Wedding dress : What to do after the wedding
Perhaps you have just returned from your honeymoon or destination wedding? The suitcases are in the hallway, the gifts are beautifully draped in the living room by your bridesmaids and groomsmen? And on the doorframe hangs the dinner jacket in its case, and next to it the wonderful wedding dress that still smells of Tuscany or the sea? The memories come tangibly back to you and you smile. And then you might ask yourself, "What do I do with my wedding dress?"
As wedding planners, we often hear this question and have therefore put together a few ideas for you. We hope to support you a little bit in deciding what to do with your wonderful dress.
Of course we have also thought about what to do with the Tuxedo of the Groom: get it clean, put it back into your wardrobe, get it out on the next occasion. As you see: piece of cake.
Storage of your wedding dress.
If you would like to store your dress, we have put together some very useful information.
You should protect your wedding dress from the following:
Moths & the rest of the animal gang
Sharp temperature changes
Grease, dirt etc.
You should always pay attention to the factors mentioned above, no matter which storage option you choose. And please also choose a place for storage that takes the above factors into account.
To avoid dampness and fluctuating temperatures, choose a place in your home.
Cellars and attics should be avoided, depending on the standard of construction.
It is also recommended to air out the wedding dress once a year. Tips on how to combine this with a party will be given later.
Besides being a wedding celebrant and wedding planner, I am also a trained bespoke tailor and I can assure you: don't leave your beautiful wedding dress permanently hung up, it can easily deform depending on the weight. Therefore, a variation is certainly a beautiful box.
Selling the wedding dress - make another bride happy with it
Selling your wedding dress is a nice way to make someone else happy with it. Not every bride can afford a new dress. Therefore, a second hand dress is a WIN WIN situation for both parties.
There are plenty of suppliers of second hand dresses and they often take care of the cleaning. Or simply ask your bridal shop if they are interested in reselling your dress.
Donate your wedding dress
Donate your wedding dress to charity, there are many ways to do this.
Some that really touched us as wedding planners is The Angel Gown in the US, Herzenssache in Germany, and Engelskleider in Switzerland.
I'm sure you will find similar organizations within your surroundings, just search the web for it.
Wedding dress becomes christening gown
Having your wedding dress sewn into a christening gown is another great idea. Are you expecting a baby or in the middle of planning? Then this is a great way to add meaning to the dress. Simply a magical memory for every mother or even both parents (ideally, the groom liked the dress very much, too). Here are some patterns to whet your appetite for sewing. Of course there are countless more, just browse the web a little. Or simply ask your tailor of confidence.
Sew something out of your wedding dress
To stay with the sewing topic, there are many other possibilities for skilled hands. You can turn it into something you know you will use and love - or that someone else will use.
As you are likely to be working with a large amount of material, you can make a range of creative household items and accessories.
We are not only wedding planners, but Ivan as a bespoke tailor and Saskia as a designer, have put together a few ideas that you could realise from your dress.
Home decoration ideas
Cushions (for the living room, for your baby or a loved one).
Ring bearer cushions (maybe a girlfriend/boyfriend is getting married soon)
Tablecloths, table runners or napkins (here you have to pay close attention to the material of your dress)
Clothes and accessories
Pocketkerchief for him
There is more to it
Child's costume (e.g. princess dress, mini wedding dress)
Doll clothes and accessories
Religious clothing and festive decorations
Dress for first communion