Dress and other things to do with your wedding gown
after the big day
Cram Brisbane Marriage Celebrant
| Wedding Attire |
wedding day has been and gone. And now you have that
lovely dress hanging in your closet. What to do with it?
1. Trash the Dress
At the moment it is fashionable, and quite fun, to
schedule a post-wedding photo session in which you trash
the dress - get wet, get down and dirty, whatever the
child within wants to do to experience the dress in a
very different way. The time of the year, the options
available, and what would be authentic to you will all
drive the decision as to
a. you want to go down this route and
b. how and where you're going to do it.
One word of caution:
Any lifesaver will tell you
that having a lot of wet fabric on your body could be
extremely hazardous if you are out of your depth. To put
it bluntly. Clothing increases the risk of drowning. So,
whether you are going to immerse yourself in a swimming
pool, a river, a lake, a dam, or the sea, make sure that
you don't get out of your depth and that there are
several people with you whose only job is to keep an eye
on you and be ready to jump in and pull you out if
necessary. Rolling around in mud, or involving yourself
in a paintball game are other possibilities. You'll get
just as wet, but in a different way.
2. Sell it
Make someone else's day by helping her have the
dress of her dreams within the budget she can afford.
There are plenty of avenues for advertising used wedding
dresses, or you can hand it over to a consignment store
to sell on your behalf.
3. Donate it
Give it to Angel
, the charity that specialises in
supplying Angel Gown garments to hospitals, funeral
homes, and families that have sadly had a baby pass
away. Through its Tutu Program, it also uses salvaged
tulle from the Angel Gown Program to make tutu skirts
for gifting to children suffering from a long term
illness or undergoing ongoing medical procedures or
Various charities that run op shops have a shop
specialising in all things wedding, or a wedding dress
section in selected stores. The profit from the
sale of your dress will go to support the charity that
runs the shop.
4. Wear it again
If you've chosen a tea-length dress, more of a
cocktail style, or a dress without a train, you should
be able to wear it again, perhaps with different, more
colourful accessories, for all sorts of different
occasions. It could even become your LWD (little white
dress)! Each time you wear it you will trigger
memories of romance of the day.
on wearing it again is to wear it for milestone photos -
every anniversary, for example.
5. Save it and have fun with it years later.
Wear it to a fancy-dress party, on Halloween with
corpse bride makeup, or just when you want to do
something surprising - like serving breakfast wearing it,
or turning up to vote.
6. Alter, Adjust, and Give it a New Life
I had the sleeves and train of my wedding
dress removed. I added different coloured sashes or
belts and wore the dress to a number of balls. The train
was carefully preserved and later made into a
christening gown. And eventually, I handed it on to a
friend who gave it a new life in a drag show.
your dress can be altered depends on the style. Find a
skilled dressmaker and explore the options. Lift the
hemline, add, remove, or change sleeves, change the
bodice. The possibilities are endless
7. Hand it down
If you're sentimental, you might think of
preserving your dress to hand down to another bride.
Perhaps your daughter? This can be a lovely thing, but
remember fashions (and tastes) change. But if you are
open-minded about your dress being altered, or cut apart
to be used in a different way as a feature or
embellishment on what is essentially a new dress, it can
work. Write a note (on acid-free paper) to attach to the
box, so your intentions are clear.
8. Add it to the dressing-up box
Allowing your children to play dress-ups with
your dress makes for the sweetest photo ops and the best
memories for both you and them.
9. Save it for a special occasion - like your 25th
or 50th wedding anniversary renewal of vows
There is nothing lovelier than a renewal of
vows where the bride is wearing her original wedding
gown. But let's face it, bodies change over the years,
so alterations might be needed, or a new dress created
from the old one. Even if the dress changes, the fact
that it is the same fabric you wore on your wedding day,
preserves the romance and the sentiment.
Thanks for reading!