Like most brides, you probably spent countless hours finding your perfect wedding dress and then made a large financial investment in it—but what should you do with it after your wedding day? If the thought of storing your dress in some dark, dusty corner of your home never to see the light again seems like a tragedy after all the effort you put in, we totally get it! That’s why we put together a list of 5 creative things to do with your wedding dress after the big day.
1. Preserve It
Preserving your wedding dress might just be the most special way to remember your perfect day. Not only will it keep your dress as beautiful as the day you wore it, but it also provides an opportunity for future use—maybe a daughter, niece, or even granddaughter will wear it one day. Luckily, our team can take care of this for you! We will ensure your dress is professionally cleaned and preserved.
2. Donate It
Donating your wedding dress is not only an environmentally friendly option, but it also helps to know your gown will be worn for someone else's special day. Knowing you’re helping someone else feel as beautiful as you did can make saying goodbye to your dress a sweeter experience.
While local nonprofits like Goodwill and Salvation Army are quick and easy, there are also unique organizations that focus specifically on wedding gown donations. Brides Across America gifts wedding gowns to military and first responders. Brides for a Cause resells your dress and donates the money to support other nonprofit organizations that help and support women. Locally, Junior League of Greenville’s “Cinderella Project” accepts donations of formal dresses and gives them to young women for formal school events.
3. Sell It
You felt like a princess in your dress and just KNOW someone else will get as much joy from it as you did, so share the love! Places like Etsy and Facebook Marketplace allow you to price and sell your dress directly to the buyer. If that sounds like a daunting task to undertake, companies like Nearly Newlywed or StillWhite will help get your dress listed, shipped, and sold all through their online resale shop.
4. Have a Post-Wedding Photoshoot
There can be a lot of pressure to have the perfect wedding day photoshoot. If you felt like this kept you from expressing your unique personality and style, a post-wedding photoshoot might be for you! It’s the perfect opportunity to experiment with bright colors, fun textures, and off-the-wall locations. Knowing you already have the perfect wedding day pictures gives you the freedom to do whatever creative, crazy idea you can think of!
5. Alter It/Dye it a New Color
While you won’t need a wedding dress again, you might have another formal event or special occasion ahead of you. By altering your wedding dress into a more casual style and/or dyeing it another color, you can completely transform your wedding dress for another occasion. A professional tailor or seamstress could help turn your dress into a new closet staple!
Whatever you decide to do with your dress after the wedding, rest assured there’s no wrong option. Pick something that is meaningful to you or gets your creative juices flowing! You spent all that time stressing over finding the perfect dress, and now it’s YOURS—so do whatever you want with it.
Think that preserving your wedding dress is the perfect option? We would love to make that happen for you! Give us a call at (864) 214-0730!