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What To Do With Your Wedding Dress After Your Big Day!

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If you are like many brides you spend a long time looking at wedding dresses and trying them on until you find the PERFECT one. Your big day comes and you spend many amazing hours in it. After your honeymoon, you start getting back into the groove of everyday life, work, and a million other things you have to do. You soon realize that you have no clue what to do with your wedding dress. Maybe you’ve already decided that you want to preserve it or that you are going to pass it on to someone else. Then again, maybe it’s just taking up a lot of precious closet space until you figure something out. Here are some great ideas of things you can do with your wedding dress after your big day. Brides blue dress hanging from modern orange lamp in Atlanta hotel

KEEP IT

Obviously keeping your wedding dress forever, or at least until you try to pass it down to your daughter or someone else special in your life seems like the most logical thing to do. After all, this was the dress you married the love of your life in and probably spent a lot of money on. This choice traditionally is popular with many brides, but can also be very expensive. If you decide to go this route, be sure to have it properly preserved. Putting it in a garment bag and shoving it in you closet is not proper. You’ll want to take it to a cleaner who specializes in preservation. Then you’ll need to have it professionally packed or do it yourself, but it should be done in a way that protects the dress from light, dust, and insects. If you decide to do it yourself, you can purchase the proper “museum grade” materials online. This all seems like a lot of work and will cost hundreds and even thousands of dollars depending on the style and material of your wedding dress. What’s the point of keeping your dress if it’s going to be ruined because it wasn’t preserved correctly to begin with? Bride in bathroom looking at her wedding dress hanging from door at Atlanta wedding

SELL IT

Pretty much every bride can agree, wedding dresses are expensive! Maybe you are thinking about selling it. Not a bad idea considering styles of dresses change quickly and most wedding dresses will never be passed down to daughters. Did you want to wear your mom’s wedding dress? Of course, a few might become vintage and demand high dollars many years from now. Then again, you can always sell it now while you know for sure it’s still in style and you may earn some decent bucks. You could take it to a wedding dress shop that offers consignment, sell it online at places like eBay or Craigslist, maybe a yard sale, or one of many other ways available. There are even online marketplaces such as Once Wed that specialize in selling used wedding dresses!  Brides wedding dress hanging from 10th floor balcony in Atlanta hotel with tons of light ropes hanging from ceiling

DONATE IT

So maybe you are not worried about cashing in or feel there are many deserving people that could use your beautiful wedding dress. You can always donate it! There are a number of great organizations that will happily accept your donation and you can even use it as a charitable tax write-off, so it’s a win-win. Here are a few to consider. Adorned in Grace sells donated wedding dresses and the proceeds go to supporting and providing safe shelter to sex traffic victims on the US West Coast. Brides Across America helps military brides who can not afford a wedding dress get a beautiful one just like yours!  Wish Upon A Wedding works closely with Brides For A Cause to help couples facing terminal illnesses get the wedding of their dreams. I have personally donated services for Wish Upon A Wedding and they are a great organization. Brides Against Breast Cancer is another great charity organization to consider. Feel free to do a Google search. I’m sure you will find a great charity that fits perfectly for you! Brides wedding dress spotlit at the end of dark hallway at Atlanta wedding

RECREATE IT

Maybe you are the crafty type or just love repurposing things. Why not do the same with your wedding dress? I read a story a few months ago about a woman who took her wedding dress and husband’s tux and made a blanket out of. How she did it, I have no clue, but there are tons of crafty ideas like that you could do. Maybe you could dye it and wear it out, use it for a costume, make a lamp shade, or use it to catch fish. You can probably find a million ideas of things you could do with your wedding dress on Pinterest. The crafty world is yours! Groom shooting orange paintballs at bride running away wearing white wedding dress in Atlanta

TRASH IT

A very popular option these days is to trash it. Trash The Dress sessions have been around for awhile, but they seem to be getting more and more popular. There are tons of great ways you can trash it like water, fire, paint, scissors, mud, or anything else you can think of. This is a great way to create even more amazing photos you’ll love to display in your home! Best of all, depending on how you decide to trash it, you can still donate it! Many charities will take your trashed dress, clean them and/or use the material for other dresses. Also, many of my clients actually buy a separate cheaper wedding dress just for their trash the dress session. This way they can have the experience and still preserve or donate their wedding dress!   Bride and groom in Puerto Rico ocean wearing wedding dress at sunset

Now that you have some ideas, pick something, anything, to do with your wedding dress. Don’t just let your dress go to waste and end up being destroyed from sitting in a box or closet somewhere. The sooner you hop on it, the quicker it will be taken care of, and the less chance you will forget.

If you like these tips you can find other wedding planning tips on my blog at Tips For Clients. If you have a topic you would like to see covered, please let me know! :D

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My name is Matt Druin and I’m an Atlanta wedding photographer that specializes in unique, offbeat weddings for all awesome people! Not only do I shoot amazing Atlanta weddings, but I also travel frequently for destination weddings, and weddings all over, with no travel fees in the US for amazing wedding photography. I also shoot Atlanta engagement sessions for newly engaged couples. I’ve even been known to travel, and far, for engagement sessions too!

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    • AmyFebruary 23, 2014 - 11:29 pm

      Great write up. Mine has been sitting in a box for 8 months. Time to take action! LolReplyCancel

    • BrandyFebruary 23, 2014 - 11:29 pm

      Ha! I forgot about mine too!ReplyCancel

    • Mrs.TabbOctober 3, 2014 - 5:09 pm

      Thanks for the tips. Now that I’m back to normal I’ve been trying to think of what I could with my dress beside just hang it on the door and look. I’m considering having either a bridal or trash the dress session. I’ll keep you posted ReplyCancel

      • Matthew DruinOctober 3, 2014 - 5:49 pm

        Awesome! Either way, it has to be epic! I have a great idea if you don’t have any yet.ReplyCancel