The day after…wedding dress discussion


You’ve scoured the world for the perfect wedding dress to wear walking down the aisle towards your future and family.  The dress speaks to you personally, it hugs your body in all the right places and most of all, it’s the look in his eyes seeing you in this beautiful gown that makes you blush.  But have you thought about what you’ll do after you say “I do?” 

Brides usually don’t think about the day after their wedding.  Most of the time, after the wedding you wake up and noticed this beautiful gown you have been dying to wear is lying on the floor in a heap of fabric next to your Jimmy Choos.  So what do you do with a gown after the main event? 

I have brides contacting me after their honeymoon for answers and I’m going to share them with you today.  Some brides are sentimental and want to keep their gown to possibly pass it down to their daughters or family member.  If you decide to go this route there are a few things you should know.  You must find a dry cleaner which specialized in preserving bridal gowns.  You can find these dry cleaners online at the www.bridalgownspecialists.com.  These dry cleaners specialize in spot cleaning stains or impurities your gown may have picked up.  Once it is cleaned it should be well preserved in bridal gown box.  If preserved correctly your gown should look the same even 20 years from now.  Since each gown has different fabric (taffeta, satin, silk, organza, etc) it is hard for me to tell you how much it should cost to clean/preserve them.  Call around and get some pricing.  The more delicate your fabric the more it will cost. 

Now for the brides who wants to make extra room in their closet for their shoes.  I get a ton of brides asking me where they can sell or donate their gowns.  There are a ton of websites popping up all over the world selling used, slightly worn gowns.  Www.oncewed.com is one of those places and let’s not forget about our good old friend www.ebay.com.  These online stores help you get a wider audience and draws a lot of attention to your gown.  There are also organizations that collect bridal gowns, formal wear, etc for a good cause.  Like www.donatemyweddingdress.org.  Not only will you get a tax write off but also know you’re helping someone out there.  Another creative and wonderful way to get rid of your dress?  There are organizations out there that team up with photographers and dry cleaners to take in your wedding dress.  What do you get in return?   Awesome photos of you and your husband trashing the dress.  That’s right.  Trashing dresses have been a trend the past few years and what better way to do it than to get a free photo session and then donating it for a great cause?  If you need additional information on any organization selling or taking donated dresses, please email us and we’ll be glad to point you to the right direction. 

Let us know what you’ve been doing with your bridal gowns after your special day.

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4 Responses so far.

  1. Wohh just what I was looking for, appreciate it for posting.

  2. Faiza says:

    My fiance and I are einxreepcing a bit of a role reversal, in that I am in the minority of grooms, one who is the primary planner/coordinator of our upcoming wedding. My fiance has great taste and is involved with all major decisions, but is also an extremely busy professional, so I was happy to step up as the experienced party planner, doing the homework and pre-negotiating with vendors, before my fiance and I together make final selections of vendors and the plan. However, I had never planned a wedding before, so I’ve bought many books and read lots of websites and paged through many magazines (I don’t think I can look at another magazine ad of a bride-model laying horizontal on a couch without snickering). Virtually everything is written for the bride who typically plans the wedding which to me means there is a heavy emphasis on decorations and flowers and invitations and linens and color schemes it was all driving me crazy as a guy trying to put together a wedding plan that is simply fun and action oriented, while still allows for nice things. I’ve attended many dozens of weddings over the years and I’ve kept an eye on what makes weddings enjoyable and memorable: keep it festive, keep guests involved, and make sure there is time for the happy couple to spend time with each of the guests. I never saw any correlation with the size of the party, the location, the decorations, even the food quality (and I’m a big foodie), with how successful and fun the wedding was. Given this perspective, I looked and looked for wedding planning advice in all the books and magazines and websites, hoping to find action oriented advice for having a festive wedding reception frankly, I found little useful advice. Finally, just three months before our upcoming wedding, I have found the book I really needed on the recommendation of a wedding DJ friend (who lives and works in another state), I ordered Peter Merry’s book, which I have found to be chock full of actionable ideas from an experienced wedding DJ/entertainment director. He focuses on the concept of entertainment and leaves decorations and other more frivolous things to the other books. He is a welcome voice, a rare male perspective in wedding planning books, that a planning groom, and presumably planning brides as well, needs. I’ve already made adjustments to the reception agenda and found validation with some activity ideas we already had in place. Rest assured, there will be great food and many touches of elegance in the design of our wedding, but I am now more confident as ever we will have a truly festive wedding with Peter Merry’s advice influencing our plan. Many thanks to the author the advice is easily 10 times worth the cover price of the book. I strongly recommend this book to anyone planning their wedding.

    • ksadmin says:

      Thank you for sharing with us your thoughts and advice. I absolutely agree with you that 75% of a wedding’s success is setting the mood and keeping the guests involved. Thank you for your feedback and we’re hoping we’ll be able to write a piece for all the grooms out there looking to help out their brides with the planning process. We cannot wait to share that with you. I will definitely look into the Peter Merry book.

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