Wedding gown

Your beautiful wedding dress

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

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 it 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?

Nine Ways To Give Your Wedding Dress New Life

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.

Christening Dress

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!

Feeling Generous

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.

Trash The Dress

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.

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This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

Funny thing—when you’re planning your wedding, it’s all about the dress, the perfect gown for you and the centerpiece of your wedding day. But unless you are the exceptional bride, you probably haven’t thought about what to do with it afterward.

Experts suggest that you consider wedding gown preservation, a special process of cleaning and packing it for storage that will preserve its original beauty. While preservation might seem like an unnecessary extra expense right after the wedding, you’ll be glad you did.

Here are the ten top reasons to care for your gown.

Why Preserving Your Wedding Gown Is A Great Investment

Wedding dress on hanger

Recover Precious Space

Tip 1:  You have more space in your bedroom closet.  Your husband loved your look in your gown, but he would now like to get into his side of the closet without having to tango with your dress.

Tip 2:  Your mom wants her guest room back.  You had better take it from her before she turns it into a bedspread.

Tip 3: You won’t have to worry when you move.  It isn’t likely the moving men will wash their hands before they touch your gown so it’s best to protect it before they arrive.

Bride on grass

Restore Its Pristine Condition

Tip 4:  You won’t have to scramble when your daughter is born.  You have enough to do with a new baby so get your dress ready for her later use before she arrive.  (And remember to have your christening gown renewed too.)

Tip 5: You want your gown to look the way it did before your favorite niece gave you a chocolate hug and Uncle Bob christened you with red wine!

Tip 6:  You know the makeup you wore is not good for the inside of your gown.  Neither is the cake your husband thought was fun to feed you.

Groom looks at bride

Remember The Day

Tip 7:  Your gown is ready for you to open whenever you like—just slip on a pair of white gloves before touching it.

Tip 8:  You’ll  remember how beautiful you are every time you look at your gown.

Tip 9:  You wish your wedding day could last forever, and with care the beauty of your gown can last for years and years.

Tip 10:  You want to re-live the love.  Your gown is yours alone—the most beautiful gown ever.  And it’s the gown you wore when you shared the most wonderful moment of your life—vows with your husband.  Make sure your beautiful gown has a happy ever-after, too!

For  the questions to ask when you choose your gown preservationist, check our list of wedding gown preservation tips.  For information about  a great option for a honeymoon registry, visit Honeyfund today.

Sally Lorensen ConantBio: Featured on television, and in books, magazines and newspapers, Sally Lorensen Conant, Ph.Dis executive director of the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists and frequently serves as a consultant to museums and historical societies.  The Association is a not-for-profit trade association of cleaners in ten countries who focus on caring for wedding gowns, both new and old. For information about wedding gown preservation, see the Wedding Gown Specialist website.


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