You have just spent every waking moment planning for the biggest day of your life. From ordering the flowers to finding the perfect dress, it’s hard to believe your wedding has come and gone. While memories will last a lifetime and will be preserved in hundreds of photographs, you may be wondering what to do with your wedding dress.
Chances are the dress you only wore once is still hanging somewhere in your closet needing to be dry-cleaned with the after marks of the wedding reception lingering on your once white train. It is also very likely that the beautiful gown you couldn’t wait to wear is occupying vital, precious space in your too small closet.
There are a few things you can do with your wedding dress after the big day to help give your husband some closet space and to ensure your dress doesn’t end up moth-ridden like your mom’s.
One option you may want to consider is preserving your wedding dress. If you want to keep it and think maybe, one day, your daughter will consider wearing your dress despite it being out of style, then you must take the appropriate steps as soon as possible in order to keep your gown in pristine condition.
Once your gown is properly cleaned and preserved, your dress will be forever protected from yellowing, creasing, molding, mildewing, light, and dust. Some preservation companies even offer preservation packages, with a postage paid box for you to pack your dress in and to ship it away.
The preservation process generally takes around two weeks, in which the gown is returned to you thereafter in it’s own storage chest. As trends come and go, it may be very likely that your dress will come back into style by the time your daughter is ready to get married in twenty years. And when she pull’s it out to try on, your dress will look like brand new.
Another option brides have is to donate their wedding dress. If preserving your dress sounds like a bit of a hassle and maybe you didn’t like the dress that much anyway, donating may be your best option. There is a great charitable organization called Making Memories Breast Cancer Foundation that aims to collect gowns, veils, and slips as donations.
All you have to do is pack the unwanted items in a box and mail them to the organization. You can search their website for further instructions as www.makingmemories.org. All the foundation asks of you is to include a $10 check that will help pay for the expense of preparing and cleaning the gown for sale.
Once you have sent the required items, the organization will then send you a tax-deductible receipt. Donating to this organization is a great way to help individuals suffering from breast cancer have the wedding of their dreams. Your dress could ultimately make someone’s day very special.
Some brides may want to consider selling their dress on eBay, or other auction web sites. If you spent a lot of money on a designer dress and it is still in good condition, chances are other brides-to-be are willing to pay high prices for the designer dress of their dreams. Whether you decide to preserve your dress or to sell it, your wedding gown will always be apart of your memories and maybe one day will make some one else just as happy as you were on your wedding day.