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.