We often get the question, “What do I do with this dress now that the wedding is over?” Here are some ideas for those of you who have a new last name and beautiful (and likely DIRTY) wedding dress on your hands!
1. After spending the money and creating lasting memories in the gown, most women want to hold onto their dresses and protect them for the future. If you can envision your future daughter playing dress-up in your gown and maybe even walking down the aisle in it someday, you should consider PRESERVING your dress.
We can help you do that at Hope’s! We work with the most well-respected wedding gown preservation service in the country, a business that has provided this service since 1913! Wedding Gown Preservation Co. provides a kit which we will help you prepare and ship. In a few weeks, your gown will return perfectly cleaned, pressed, and displayed in a keepsake box.
Our brides have been extremely satisfied with the results, and highly recommend using this service. The kit (including all shipping, processing, and service) is normally priced at $199, but we offer a $30 certificate to our brides as a wedding gift. If for some reason you did not receive your certificate or lost it, we will still honor the discount if you were a Hope’s bride- just bring your gown in and we will get you set up! (You can also preserve accessories like your veil and belt with your gown. A certain number of items are accepted without an additional fee.)
2. If you are not sentimentally attached to the gown and would like to see it do some good, consider DONATING it. We like to support a number of organizations when we donate discontinued stock wedding gowns, but our current favorite cause benefits families who are grieving the loss of a baby. We currently are working with Lila’s Dresses in the Quad Cities area (https://www.facebook.com/Lilaswhitedresses) and St. Luke’s Center for Women and Children in Cedar Rapids (call (319) 369-7580). Both of these organizations redesign wedding dresses into beautiful outfits for infants who are stillborn, providing a small comfort to the families.
3. If you want the chance to use this once-in-a-lifetime dress again, consider just having a little FUN! Here are some ideas, but get creative!
- Schedule a trash the dress session, in which you take photos doing anything you would never expect to do in a wedding dress! (Go swimming? Hike a mountain? Create some wearable art?)
- Re-purpose your dress for Halloween or another costume party. Perhaps you will be a Bride of Frankenstein or dye the gown to create a whole new look!
- Schedule a girls’ night with a bridal theme! Have all your friends get decked out in their wedding dresses or old bridesmaid dresses. Share some wine and host a mini dance party at your home, or be brave and head out on the town!
- Create a tradition with your hubby. Vow to wear your wedding dress on your anniversary every year for dinner at home or a picture somewhere special!
Do you have any other ideas of what to do with your wedding dress after the wedding? Please share along with pictures!