Your Dress, After the Wedding

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?


Ms. Sloth

Wedding Date:
May 2011
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    mightywombat 5079 posts, Bee Keeper @ 8:42 pm

    Mine is being designed and made for me by a dear friend, so I don’t think I could bear to get rid of it or destroy it. I guess that leaves preservation!

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    that girl 71 posts, Worker bee @ 10:18 pm

    I’m wearing my sister’s dress, with some temporary alterations, and assume she will continue to lend it to others after me if they ask.

    Much like your self, the idea of selling it seemed like to much work and she only hung on to it originally becaue a friend of hers wanted to wear it. The friend didn’t end up doing so but lucky for me I get to.

    She is not sentimental and said I could cut it up so I could have the short dress I originally wanted, but I AM sentimental and refuse to!

    Everyone is different for things like this…even sisters:)

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    Allyn, Guest @ 9:36 am

    I am actually chopping off the bottom, dying it, and re-purposing it to a (really, really stupidly expensive) cocktail dress

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    kml21636 128 posts, Blushing bee @ 10:47 am

    I saw where someone purchased a very inexpensive dress…$30 maybe? and “trashed” that. So if you really really want the shots, you can always find a nice maxi dress or something on sale and still hang on or sell your wedding gown.

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    Miss 1Cent 168 posts, Blushing bee @ 10:27 am

    I’m definitely going to find a place to donate. The Bridal Garden in NYC takes pre-used wedding dresses, re-sells them, and proceeds go to the education of NYC children (in underprivileged areas.) I HATE trash the dress personally. I think it is a ridiculous way to ruin something for no good reason.

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    xLailax 414 posts, Helper bee @ 11:48 am

    Tough. What have you decided?
    I haven’t found my dress yet, and I’m really hoping I dont change my mind – but my plan is to get a dress that I can reuse (so its not just a wedding dress). Maybe I’ll cave.

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    Mrs. Mouse 7064 posts, Busy Beekeeper @ 2:41 pm

    Letting someone borrow your dress is the awesomest! I’m so glad Mrs. Stripes was able to get some extra mileage out of my dress! I’m all about getting as much wear out of it as possible, which is why…you’ll have to see what I’m going to do with my dress next. Ha!

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