger on the wall. Ask for some information in the dry cleaning shop about how you can treat your wedding dress to prevent it from being yellowish.
Before you do these amazing things with your dream dress, make sure a professional cleans it. Your wedding dress is a special reminder of a fantastic day. After dragging on the ground, or after the endless toasts with your girlfriends, it can be dirty.
Whatever you ultimately choose to do with your wedding dress, be glad you met the love of your life and have had the opportunity to be a bride.
Let’s face it: Like your bridesmaids there’s a good chance that you will never wear your wedding dress again. So what do you do with such an expensive garment that is made for a once in a lifetime opportunity? Are you going to hang it in the closet?
Leanne Lovett is a rockstar content producer from Best Miami Weddings, the first stop for every bride in Miami. Look on www.bestmiamiweddings.com for more information.