What to do with your wedding dress after the big day

20 Nov 2019

Put your wedding dress to good use post-wedding by taking a look at these five ideas

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The time, effort and indeed expense that goes into finding the wedding dress of your dreams will increase the sentimental value attached to it. While you'll love wearing it on your wedding day, you will inevitably feel sad when you take it off - coupled with the realisation that, after all your months or years of planning, your wedding is over. 

Getting your wedding dress professionally dry-cleaned after the big day will ensure that stains and dirt don't have much time to set in, allowing your dress to be restored to its former glory. However, once it has been cleaned and put back in a keepsake box, what will you do with it then? 

Don't let your wedding dress gather dust and go forgotten about; there are many uses for your gown which you might not have thought of. Take a look at these five suggestions and make a plan for your wedding dress before the big day. 

1. Sell it

If you want to make a post-wedding profit and won't be devastated to see your dress go to someone else, consider selling it. You could use Facebook MarketplaceeBay or Sell My Wedding to list your dress. 

Set a price or state that you're open to offers. Add plenty of pictures to the listing including some of you wearing it so prospective buyers can get a better idea of the fit, and detail as much information as possible. Make sure you're clear about the condition of the dress and any damage from wear.

You may even want to offer buyers the option to view and try on the dress in person before buying, however don't disclose your address within the listing and instead ask buyers to contact you directly. 

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2. Donate it

Consider donating your dress to a worthy cause. Ask at local charity shops whether they accept wedding dresses, or take a look at websites such as Brides Do Good which is a charity centred on ending child marriage that accepts dress donations.

Not only will you be giving someone the gift of a pre-loved bridal gown for a fraction of the price you paid but you'll also be doing a good deed by raising funds for charity... and there's no better feeling than that. 

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3. Convert it

Have a seamstress or dressmaker transform your wedding dress into an evening gown or Christening gown for a younger relative. By converting your wedding dress, you'll not only get to see your wedding dress worn again but it will bring back all your wonderful wedding memories each time you wear it or see it worn. 

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4. Reuse it

You could keep your wedding dress as it is if you plan to renew your vows a few years down the line. You could even retain it as an option for another female relative's wedding. 

Store it correctly in a dry and dark area within your house, ensuring that once it has been professionally dry-cleaned it is packaged correctly in a box with pH neutral tissue paper to prevent discolouration. You may want to take it out of the box every few months and leave it to hang for a few days to aerate it and allow any creases to fall out. Speak to your dry-cleaner or bridal boutique for their expert advice. 

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Image: Thomas William via Unsplash

5. Frame it 

Turn your wedding dress into a work of art by having it framed and admire it every day. Display it in a communal area in your house or confine it to a more private space such as a bedroom or dressing room. There are many companies across the country which offer this service, although they may be hard to track down so ask among your friends, your bridal boutique or another wedding supplier if they know of anyone or search businesses on Google or social media.

The Beautiful Frame Company is one such business, started by a mother and daughter team in 2015. Based in West Sussex, they make bespoke frames to suit your size and style of dress, finished with museum grade UV protective glass to prevent yellowing over time. 

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Image: The Beautiful Frame Company

What did you do with your wedding dress after the big day? We'd love to hear from you. Email sarah.harris@archant.co.uk

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