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5 Things to Do With Your Wedding Dress After the Wedding

April 8th, 2013 by Jeannine

5 Things to Do With Your Wedding Dress After the Wedding

You only wear your wedding dress once and if you’re wondering what to do with it after, I’ve got a few ideas…

  1. Sell it – Get some money back on your investment by selling privately or consigning it… but there are pros and cons to both. Selling privately may take a long time and you have to do all the work including posting the ads and setting up fitting appointments, but you may sell it for more than consignment stores can because no one else will be getting a cut. If you choose to consign, your dress will be in a store where there will be more traffic going through, as well as online if they have a website. There may be more exposure but you won’t be getting the full sale price. A great place to consign your wedding dress is at the annual Original Bridal Swap, it’s always a big event and attracts a lot of frugal brides looking to save on dresses. Some sites you can consider selling are Craigslist, Kijiji, and Smartbride Boutique.
  2. Donate it – If you can’t seem to sell your wedding dress, why not donate it to a bride-to-be who’s in need? You’ll feel good about your decision and at the same time make closet space. You can donate your dresses to Big Brothers of Vancouver, The Cinderella Project will accept bridesmaid dresses (as long as they are suitable for proms), or you can send your dress to The Bride’s Project in Toronto, their dress sales benefit cancer charities.
  3. Trash it – Ever heard of Trash the Dress photoshoots? This is your chance to wear your wedding dress again and do some outrageous things with it. Get it wet in the water, frolic on the beach, get muddy, or splatter paint all over it. Have fun and get some memorable photos out of it too… just remember you’ll have to pay for the cost of cleaning afterwards so keep that in mind!
  4. Store it – Professional wedding gown preservation can put you on the hook for a few hundred dollars but The Knot has a DIY solution you can do at home: “If your bank account is dry as a desert post-wedding it is possible to preserve it at home, though it won’t be perfect and may retain stains. For storage, professionals recommend wrapping the gown in a white sheet or pre-washed unbleached muslin, and then placing it in a sturdy box under your bed. That way, if you decide to preserve your gown down the road, it will be right there waiting for you.” One consistent tip I keep reading is to not store your dress in plastic. Its chemicals may stain or scent your fabric over time, and also traps moisture in to promote mildew.
  5. Alter it – If it works with your dress, have it altered shorter so you can wear it again another time… get a new cocktail dress out of it!

What did I do with my wedding dress? I tried selling it half-heartedly but nobody wanted it, which is kind of a blessing since I changed my mind and wanted to keep it :) Right now it’s hanging in my mom’s closet (thanks Mom).

Feature photo courtesy Vancity Bride – taken at Clara Couture.

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  • August 27th, 2013 at 12:20 am
    Sandra says:

    I’ve heard of Bride’s taking their dress to a quilt-maker after the wedding! You can get a beautiful bedspread and have a long lasting practical use out of your beloved dress!

  • December 22nd, 2015 at 12:27 pm
    Leanne says:

    Where should you go to get your dress professionally preserved in Vancouver?

    • December 22nd, 2015 at 12:32 pm
      Jeannine says:

      Hi Leanne

      Fine drycleaning shops can probably do it for you, or perhaps your local drycleaner. You can try Tuesdays Fine Drycleaning (http://www.tuesdaysdrycleaners.com/restoration.htm) or check yelp for “Best Wedding Dress Cleaning” to see more options. Good luck!


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