What to do with the dress?

What did you do (or are planning to do) with your wedding dress after you the wedding?

We have so little space in the closet so I'm tempted to try to sell it. Though in the past I've had to throw out some memorabilia from my childhood because I didn't have a place to store it, but now I really regret it.
Posted on December 1, 2007 at 11:51 am
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champagnecholly
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I'm having whatever dress I choose shortened into a summer cocktail dress. I know my potential daughter will probably never want to wear it so I may as well get a few more miles.
Posted on December 1, 2007 at 1:17 pm
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I'm on the fence to Margaret. It's hard to imagine selling it after all of the blood, sweat and tears that went into finding it.

I like the idea of having it to show to my daughter (if I have one) at least. It was pretty cool to get my mom's dress out of the box and play around with it once I started the process. But then there are also no guarantees that you will even have a daughter. I'm looking into using a piece of my mother's dress to make a patch for mine. I'm not 100% on this, but it's what I would like to do.


Your dress is gorgeous and desired. I think you could easily sell it.

Anyway...just some thoughts.
Posted on December 2, 2007 at 3:30 am
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I really don't know what to do with it - it's really expensive and I don't wanna just sell it... maybe I'll keep it for my daughter, if she wants to use it.. (I have a 12 year old)... I was talking to my mum today about HER dress, my parents married 40 years ago and she kept her dress. But unfortunately it got stained during storage, so my sister and I used it when we were playing... Finally I got to use part of it when my mum made my prom dress - and it looked really beautiful!

I also asked her for the price...she paid $58 for it in 1967 ;)
Posted on December 2, 2007 at 4:54 am
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While I love my dress, I simply can't see myself saving it. I was lucky enough to find mine on eBay for a much better price. I'd love to give another bride the opportunity to afford it. Plus, if I were to sell it, it would help me pay all the bills that comes with a wedding!

Can you tell I'm not that sentimental? hehe
Posted on December 2, 2007 at 6:57 am
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In the olden days, brides used to wear their wedding dresses on their first anniversary. We're already planning to have an anniversary party (it'll also be FH's 40th birthday) and I was thinking of wearing my dress. It's an evening dress anyway, so I don't think it would be odd. I really haven't heard of anyone doing that, but I kind of like the idea. I love my dress so much - I don't want to pack it away and never wear it again...
Posted on December 2, 2007 at 10:00 am
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I sold mine immediately after the wedding (after having it cleaned of course). It was good to get it out of the house and to get some money back in. I tried it on so many times before the wedding that I was sure I wouldn't try it on again afterwards...No regrets, after all, I got to keep the husband and that was the point of the wedding :-)
Posted on December 2, 2007 at 3:52 pm
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Margaret, good question!!
I have been wondering this myself! So, it's three months after the wedding and I feel like I want to sell it. I really don't have a place for it... and it's one of those things were I almost feel like it is sad to have this beautiful dress in the closet where it will basically never see the light of day again! Plus, I feel like I'll feel better having sold it, because it was a splurge in the first place. But... Even though I'm not particularly sentimental, I'm really wondering if I won't regret this later.
Posted on December 5, 2007 at 12:13 pm
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It has been 5 months since our wedding. I sent it off in August to have it cleaned and preserved at National Gown Cleaners. Now I am having second thoughts about keeping the dress. Like many others have said, what guarantees are there that you will have a daughter and secondly, what if her body shape/size is much different??

Looks like I won't see my gown back until April. That is how long the process takes at National Gown Cleaners. I guess I will have that much time to think about it. Like tahoegirl said, I wonder if I won't regret it later if I sell it. Hmmm....
Posted on December 5, 2007 at 1:35 pm
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I love my gown and I loved the way I felt in it, so I've decided to keep mine.

I did think about selling it, but it's questionable whether the tire dust on the skirt will come out (I just sent it to be cleaned), and even if it does, selling it would be a bigger headache than it's worth for me. It's a fairly popular style that's been around for a while, and I'd be lucky to make back much more than the cost of cleaning the dress. So I might as well keep it for the memories!
Posted on December 5, 2007 at 7:51 pm
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Like ac2368, I'm shortening my dress to make into a cocktail dress. With all these holiday parties coming up I'll have a lot of opportunities to wear it!
Posted on December 6, 2007 at 5:26 am
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If you want to do something really special with your dress, you can donate your dress to the Making Memories Breast Cancer Foundation (www.makingmemories.org). It's tax deductible, will help raise money for the organization, and will help to make a future bride who can't afford a dress at retail very happy!

From the Making Memories website, you can follow their link to Brides Agaist Breast Cancer (or click here www.bridesagainstbreastcancer.org) for more information.
Posted on January 17, 2008 at 6:25 am
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I am keeping mine. I put way too much blood, sweat and tears trying to find THE ONE.

I am going to maybe dye it black by a professional, remove the flower and replace it with a brooch and possibly use it to wear to black tie affairs.

Since it is not the typical style of a bridal gown, I believe I can get away with it.
Posted on January 17, 2008 at 6:32 am
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I am keeping mine, I love it too much to sell it or give away...
Posted on January 17, 2008 at 8:39 am
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I love my dress and I don't think I could sell it. I am hoping my daughter will wear it one day or something. :)
Posted on January 17, 2008 at 8:52 am
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I had my gown preserved at www.wedclean.com It came in a beautiful box, with a window showcasing my dress. I store it under my bed. I just couldn't bring myself to selling it.
Posted on January 19, 2008 at 9:52 am
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I was going to do a trash the dress photoshoot you can get all sort of great photos of playing in the ocean with your hubby,on the city streets,at a boardwalk on rides,laying on the beach,ice skating...but then I bought a dress that cost more then some peoples cars....lol.they do really look cute though maybe it is something you would want to google and see what you thing :)
Posted on January 19, 2008 at 10:39 am

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