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What To Do With Your Wedding Dress After The Wedding

Posted by Live Love Mom on November 6, 2020 at 8:30 AM

by: Rev Dr. Stéphanie McEndree


Lots of people have no idea what to do with their wedding dress after the wedding, or how to use their mother’s wedding dress when they don’t want to wear it themselves. Whether you want to reuse, recycle, or donate your dress, here are 60 ideas for you (with pictures) to inspire your imagination!


 


 

  1. Have it cleaned and preserved to keep for your future daughter.

  2. DIY wedding dress preservation - $8 Ziplock suit size space saver bag. Put dress in, seal, suck air out. This dress is a full ball-gown style dress that normally takes up over 5 ft of floor space reduced to about an inch in thickness. Easily hung and stored away and can take it out and re-seal anytime!

  3. Sell it on ebay, or to a used dress shop and make some of your money back.

  4. Have a “trash the dress” photoshoot.

  5. Have it made into a wedding memory bear.

  6. Frame it in a shadow box to display in your home.

  7. Have it sewn into throw pillows for your bed.

  8. Have it made into hankerchiefs you can keep or give as gifts.

  9. Donate it to where people can use it, such as brides across america. If you wore a wedding dress that’s a non-traditional color, donate it to an organization that gives away free prom dresses.

  10. Donate to an organization that turns them into angel gowns for stillborn babies.

  11. Keep a piece of fabric to sew into your daughter's wedding dress. You can do the same for your granddaughters, goddaughters, and more!

  12. Shorten it and wear it as a cocktail or evening dress.

  13. Have it altered into a nightgown.

  14. Have a seamstress sew them into christening or baptism gowns for your future children and grandchildren.

  15. Throw a wedding dress party or wear to the wedding dress charity ball.

  16. Have the material made into a quilt.

  17. Hire a seamstress to make the material into a comforter for your bed.

  18. Scarves can be made from wedding dress material.

  19. Turn your wedding dress into a gorgeous tree skirt for your holiday tree.

  20. Use the fabric of the dress to make a clutch purse.

  21. Use some material for some Christmas ornaments. You can use them for keepsake ornaments where you can stick your wedding garter inside, use the lace to embellish an ornament, or make an angel ornament out of the material.

  22. Save it for a photoshoot with your future little one.

  23. Sew it into a fancy tablecloth

  24. Make a gorgeous table runner to use for your dining room table.

  25. Make it into a frame.

  26. Use some material to make a garter for a family member’s wedding, including your daughter or granddaughter.

  27. You can sew wedding dress fabric into a little money pouch.

  28. Use the material to make it into a Christmas stocking.

  29. Use the material to make jewelry such as a lace choker, lockets, bracelets, earrings and more.

  30. Make a miniature replica of your wedding dress with the material. You can make it small enough for dolls, or big enough for a child to wear.

  31. Turn it into a tote or beach bag.

  32. Save some material to turn into hair pieces, such as a delicate lace headband.

  33. Turn it into a white ruffled wreath.

  34. Turn the bottom into a fancy skirt to wear.

  35. Use the top part to repurpose into a blouse or a lace or embellished top.

  36. Use it to make beautiful bassinette skirt, especially if you plan on having children.

  37. Make a bouquet wrap.

  38. Use pieces of fabric to embellish your wedding photo album.

  39. Turn it into a princess dress for family members, or a formal dress for a younger girl.

  40. Dye it a different color to wear to different occasions.

  41. Wear it on your wedding anniversary to surprise your spouse.

  42. Renew your vows and wear the same dress.

  43. Make a jewelry display out of the lace so you can hang earrings off of it.

  44. Turn them into ring pillows for your children’s weddings for the ring bearer.

  45. Sew it into a baby blanket for your future child.

  46. Use the lace to use as decorations with candle holders or mason jars.

  47. Make shoes for baby baptisms or christenings.

  48. Make it into a tutu for you or a young girl to wear.

  49. Use the dress to make padded clothes hangers for your future daughter or granddaughter’s wedding dress.

  50. Use as a lampshade in your home. To repurpose/reuse a wedding veil: I cut off the lace trim because it clashed with my wedding dress. I draped it over boring lampshades to give them a feminine touch.

  51. Turn it into a throw for your living room furniture.

  52. Have part of the dress made into a belly sash for your future pregnancy.

  53. Use your wedding dress to make a belt for your daughter or granddaughter’s wedding dress.

  54. Use tulle or details from your wedding dress to add to your daughter or granddaughter’s wedding bouquet.

  55. Use pieces of the dress or a silk flower from your wedding into a corsage for your daughter’s prom and wedding day.

  56. Recreate your wedding photos on your anniversary or during special occasions such as a pregnancy or birth.

  57. Use details from your dress to make a unique hair piece for yourself or your daughter, such as lace barettes, hair ribbons, or scrunchies.

  58. Use pieces as keepsakes.

  59. Turn the fabric into wedding decorations for your daughter’s wedding or your own anniversary party down the line.

  60. Turn fabric into works of art for you to hang in your home.

  61. Repurpose your dress into curtains for your new home.

  62. Use the fabric to make a Christmas angel for the top of your Christmas tree.

  63. Make some gorgeous lingerie to wear on your anniversary nights.

  64. Make a gorgous sash! You can use it for your daughter's bachelorette party, or even just a chic accessory with an evening gown.

  65. Make it into a shawl to wear on those cold nights with your favorite nightgown, or at a fancy affair to go with your floor-length dress.

  66. Make a tie for your husband, your son, or another special person in your life. This works best with silk gowns, but you can also make a lace tie for your daughter, aunt, mother, or anyone else to wear as well!

  67. Make flower girl dresses from your wedding dress by sewing parts of your dress into miniature versions!

  68. Turn your dress into a magnificent hijab. Whether you have a family member who is getting married, you know someone or you just want a woman to look amazing on her wedding day while respecting her religious traditions, this is a perfect way to surprise a bride-to-be!

  69. Turn a piece of your wedding dress into a beautiful headdress for your daughter. You could even bunch it together to make fabric flowers to add to it!

  70. Make fabric flowers out of it to display as decorations in your home, use as a bouquet for your children, or to embellish clothing or curtains you own.

  71. Make a boutonnier out of pieces of your wedding dress so your son and his groomsmen can wear on their wedding day. Your son could also wear it on his prom night!

  72. Make a cape a family member can wear on their cold winter wedding day.

  73. Make it into a fancy coat to wear over a fancy dress.

  74. Sew it into a kimono. If you are Japanese or someone you know is, it would be a great way to repurpose your wedding dress. It could be made into either a wedding kimono or to wear during holidays.

  75. Have you ever seen those cute little white bags that carry candy, nuts, or other wedding favor goodies? Make little pouches so your daughter can use for her favor bags on her wedding day.



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