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After the wedding is over both a bride and a bridesmaid are left with the  arduous task of figuring out what to do with that dress. It takes up a lot of room in the closet and your mother won’t stop nagging you about it – and the thank you notes – and do you know how to properly care for your new Calphalon pots, and do you want her chicken chili crock pot recipe, etc.

So long story short – you have a lot on your mind.  Here are few options to help inspire you after the fact or help you plan ahead.

  • You can preserve your dress.  If you want to preserve your dress for sentimental reasons you can have your dress professionally cleaned and sealed. Make sure you or someone you trust has a safe place and room (they are often big boxes) to store the sealed dress.

If you are a bride and the dress was either ruined at the wedding (thanks to your friend doing the running man with a full glass of red wine) or it does not hold sentimental value to you – there are still a lot of great things to do with that dress.

  • You can donate your dress.  Bridesmaids dresses can be donated to The Cinderella Project  which is an organization that provides dresses for formals and proms to girls who might not otherwise be able to afford the event. Brides can donate their dresses to local charity thrift stores or Goodwill. One creative blogger put her dress on her blog and donated it to the person who wrote back with the best reason for wanting it.  The winning recipient wanted to gift the dress to her daughter as she would never be able to afford to buy her one.
  • You can sell or consign your dresses. If your dress has a designer label and is in excellent condition you can probably sell the dress.  You could take the dress to a consignment store or try to sell it yourself on Ebay or Craigslist.
  • Schedule a ‘Trash the Dress’ shoot with your photographer.  This is an opportunity to have some really fun bridal portraits made without having to worry about getting anything on your dress.

  • You can make or have beautiful keepsakes made for you.  If you think of your bridal gown or bridesmaids dress in terms of yardage – you usually have at least a yard of nice satin or silk fabric.  For bridal gowns you can create an instant heirloom by having a christening gown or baby blanket made from your dress.  Bridesmaids you can have pillows made.  Imagine Becky’s surprise the next time she comes over.

“Samantha – I just luh-ove these pillows!”

“Thanks Becky – I made them from the bridesmaids dress you said I’d be able to wear again.”

We kid!  But seriously – have you worn any of your bridesmaids dresses again?  What creative reuses for wedding gowns and bridesmaids dresses have you heard of?

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