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We would never say that gone are the days of keeping your wedding gown for your daughter or granddaughter/niece/God-daughter. But the truth is, with so many changing trends in gowns around the world, and our consumer desire to buy and own, self-brand and personalize, it certainly isn't as common as it was even 30 or 40 years ago. So what are some options after you've purchased what is still considered valuable but a one-time investment?
Re-Purposing Your Gown
Unless your gown was made from everyday fabric, it is a garment with satin, silk, lace, tulle and all of the usual fabrics that adorn wedding dresses. Your gown may have lace or pearl beading that would look amazing on another item.
Sites like Unbox The Dress invite you to use your imagination when looking at elements of your own gown or one that you've inherited. Children's christening gowns, pillows, beautiful robes, scrapbook covers, clutch purses, napkins, Christmas ornaments and stockings are just a few of the items they can create using the fabric and elements of your dress. They even have a questionnaire to help you get started.
Just because no one in your clan may want to wear your gown doesn't mean that gorgeous fabric and the various elements cannot be used for something practical, get a second life, or become an heirloom.
Donating or Recycling
In most areas, there are consignment shops that are happy to take your cleaned wedding gown and make it available to a bride on a budget who may have the same fashion sense that you do. Consider this a perfect opportunity to help another girl look amazing on her big day. You can also use selling sites and online consigning, as well social media to find a new owner for your gently used gown. If you're never going to wear it, these options beat tossing it out, where it will end up in a landfill. Overall, this is better for the community and better for the environment.
Check out sites like Pre-Owned Wedding Dresses to get an idea.
Wedding gown preservation is important and we are here to help you with that! You can message or call us for more info on our Gown Preservation service. It's important to use a reputable vendor who understands that proper cleaning and storage in an acid-free box is critical. So if you aren't sure whether you want to donate, sell, repurpose your wedding gown or keep it just in case someone down the line may want to wear it, make sure that you take good care of it until you are sure.
A few months ago, we blogged about the fact that brides are not trusting their instincts or choices and second-guessing their purchase of a specific gown. Which makes us quiet sad, frankly. Now here we are, just a few months later and it feels like an epidemic: brides buying a second, third or even fourth wedding gown. What is going on?
Is it Common to Second-Guess your choice of Gown?
Yes, it is. Lots of brides do, and as we mentioned already, this is becoming more common in recent years. You need to do your research, know some basics about what looks good on you, trust the experts and know when to quit shopping. We won't say all brides that find themselves second guessing their choice are make these common mistakes below, but lots do, so we hope you'll review this list and then we strongly encourage you to read this blog.
Meet one of our adorable Bridal Traditions brides - Samantha. She began her journey with us when she said yes to her dress and recently shared images from her big day. We love it when brides send us special moments in their gowns, so we can show prospective brides what they have to look forward to on their wedding days. It's always fun to see how the look comes together with florals, the setting and a groom on one's arm, right? She just glowed from the moment she knew she knew she found "The One" in our boutique until the last kiss with her new husband.
BT Brides - all of them - are special to us. When you come in to our boutique, we're in. We want to hear those bells along with you and help you find your gown. Some we feature on this blog with extra details; others kindly share images with us of their big day.
Heather Ann Jolly bought her gown from us and thoughtfully sent some images our way. Needless to say, she was a knockout. Many, many thanks to photographer "A Lady and Her Lens" for letting us share these with our readers.
This gown is a dreamy lace affair! From the bodice to the gorgeous train, lace is the star. Heather chose a beautiful tiara to go with her veil and the entire look was both traditional and romantic.
Congratulations to the happy couple!
We wish you many years of joy and happiness together