Wearing Your Wedding Dress… After The Wedding

When you pick your wedding dress you are thinking of how beautiful you will look on your wedding day. You think about what your fiance will think when he sees you. You might think about your daughter wearing it for her wedding. But how many of you think about wearing your wedding dress again?

On New Year’s Eve my family hosted a formal dinner party and I got to wear a part of my wedding dress again! My Romonda Keveza gown is actually a top and bottom and it was such a great experience to wear it again.

Photo: Daria Bishop Photography

At one point during the evening Mr. Onion and I found ourselves alone and I smiled and said, “Does it bring you back to our wedding day to see me in the skirt?” He said, “Of course it does,” with a big grin and kissed me. It was really romantic.

Happy New Year from Mr. & Mrs. Onion!

Here we are together in front of my parents’ Christmas tree. And yes, Mr. Onion is wearing his wedding suit! We will both get a lot of wear out of our wedding attire in the years to come. Now I just have to find a skirt to wear with the top of my dress. Or perhaps jeans and my wedding shoes? Do you or your fiance or husband plan to wear any of your wedding day attire after your wedding?


Mrs. Onion

NYC/Burlington, VT
Wedding Date:
September 2007
Capturing The Essence
Negotiating Our Contract Of Love
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    gji7, Guest @ 3:20 pm

    My dress had a heavily beaded netting overlay on the skirt that I am going to take off and use for the skirt of a christening gown for our kids – that way I know that my daughter (and/or son) will wear it!

    I then think I am going to shorten the satin skirt of the wedding dress and be able to wear it about the length of yours. I guess I should also mention it is not white, so it won’t looks a lot like a wedding dress when I am done.

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    Faith, Guest @ 3:39 pm

    About a month ago, I felt like putting on my veil that night after I got home from work. So I did. When my husband came home and saw me wearing it he asked, “Um, are we getting married again?” I told him I’d spent a ridiculous amount of money on the thing, I liked it, and wanted to wear it, dammit. He took pictures of me wearing it as I watched t.v. that I later posted on my blog.

    It won’t be the last time I wear it, either. Maybe this weekend I’ll be in the mood again.

    As for the dress, I wish I could wear it again…but there’s really no way. In fact, I keep seeing other dresses that make me want to have a wedding all over again, just so I can buy them for the proper occassion! I really need to stop looking at pictures of dresses…

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    Chrissie, Guest @ 3:46 pm

    My dress was really simple, and I’m hoping to have it dyed and altered into a cocktail dress. If it works, I will wear it out to dinner for our anniversary!

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    davis2b, Guest @ 3:48 pm

    My husband wore his wedding shirt and shoes on New Years Eve, if that counts! :)

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    Kelly, Guest @ 3:54 pm

    I will! I’m in a very similar situation – actually, we have the same dress (on top, anyway!) :) I’m keeping my eyes peeled for a cute pencil skirt that I can dress it up with. I can’t wait! The bottom is floor-length though, so I think I’m out of luck there. Regardless, I’m very excited to wear the top again! I’m thinking on our anniversary, maybe..

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    mrshansta, Guest @ 3:58 pm

    I was planning to wear my wedding dress (it’s a monique lhuillier sheath) again. Unfortunately, I’m not that little anymore! Not that I have gained alot of weight after the wedding, but the stress, lack of sleep, and running around during my pre-wedding days melted the pounds away! I can’t fit into my dress anymore, and I don’t know if Ill ever be that little ever again…sigh. Since we had a destination wedding, DH has reworn his brown linen suit during our beach vacations!! And we were married almost 6 months ago!! sigh again!

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    jilian 835 posts, Busy bee @ 4:39 pm

    I was really tempted to wear mine on Halloween to go with my bride of Frankenstein hair/makeup! I wasn’t exactly sure what the party was going to be like that we went to though. In retrospect I wish I’d have worn it! It’s not like I’ve gotten it cleaned yet anyways :) (Even though it’s been 8 months)

    Also my husband was pretty bummed we didn’t get to ‘do it’ while I was in my dress. We both had to change before we left for our hotel – since it was 90 minutes away and we were flying out early the next morning. I’m planning to surprise him by putting it on one night so we can play before I send it away to be cleaned :) Maybe I’ll do that as our little two year (of dating – even though I guess that anniversary doesn’t count anymore) anniversary celebration this month.

