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What To Do With Your Wedding Dress

Brianne, why in God's name are you writing a wedding-related post when you're way past its relevancy?

I'll tell you why.

To celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary I broke my wedding dress out of its preservation, and upon my shock that the frock still fit after all of those years, I booked a photo shoot.


Credit: studiokh

Now, my wedding dress and fur stole is in an unworn state on a hanger. It's kind of inconvenient because it has to be moved every time we wish enter the closet. "What are you going to do with this thing?" Nick asks on the regular.


This is my reaction, on the regular.

These are the current options:
1. Traditional Preservation. My mother did this for me in 2005, and I had her blessing to break it in 2015. The gown was professionally cleaned and packaged in a box for safe-keeping. It's weird though, because it looks like a coffin. It's often been referred to as "the hooker in the crawl space," which I recognize sounds like a really bad B-list slasher film.

2. Refashion. I've heard stories of women having their wedding gowns sewn into christening gowns for their babies, and I saw on Facebook that a woman had her wedding gown refashioned into Angel Gowns for babies who've passed away in the hospital. It was an absolutely heart-wrenching thing to consider, but I was incredibly inspired by her thoughtful donation.

3. Display. I've seen elaborate moldings created to frame wedding dresses in closets in order to turn it into a work of art. My gown is very simple, so I'm not certain it would align with something like this.

4. Trash the Dress Photo Shoot. I mean, you know - when the wedding is over, it's not like you'll have many opportunities to wear it again (an argument for not spending a lot of money on a dress, in my opinion). I have seen some beautiful photoshoots done in this theme.

5. Donate it. Brides Across America provides free wedding gowns to military brides, and Brides Against Breast Cancer uses proceeds from donated gowns to help cancer patients. These options also intrigue me.

6. Sell it. Meh. I think I'm leaning towards a refashion, a donation or a good ol'fashion trashin'.

In a way, I feel obligated to keep it. It is my wedding dress after all. What if my daughter wants a piece of it? According to Nick she's never getting married, so that's to be determined ...

It is a remnant from the day that started my marriage. However now, it's my marriage that brings me joy, and the dress just takes up space.

Got any better ideas?

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