10 Ways to Repurpose a Wedding Dressposted by Andrea | 04/25/2011
Last week, I posted about what I did with my wedding dress… and I asked for other creative ideas from you.
Honestly, I expceted the main response to be, “I could never get rid of my dress” — and there were a few of those comments!!
But for the most part, you had so many great ideas! You can read all the different ideas in the comment section, but…
Here are my top-ten favorites:
1. Use some of the fabric to make your daughters prom or wedding dress.
One women said that her daughter actually made her own prom dress using scraps from the mom’s wedding dress — how cool is that!
2. Use fabric to make something else.
There were so many great ideas of things to make from wedding dress fabric — baby baptism outfits, photo album covers, pillows, and hankies were just a few of the ideas.
3. Give it away.
Obviously, not everyone could simply give their wedding dress away, but I always see wedding dresses at thrift stores and secondhand stores, and I just think it would be such a blessing for someone on a limited budget to be able to wear a great dress.
4. Sell it.
I actually tried to sell my dress on Craigslist, but didn’t have any interested buyers. However, several people told me they had great luck with selling their dress on Ebay, Craigslist, or even at a consignment store.
5. Donate it to raise money for a cause.
I received several comments from women who had donated their dresses to raise money for cancer, or another great cause. It sounds like there are different organizations like these in every state, so if you’re interested, just a do a little research.
6. Send it to another bride via the Secret of the Traveling Dress
Caitlin told me about this REALLY cool website, A Practical Wedding, and how you can put your dress up for grabs, choose the bride you would like to wear your dress, and then send them the dress. They wear it for their wedding, send you pictures, and then pass the dress along again.
If I hadn’t cut my dress up, I might have done something like this!
7. Store it at your mom’s house.
I had to laugh when I heard that so many people still store their dress at their mom’s house! Hey, I guess it’s a way to keep the clutter out of your own house
8. Let your kids use it to play dress-up.
This is another great idea if you’re not quite ready to get rid of your dress but want to do something useful with it. What little girl wouldn’t love to play around with her mom’s wedding dress?
9. Wear it for a Halloween or costume party.
A bunch of ladies said that they had worn their wedding dress multiple times for Halloween, costume parties, mystery dinners, etc. How fun!
10. Donate it to the Mary Madeline Project.
This was by-far my favorite use for old wedding dresses. The Mary Madeline Project takes old wedding dresses and makes tiny little burial outfits for still-born babies. Even though this is a horribly sad situation, just think how nice it would be to have a beautiful outfit to bury your baby in — especially since the parents probably would not have time to go out and purchase an outfit.
See aren’t these all great ideas?
So if you’re ready to make the plunge and get rid of your wedding dress, you just might want to try one of these really great ideas!
If you’re not ready, then just enjoy looking at your beautiful dress hanging in your closet or sitting in the box
- Labels:: emotional clutter