Last month was the Mr and I’s 5th Wedding Anniversary. I have lots of little pieces of memorabilia from the day and one big space taking one, my wedding dress.
I have often toyed with the idea on what to do with it and have even started the processes of some of the ways below to get it out of the house.
It wasn’t until just recently though that I really decided what I was waiting for.
1. Get the dress adapted for another special occasion.
If your dress wasn’t overly wedding-y and it still fits (shh, no need to reveal) there is nothing stopping you from wearing it again or adapting it into a different outfit. Alternatively you might want to take it to a seamstress to get it made into a christening, naming or other special occasion dress for a little one close to you.
2. Sell it online.
Did you spend ridiculous amounts of money for the dress of your dreams and maybe looking to recoup some of the cost? Sell it! Websites such as I Do Gowns and Still White allow you to sell your preloved dress for a minimal fee for somebody else to love.
3. Create a family heirloom.
There are lots of ways to do this but keeping with the space-saving ideas Etsy have quite a few stores that specialise in turning lace from your dress into necklaces, pins and other jewellery. Some I personally think are a little naff but this one is beautiful. This idea is great if you want to have multiple gifts for grandchildren or nieces.
You could even do this in conjunction with another of the ideas listed as you need only a small part of the dress.
4. Trash it.
We have all seen the photos of women trashing their dresses in the ocean and on rocks etc. You could do that too or maybe get a little more creative. Get some fabric appropriate paints and let your kids decorate it, Angelina style. Cut it up and use it as backing in framed wedding photos. If you are extra crafty you could patch pieces into a quilt.
5. Donate it to Angel Gowns Australia.
Six families every day in Australia feel the heart-break of still birth. Angel Gowns Australia come to the aid of these families alleviating the necessary but distressing task of finding something to bury their baby in.
Angel Gowns program transforms your donated wedding dress into a gown for babies that have passed be it by still birth or illness and delivers the gowns to the families in need. The left over tulle from making the gowns does not go to waste with a program now turning it into tutus for special needs children and children suffering from a long-term or terminal illness.
You can find out more on the 100% volunteer organisation by visiting the Angel Gowns Australia website.
6. Save it to capture something like this…
This is why my subconscious continues to put off getting rid of my dress. So I can capture my daughter playing in my dress just like my mum did with me.
After that I will be revisiting one of the ideas above.
Do you still have your wedding dress?
Have you done something special with it?