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Monday, October 13, 2008

The Dress...After the Wedding

Last week (October 8th) Melissa posted a video where...well, there was a bit of an accident (and if you missed it you have to go back and look). Let's just say that the wedding dress was probably never the same after that.

Which sent me off on a tangent, thinking about the lives of wedding dresses. What do people do with them after the wedding? Having rented mine, I just took it back to the shop. Lots of people obviously have them cleaned and heirloomed and store them, maybe even pass them on to another family member. But what about the people who don't want to go that route? What are some other options?

You could donate the dress to this charitable organization:

Other suggestions I came across consisted of more drastic (although useful and sometimes loving) ideas, such as cutting the dress up into squares to make a quilt or making the dress into a christening gown. One woman used the fabric to sew baby outfits for a local hospital. Another had a seamstress make teddy bears out of her dress and gave one to each of her grandchildren with a personalized message on each one.

Many of you may have already heard of Trash the Dress . Brides hire photographers to take photos of them in their dresses as they destroy them in unique ways (the site is a bit difficult to navigate, but if you click on the Archives and move to different dates on the calendar--in blue--you can see some of the handiwork). Some of the photos are gorgeous and striking.

My personal favorite is the photographer who is the photographer who took the thousand dollar dress her mother had given her and went out on the road to photograph 1,000 women with the dress. Thousand Dollar Dress is a fascinating site with a unique story and some gorgeous photographs.

So, what did you do with your wedding dress (or what would you do if you had that choice to make)?

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Blogger Amy said...

I donated my dress to a charity shop that specifically carried formal wear (like wedding and prom dresses).

October 13, 2008 at 10:20 AM  
Anonymous Perfectweddingdressfinder said...

There are other charitable organizations that you can donate your wedding dress to like Bridal Garden and others listed on this web page wedding dress donation

October 13, 2008 at 11:58 AM  
Blogger Brandy said...

I rented my dress, but love the idea of charity shops or remaking the gown for family in some way.

October 13, 2008 at 2:12 PM  
Blogger Linda Goodnight said...

OOh, I love the idea of donating the dress to charity too. My d-i-l stored hers in one of those hermetically sealed boxes.

Linda g

October 14, 2008 at 8:35 AM  

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