    I doubt it will get much normal wear – but I will definitely be putting it on just to spin around and look in the mirror over the years! Maybe I’ll be the bride of Frankenstein every year for Halloween – it’d be great if I was just answering the door – but we don’t get any trick or treaters :(

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    Sarah, Guest @ 1:22 pm

    I just ran a New Year’s Eve costumed race in it! Bustled, of course.

    Sample conversations:

    Stranger 1: Where did you find a bridal gown?
    Me: In the closet.

    Stranger 2: Is that a real bridal gown?
    Me: Uh, yeah. It’s mine, actually, from this summer.
    Stranger 2, horrified: Oh my god!!! Why aren’t you having it preserved?!!
    Me: What for?
    Stranger 2: Uh…well…because.
    Me: I went mini-golfing in it, too.
    Stranger 2: *horror/disgust*
    Me: The veil flew off into a water hazard.
    Stranger 2: *more horror/disgust* *grab young impressionable daughter and hurry away*

    There were three women running as a team, all with the same bridesmaids’ gowns, and we got our picture taken together, spawning this one:

    Stranger 3: Is that your wedding gown?
    Me: Yep.
    Stranger 3: And are those your bridesmaids?
    Me: Nope. Never seen them before in my life.
    Stranger 3: No, really.
    Me: Really.

    I think next year the groom gets to wear it for Halloween. I’m pretty sure it’d fit him.

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    alexinwonderland, Guest @ 3:52 pm

    Mrs. Onion- You look like my mom on her wedding day! My parent’s marriage was a second for both of them, so my mom went with a white satin skirt (only full length) and a black velvet top (only long sleeved). They got married around Thanksgiving. I’ll have to show her this photo. She’ll love it! Ps: You look stunning!

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    onion 711 posts, Busy bee @ 6:18 pm

    I’m so glad to hear so many other stories and to know I’m not the only one to wear their dress again!

    gji7 — how special to use your dress for your children that way!

    faith — love that you just hung out in your veil! that’s classic.

    chrissie — i love the idea of an anniversary dinner in your dress. i couldn’t bring myself to dye my dress but i love this idea — maybe i’ll wear my top and find a skirt for our 1 year anniversary. bring back a little romance :)

    davis2be — sure that counts! mr. onion wore his suit and shoes (with a different shirt).

    kelly — dress top twin! hooray. i LOVE the pencil skirt idea. let me know what you find. i have a black lace pencil skirt — i wonder what that would look like. perhaps i’ll blog about that with pictures later.

    mrshansta — it’s OK — you can always have it altered later or just remember it (like most brides do) as perfect in your memory of one special day.

    jilian –i love the idea of wearing it to answer the door on halloween!

    sarah –i seriously almost cried i was laughing so hard reading your re-cap of the reactions you got. GOOD FOR YOU!

    alexinwonderland — i’d LOVE to see a photo of your mom in her dress. feel free to email me at onion at weddingbee dot com if you’d like to share!! what a classy 2nd wedding look.

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    the eyelasher, Guest @ 12:23 am

    Hello Ladies,
    I absolutely ADORE that you all wore your dresses again. If it’s the most important dress in your life, why not let it be apart of your life? It just seems kind of depressing to let your beautiful dress mold in the back of the closet when you could dye it, alter it, chop it up and make something new out of it, etc. Keep it alive by making it useful!
    I hand painted peacock feathers all over the hem of my wedding dress for a reception party we had weeks after our wedding. I plan on dip dying the hem next and then maybe just wear it out on a dates with my husband. I have a feeling all those beautiful memories in the reinvented dress should make for a pretty romantic date.
    And anyway, if Ginger Rogers could wear floor length gowns out every evening, why shouldn’t the rest of us?
    Best wishes,

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    nikki, Guest @ 5:16 pm

    i am so lucky to be a performer…i will be cutting the skirt part and making a short frilly dress to sing in!! :) xo

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    Short Dress Brides » Weddingbee » The Wedding Blog, Guest @ 11:36 am

    […] She’s worn the top and petticoat again already and hopes to wear all the separate pieces often (a girl after my own heart)! Photos are by Therese […]

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