What will happen to your dress after the wedding?

By on Dec. 1st

Dresses on Us

Thanks to Tribe member 2dBride for uploading this fabulous photo to the Flickr pool.

I'm making my own wedding dress… and I just don't know what I'm going to do with it afterwards. If it was going to be a shop bought dress, I wouldn't have an issue selling it, but because of the amount of work that I'd be putting into it, I think it'd feel a bit odd to sell it… but on the other hand I think it'd feel odd to just keep it boxed up somewhere.

I'm basically wondering what you will be doing with your dress after your weddings are over and done with. Keeping it? Selling it? Trashing it? Is it something you intend to wear time and time again?

-Clare

I love this question! I rounded up some of my favorite ideas, beyond just "boxing it and saving it for later."

  • Hem it and turn it into a shorter cocktail dress.
  • Dye it.
  • Donate it to a charity like Brides Against Breast Cancer.
  • Frame a piece of it, especially a section that shows off the custom work.
  • Turn it into a costume for either Halloween or Comic Con.
  • One Offbeat Bride Tribe member explained, "I'll use the fabric to make a tallis (prayer shawl) for me and for my Hub. I'll get the part with bling on it, he'll get the plain white part. There should be enough to go around. And it would be a fun (but expensive) way to have memories of the day that we could wear every sabbath."
  • Turn it into a quilt. Another Tribe member said, "I was thinking that what I'd do is cut it up with other old and special clothes (the shirt I wore the day my fiance and I started dating, and other sappy and sentimental things) and turn them all into a quilt that we could keep on our bed or I could make a small one for each child we eventually have."
  • A third Tribe member had a similar idea, "I plan on saving it and having a baby blanket made out of the material for each child that we have (hopefully two). I didn't wanna just keep it in the attic and didn't think I'd wanna part with it either so this idea hit me in the face one day as a way to (pardon the oncoming mush fest) wrap our babies in our love."
  • Make art with it. Wear it for a trash the dress, or rock the dress session, or a photo porject a la Sonya Naumann's 1000 dollar dress.
  • Turn it into art with a wedding dress painting.
  • Use it to cover your wedding album.
  • Turn it into a pillow case (this was suggested by my husband who spent our wedding night sleeping on my raw silk wedding dress — he slept like a baby.)

Now on to you guys… any more ideas on things you could do with your dress after the wedding?

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Megan Finley is the Associate Publisher for the Offbeat Empire. When she's not slaving away for the Empire, she's sharing her dork side on her own blog, Twitter @meganfinley, and Instagram @meggyfin.