Many brides spend months or even years carefully selecting their dream wedding dress.
But after the nuptials have come and gone, the question remains: what to do with it?
According to bridal site Easy Weddings, almost three quarters of brides they’ve surveyed are likely to save or store their dress after the big day.
However, storage isn’t the only option, and here FEMAIL takes a look at some other ways to make the most of your wedding gown after you’ve said ‘I do’.
After the nuptials have come and gone, the question remains: what to do with the dress?
REWORK IT INTO A MODERN STYLE
It may be you’d never consider cutting up the dress you spent hours and hours traipsing around stores to find. Not to mention the cost.
But in the spirit of not having clothing sitting around in your closet unworn – because let’s face it, when are you going to wear this particular dress again – there’s always the option of cutting it up, and creating something new.
We’re not advocating you take to it yourself with a pair of scissors, unless you’re particularly handy, but there are ways to rework your gown to give it a modern make over.
Depending on the style, a floor length-gown can be shorted to cocktail dress length, and if you’re feeling adventurous, dyed a colour you might be more inclined to wear other than white.
If you’re of a more creative inclination, see a dressmaker and discuss your vision for a reworked design that’s one of a kind.
If you’re of a more creative inclination, see a dressmaker and discuss your vision for a reworked creation that’s one of a kind
TRASH THE DRESS
Trash the dress is style of wedding photography that includes taking risky photos that could damage the dress.
The settings can range from watery locations including beaches and ponds, to snow covered fields or muddy paddocks.
While this might not be everyone’s idea of a great way to have fun with their dress after the wedding – it’s highly likely the dress won’t survive the shoot – it will certainly add some more than memorable snaps to the wedding album.
It’s highly likely the dress won’t survive the shoot but it will certainly add some more than memorable snaps to the wedding photo album
SELL IT ONLINE
If after the hype has died down and and holding on to the dress doesn’t really appeal, there is always the option to sell to a bride looking to buy a pre-loved gown.
By selling it, you stand to recoup some of the original outlay as well as support a sustainable clothing culture.
The process can often be as taking a few photos, adding some information about the dress, and listing with a reputable site.
By selling your pre-loved dress, you stand to recoup some of the original outlay as well support a sustainable clothing culture
DONATE TO A WORTHWHILE CAUSE
If reworking or selling aren’t options likely to be considered, another way to let go is to think about donating it to a worthy cause.
Angel Gowns Australia is a non-profit organisation that uses the fabric of pre-loved wedding dresses to handcraft ‘Angel Gown garments. These are used as burial gowns for stillborn babies or as tutus for children with serious illnesses.
Not only does your dress have a ‘second life’, it has one that helps others.
If reworking or selling aren’t options that appeal, another way to let go is to consider donating it to a worthy cause
SAVE AND STORE IT
At the end of the day, the decision you make about what to do with your wedding dress is entirely up to you.
It could be that for sentimental reasons, you want to hold on to it, and if that’s the case, you need to make sure you store it properly so it stays in perfect condition.
To ensure it remains immaculate, have the dress professionally cleaned, and place it back in the safety of it’s protecting bag.
That way if you ever decide to gift it to a love one in the future, or have on hand to relive memories of the beautiful day, it’s in the most pristine state possible.
If you do decide to hold on to your dress, you need to ensure you store it properly so it stays in perfect condition