The journey to find your perfect dress takes a lot of time, effort, and money, so what can you do with your wedding dress after the wedding?
Your wedding dress is one of the most important elements of your wedding, especially since it’s not easy to find the right dress. The perfect dress makes a bride feel amazing during her big day. That’s why it’s such a waste if you just pack it in a box and store it after the wedding.
If you’re wondering what you can do with your bridal gown after the ceremony, here are some ideas that might help:
What to do with your wedding dress after the wedding
Tip 1. Alter it and wear it again
Good quality wedding dresses aren’t cheap, so choose a style that you can wear again, repurpose, or hand down.
Think beyond your wedding day so that your money doesn’t go to waste.
In ‘10 Top Tips for Your First Wedding Dress Appointment’ we emphasised that you should take your time and not rush the decision. Start looking for a dress around nine months before your wedding to give you plenty of time for any alterations once the dress arrives.
The key is to look for a style that is both timeless and versatile. Or, as the old saying goes: something you can shorten and wear again.
Take it from Keira Knightley and Liberty Ross, who both wore their wedding dresses again. Ross wore it when she hit the 2016 Oscars after-parties, while Knightley wore her dress several times with different jackets and accessories.
Tip 2. Make accessories from it
It all depends on the fabric of your wedding dress, but you could turn part of it into a tote bag, a pouch, or even a throw pillow.
If you’re planning on having children, you can also save some of the lace, detailing, and beadwork and add it to your baby’s pillow or christening gown. Other significant parts of your wedding dress can be turned into a pendant, while some of the bodice or lower parts can be turned into a garter for your daughter’s wedding.
Tip 3. Turn it into a family heirloom
You can hang on to your dress and give it to your daughter on her wedding day or pass it on to other family members, especially if the design still fits with the changing times. Although tastes and styles change over time, vintage styles are always coming back into fashion.
Tip 4. Make other clothes out of it
If you don’t want to wear the dress again, or have no one suitable to pass it on to, you can simply take your favourite parts and turn them into different pieces of clothing. Get creative: dye the bottom part and turn it into a skirt, or take the top part and turn it into a pretty blouse, camisole or piece of lingerie.
Depending on the fabric of your gown, you can even turn it into a pair of shorts if you’re feeling really creative.
Tip 5. Donate it to charity
It never pays to let great clothes go to waste, which is why many charity shops now have a dedicated wedding section to give wedding dresses a second life. You could also donate it to a dedicated wedding charity such as Gift of a Wedding to enable someone else to have the dress of their dreams.
While it may seem difficult to part with the dress, consider if you will ever wear it again or even dig it out of the wardrobe. A lot of dresses simply get forgotten when they could be cherished by someone else.
What will you do with your wedding dress after the wedding?
There are so many options for creative things to do with your wedding dress after the wedding.
No matter what you choose, it’s certainly better than allowing it to gather dust at the back of your closet.
Though it may take on a different form or be passed on to another person, you’ll still be able to remember it fondly all the same.
Article exclusively written for Fross Wedding Collections by Joanna Clarice