Ways to Reuse and Preserve Your Wedding Gown

Well, the big day has come and gone and you’re officially a wife! Congratulations! One big question I am sure you have is: What the heck am I going to do with this big, expensive wedding gown? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

Here are some of our favorite ways to reuse and preserve your wedding gown:

Donate It

We love the idea of donating your dress after you have used it! Wedding gowns can be really expensive, so, fortunately, there are secondhand wedding dress stores that you can donate your dress and help another woman in need feel beautiful on her big day, just as you did! One of the places you can go to donate your dress to is The Brides Project. They are located in Toronto and have been established to help women fighting cancer and feel beautiful on their wedding day.

“Trash The Dress”

I am sure you have seen the awesome “Trash the Dress” photos that people take after their wedding day. We love this idea because it allows you to do something fun with your spouse and capture awesome photos that will last a lifetime! Trashing the dress can be anything really – from using paint to jumping in a body of water. Just make sure you are getting the first moment captured! It’s hard to go back and redo a jump in the pond in your white wedding dress!

Make it Like New!

Why not have it altered to be a short cocktail dress? This way you have a way to wear it again to a less formal occasion and who knows, depending on how big your dress was you might even be able to get two dresses out of all that tule!

Display It

Instead of keeping it locked in a closet, consider putting it on display. Maybe invest in a mannequin so it stays perfect for you to admire for years to come.

Save It To Make Something Special

Consider having it preserved so that you can use the material to make something years later. For example, when you have children or even grandchildren, consider using the material from your dress to make something for the new addition to the family! Whether a simple bib, a shirt or a gown, it will be a great way to remember your wedding day and share the sentiment with your family.