WHAT SHOULD I DO WITH MY WEDDING DRESS?
There are a lot of options on what to do with your wedding dress now that your wedding day is over. Here’s a few to consider…
You can preserve your dress for your daughter or other family member to wear or to keep as a keepsake.
If you are going to preserve your wedding gown professionals say to have it cleaned soon after your wedding day so the stains don’t set. If left untreated, the stains can turn yellow over time.
There are companies that will preserve your wedding dress–clean and prepare your dress so you can keep it. Be sure to look into these companies really well, read reviews, read the fine print on what they insure, etc. Can you take it out of the box? You should be able to, why would you want it kept in a box you can never open? It is usually $250+ to send it away to a preservation company and takes 4-12 weeks.
You can also preserve your wedding dress yourself. If you are going to have it cleaned be sure to research the company and make sure they do this often- at least 100 wedding dresses a year. Ask how they clean it- by hand or dry cleaned, etc? It is usually $100-$200 to have your dress cleaned.
Experts suggest after your dress is cleaned, fold the dress loosely without creases. Place acid free tissue paper or muslin between the folds of the dress to prevent creasing and to make sure the fabric is not touching any other parts of the dress. Place it in an acid free box. Store where there is not too much light and it is at room temperature (not too cold or hot).
A box is the safest way to store your wedding dress. Do not use plastic garment bags or your dress will smell like a plastic garment bag and if you dry clean it again, the residue from a plastic bag doesn’t do well with dry cleaning. Do not hang up your dress for long periods of time or the stitching will loosen.
SELL THE DRESS
You can recoup some of the cost of your wedding dress by selling it. You can try selling it in your local classifieds, Facebook Marketplace, Craig’s List, etc.
DONATE YOUR DRESS
There are many women out there who would love to find your dress for a very conservative price at a Goodwill Store.
MAKE YOUR FUTURE CHILDREN A BLESSING DRESS
Consider having a piece of your dress made into a blessing dress for your children who will come into your life.
CHANGE IT TO A PARTY DRESS
Altering your wedding dress so you can wear it on other occasions is a great idea. Make it into a party dress by cropping it and/or dying it.
MAKE A BABY BLANKET OUT OF YOUR DRESS
You can make a few things out of your dress or a piece of your dress if you want. Consider making a baby’s blanket from it.
TRASH THE DRESS
Another photo opportunity to do with you, your groom if you would like, and your wedding dress. So many Trash The Dress pics out there with good ideas… going to your favorite place like the park, lake, ocean or eating your favorite foods, paint, etc… get as creative as you want with this one!
Whatever you decide to do with your dress, take pictures of the process. What an amazing ending to your wedding day album.
Photo cred top: J. Brown Photography , Alter your dress: Susie Stolberg, Strawberries: Emin Kuliyev, Underwater: Kevin Beasley, Paint: DePoy Studios