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What to do with your wedding dress when it’s all over

4 September 2009

Your wedding dress is likely to be by far the most expensive piece of clothing you’ll ever buy. A scary thought when the chances are you’ll never wear it again. So here are some options for getting more than one use out of it.

Trash it.
I love this concept. The photo opportunities for ‘trashing’ your dress are glorious but if you’re anything like me, the thought of destroying your wedding gown is too much to bare.

Donate it.
There are a number of specialist bridal stores, second-hand departments and charities that will accept your used wedding gown.

Sell it. Make a bit if cash back on your gown and sell it online. Try PreLoved or Ebay.

Change it. Cut it up, dye it, add sequins and brooches. If you’re creative and have a knack with a sewing machine, what a project it could be to create your own design from your dress. If you’d rather leave It to a pro, there are talented streamstresses and designers that can alter your dress exactly to your specifications.

Preserve it. Have your gown professionally celaned and store it vacuum-packed in a sealed carrier with acid-free tissue. Tuck it away for your daughter’s big day perhaps.

Personally I can’t bring myself to part with mine so I’m going for option five.


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