So many brides spend literally thousands of dollars on perfect wedding gowns, it can seem a real shame just to discard those same precious wedding dresses after the day is done. But, let’s face it, when else would you actually have the opportunity to wear a wedding dress? So, unfortunately, most wedding gowns simply end up in storage. There must be a better way.
Wedding Gowns Through the Generations
Fashion comes and goes, and wedding gowns are no exception. You may find that within a couple of decades, today’s wedding gowns come back into fashion, and might be of considerable value — sentimental, at least! So store your gown wisely and you may get to see your daughter or grand-daughter enjoying the same dress in years to come.
If you’ve opted for one of the simple wedding gowns that are classical and timeless, your chances of seeing your gown being worn by a future generation is even greater. Don’t be embarrassed to mention your stored gown to the younger members of your family; they could be delighted to save some money while carrying on a family tradition.
Altering Wedding Gowns
Another popular choice involves altering wedding gowns, so you can use them as other dresses or items of clothing. This is a particularly good idea if you have chosen one of the two-piece wedding gowns that are currently so popular. With these types of wedding gowns it’s particularly easy to use either the top or bottom of the dress as a separate item of clothing.
If you’ve chosen a one-piece wedding gown, then you can still ask a seamstress to split the bodice from the skirt, creating two different items of clothing you can use on other dressy occasions.
Other Ideas for Wedding Gowns
Many wedding gowns end up being sold after the big day. This is a great way to supplement the initial costs of married life … and it also provides others with an opportunity to purchase a cheap wedding gown! If you’re feeling a little more giving, then why not donate your wedding gown to a local charity? By giving your wedding gown to a charity you can feel that you are really helping out, while clearing a little space in your closet.
For those who choose to throw away their old wedding gowns — and yes, they do exist — it’s helpful to at least keep a small section of the material, so you can put it in your wedding album and keep it as part of your wedding memories.