What Should You Do With Your Wedding Dress? 7 Ideas


Your wedding dress is one of the most important pieces of clothing you’ll ever wear, and one that obviously means a whole lot to you. However, many wedding dresses go in the closet and never come out again…if you don’t want that to happen to your gown, check out some of the many things you can do with the beloved dress:


Donate your dress to a charity such as Brides Across America, which provides wedding dresses to brides who can’t afford to purchase new ones. Just think: your wedding dress could make someone who really needs a beautiful gown very, very happy!

Christening Gown

Turn your wedding dress into a christening gown for your child or little relative. Most dresses are easily reworked in this way. Other options include dresses for naming ceremonies and first birthdays.

Work Of Art

Transform your wedding dress into a work of art rather than allowing it to collect dust in the attic. Dresses, veils, and garters can be professionally framed, allowing you to enjoy a custom piece that reminds of you your special day always.

Cocktail Dress

Create a cocktail dress from your wedding gown with the help of a talented seamstress. A form-fitting cocktail dress that was once the gown you said “I do” in is a great conversation piece. It also allows you to wear your wedding dress for years!


Sell your wedding dress if you need a little extra cash post-ceremony and honeymoon. List it on auction sites such as eBay or wedding-specific options such as PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com and Nearly Newlywed.


Preserve your wedding dress for the next generation if you wish. If you really think it’s an option for your daughter or simply don’t want to let the dress go yet, discuss the best preservation possibilities with your local seamstress and enjoy handing it down when the time is right.


Trash your dress! That’s right! “Trashing the dress” is a real trend, and a way to give your wedding gown one heck of a goodbye. Brides have swam in their dresses, played around at muddy farms, burned their dresses as part of huge bonfire festivities, and more. Feel free to get as creative as you want, and don’t forget to take plenty of pictures!

Have the above options inspired you? Do you have other ideas for wedding dress reuse you’d like to share?