Until I got engaged and started reading wedding blogs, I had no idea that there were so many options for your wedding dress, after the wedding.
First, there’s preservation.
This is the most traditional option, and it’s a good one if you want to keep your dress, and perhaps pass it down to your future daughter. I’m not very sentimental, though, and I have no true desire to hang onto my dress after I’ve worn it.
There’s trashing the dress.
A trash-the-dress session makes for some absolutely phenomenal photos, and there’s a part of me that would love to do this. But I don’t think it’s going to happen for two reasons. First of all, I’d rather not destroy my dress. And, secondly, these photo shoots cost money—money that we won’t want to spend after paying for the wedding.
I could sell my dress.
There are tons of websites on which a bride can sell her dress. There’s good old eBay. There’s Once Wed, Pre-Owned Wedding Dresses, and of course our very own Weddingbee Classifieds. I could definitely put my dress up for sale. It was so affordable to begin with that I doubt I’d be able to get more than a couple hundred bucks for it, and it may be kind of a pain in the ass for this lazy sloth. But it’s still an appealing option.
I could give it away. Temporarily or permanently.
Mrs. Mouse lent her dress to Mrs. Stripes, which is fabulous and amazing. Meg from A Practical Wedding has organized The Sisterhood of the Traveling Dress, in which Team Practical members pass their dresses on to other readers, for free. I love the sense of community and history that goes along with a borrowed dress, not to mention how ethically and environmentally friendly the whole shebang is.
I could also donate my dress. Brides Against Breast Cancer is just one of countless organizations that accepts donated wedding gowns. They sell the gowns and then use the money to help women suffering from breast cancer. A quick Google search will bring up dozens of similar organizations.
So, yeah. That’s a lot of options. I haven’t made up my mind if I’ll sell or donate my dress, but I’ve got plenty of time to decide.
What are you planning on doing with your dress after the wedding?
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- Wedding Date:
- May 2011
- Bartram's Garden