Picture this: You’re back home from your honeymoon, the gifts have been opened, thank you notes have been written and mailed. It’s time to settle back into normal, everyday life after the whirlwind of planning the most joyous day of your life. You walk into your bedroom, look in the closet at your wedding gown and think to yourself, “Well, now what? The wedding is over and I’ll probably never wear this again. Should I keep my wedding dress or get rid of it?”

This is a decision many brides struggle with. After spending months searching for THE perfect wedding dress and spending a small fortune on it, many brides feel very attached to their wedding gown, and prefer to keep it. Should you choose to keep it, preserving your gown is a great idea to prevent damage to the gown from exposure to the elements, dust, water, insects, etc. There are many companies that will preserve your wedding gown for you, like Wedding Gown Preservation Co. In fact, we offer cleaning and preservation in our bridal stores through the WGPC because of their strong reputation and 100 year guarantee.

Some brides choose to resell or give away their wedding gowns. By reselling it, you may recoup some or most of the initial cost of the gown. This may not be as easy as it sounds, as many brides may not be too enthusiastic about wearing a gown that has been worn and altered by someone else on their wedding day. By giving it away, you have likely helped another bride actualize her dream wedding for free! I mean, who doesn’t love a good old fashioned, tear –jerking, pay it forward moment?

But if neither of those options seem right to you, and you don’t have the physical space to store it, even in a preservation box, you may benefit from upcycling, or repurposing your bridal gown. This is a great way to keep a tangible memory of your wedding day that actually serves a purpose, and isn’t sitting in your closet/attic/basement/garage taking up valuable storage space and collecting dust. Here are 10 ways to upcycle your wedding dress and turn it into something useful!

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Make a Cocktail Dress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Make Baby/Children’s Clothes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Make Christmas Decorations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Make Home Décor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Make a “Something Borrowed” For Another Bride to Be

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Make a Tote or Clutch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Make a Bassinet Bed Skirt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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10 Ways to Upcycle Your Wedding Dress