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8 Lovely Things To Do With Your Wedding Dress After The Big Day

October 23 2017

" You’ve spent hours, days, weeks and even months scouring Pinterest and bridal boutiques for your dream wedding dress. You found it, wore it and had the most incredible day in it, but now what? Wearing your wedding gown is one of the most magical moments of any wedding day, which is why today we’re talking about 10 of the loveliest things you can do with your dress after the big day. Let’s get started… "

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Keep it. You don’t actually have to do anything with your wedding dress after your special day. You can simply store it away in your wardrobe so that in years to come, you still get a glimpse of how it felt to wear it. This is definitely one for the sentimental brides-to-be out there, just make sure it’s stored in its garment bag so it stays in beautiful condition.

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But remember, if you are planning on keeping your dress, make sure it gets cleaned professionally straight after your wedding day. You’ll be surprised how much dirt, make-up and wine can get on your dress!

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If you love the idea of keeping your wedding dress at home but haven’t got enough room in your wardrobe, don’t fret as we’ve got the perfect idea for you. Why not frame it? It would look breath-taking in an elegant frame in your dressing room, bedroom or even your living room! Alternatively, you could ask your stationer to draw an illustration of your gown to display in a smaller frame. Read more about framing your wedding dress here.

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Are you a crafty bride? Then consider using your gown to create something totally new. You could use the fabric to create a purse, bespoke lingerie, headband, quilt or even a dress for your children. This is such a sweet idea and it’ll hold so many treasured memories of your wonderful day. In the past, we have made a bride's veil from her mum's old veil. We have also used the lace from a bride's dress into a garter for her, and revamped her mum's 70s floral headpiece into 'something new' for her. We can easily create a bespoke product using materials from previous wedding dresses. If this is something you'd be interested in, get in touch!

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We adore the thought of passing your wedding dress on so that it can be worn again. There is something quite special about sharing memories and giving people the chance to make new memories in your gown. You could pass it onto close family members, such as siblings, children or nieces. However, you could also sell it on a preloved website for brides-to-be with smaller budgets.

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Consider donating your wedding dress to charity. Not only will it support a good cause, it means your dress can be worn again by another beautiful bride-to-be. You can smile knowing that your dress is going to wonderful use and that someone else will share it on their wedding day. There are lots of charity events that offer brides the chance to wear their gowns again – imagine a room full of newlyweds in their dresses! All money goes to charity and it gives you a good excuse to get your wedding gown out of the wardrobe – what’s not to love?

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You could even wear your dress again on each wedding anniversary! This is a fabulous option for those that can’t face the thought of parting with their gown. It will also be lovely for your children to see you in your wedding dress and you can reminisce all about your day with them, while rocking your gown.

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If you want to do something totally unique with your wedding dress, consider taking part in a ‘trash the dress’ photoshoot. It does exactly what it says on the tin! Couples don their wedding gear for the last time with their photographer and have the freedom to do exactly what they want with it. Many couples go swimming in their outfits, throw paint at each other or go on a hike through the countryside. You’re guaranteed to laugh throughout the photoshoot and you don’t have to worry about getting your gown dirty! If this sounds like something you’d love to do, head over to Brides to see some fabulous ‘Trash The Dress’ photo-shoots.

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There are lots of really lovely ideas out there, so whether you’re a sentimental bride or if you’re simply worried about lack of storage, don’t fret about what to do with your gown after the big day.

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