For most brides, the wedding dress is more than just a fancy gown. When choosing a wedding dress, a woman begins the process of writing her very own fairytale in which she is the main character. It is a symbol of the love and excitement felt on the day you got married. The feelings you have for your wedding dress change with time though. Whether you are sentimental or not, deciding what to do with the gown is going to be difficult.
1. Make your wedding dress into a jewelry keepsake.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress because of its beautiful detailing? Why not turn it into a custom piece of jewelry? This is a great idea if your dress has lace or is accented with intricate beadwork. Check out the delicate pieces by jewelry designer Gabe Bratton.
2. Throw a bridal cocktail party.
Invite your married friends over for a bridal themed cocktail party. Everyone wears their wedding dresses, shares wedding stories, marriage tips, and then heads out to paint the town white. You’ll have a blast and close out the night with fun and memorable photos.
3. Save your gown for your daughter.
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It’s a very special thing to pass on your wedding dress to your daughter (or goddaughter, niece, or future daughter-in-law for that matter). My mom loves to reminisce about how she wore her mother’s wedding dress. If you can see your gown making another trip down the aisle, you’ll want to invest in a wedding gown preservation kit.
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4. Do a “Trash the Dress” photo shoot.
If you are ok with wrecking your wedding dress for the sake of an unbelievable photo, then it’s time to start planning. Snorkeling in blue waters, skydiving (if permitted), riding a motorcycle, or horseback riding are just the start of non-wedding activities that will double as great photo ops.
5. Donate your gown to support a charitable cause.
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For whatever reason, you’re no longer attached to your old wedding gown. Rather than shoving the frock in the back of the closet to collect dust, donate it to support a charitable cause. Brides Across America collects wedding dresses, veils, tiaras, and accessories to give to military brides in need. Adorned in Grace sells donated wedding dresses and proceeds are used to prevent sex trafficking and support victims.
6. Turn your gown into a cocktail dress.
Most wedding gowns are too formal for everyday. But with just a few alterations, you could have a cool, one of a kind cocktail dress. Get creative and let personal style be your guide. Check out these unique designs for inspiration.
7. Dress down the gown with a jean or leather jacket.
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You chose your wedding dress because of its simple, understated look. So understated in fact that you can get away with wearing it post ceremony. Go casual by throwing a jean jacket over a Grecian styled gown or tea length dress. For an edgy vibe, pair a long silk dress with a black leather jacket. If you just can’t see passed the white factor, have it professionally dyed in your favorite color.
8. Wear your dress as a Halloween costume.
The most obvious wedding dress inspired Halloween costume is a bride-to-be. Try stretching the imagination a little and see what you come up with. Here are some ideas. Wear sneakers and be a runaway bride, smear your makeup and be a jilted bride, or dress up as a zombie bride, the bride of Frankenstein, or Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride. The possibilities are endless and you may never have to buy a Halloween costume again!
9. Use the fabric to make a christening outfit.
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Use your dress to honor an important occasion such as a christening. This is a great DIY project if you have the skills and time. Those who don’t know their way around a sewing machine can check out the adorable designs by Fairy Godmother Creations.
10. Sell your dress.
Wedding dresses make up a big market and there’s no reason you can’t get in on the action. Websites like Preowned Wedding Dresses sell used designer dresses, bridal party gowns, and accessories. For a listing fee of $25, you sell your dress straight to the buyer with no commission charge.
11. Repurpose the dress into a sentimental item.
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There’s a bunch of special items you can create from your old wedding gown. You can make a wedding quilt, ring pillow to be used in a future wedding, or elegant handkerchiefs to give as gifts. They become family heirlooms to be passed on for generations to come.