If you’re like many women, your wedding dress might be the most expensive piece of clothing you ever wear.

It also might be the most sentimental. A common question brides ask after their wedding, or maybe during the planning stages, is, “What do you do with your wedding dress after your wedding?”

We’ve created a list of three common options for you to consider.

1. Repurpose It

If you love your dress so much that you can’t bear the thought of never wearing it again, repurposing your dress could make rewearing it in some form a possibility. You could have it redesigned into a cocktail dress or formal gown that you can wear again by shortening it, dyeing it a different color, adding a different color of fabric or lace or reshaping it completely. This works especially well if you’d like to wear your dress for an anniversary later on.

Some other ideas we love are having your dress made into a baptism, christening or first communion gown for your first child, having throw pillows made out of the train, or having custom lingerie made from the lace or satin—what a fun and romantic way to honor your commitment! 

Our talented design team at Vanya Designs can turn your wedding dress into just about anything, so schedule a consultation appointment here to get started.

2. Sell It

If you’re more economically minded, selling your dress is another way to go. Not only will selling your wedding dress get some of your money back, but thrifting is great for the environment and may help future brides who want to wear a designer dress on a smaller budget. Websites like StillWhite.com, PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com and NearlyNewlywed.com are great places to get started.

Selling isn’t our favorite option because of the love we stitch into every seam, but if you’re not the sentimental type or if your dress wasn’t custom made just for you, selling could be a great option.

3. Preserve & Keep It

Finally, if you can’t imagine parting with or changing your dress, preservation is probably the route for you. By preserving your gown, you ensure that it will keep its beauty for at least the rest of your life, and you’ll be able to pass it down to a daughter or granddaughter if you choose.

You can read all about gown preservation in a previous blog post here.

You have more options than you may have originally thought for what to do with your wedding dress after your big day. There’s no one-size-fits-all option that works for every bride, but between repurposing, selling and preserving, we hope this helped you discover the perfect path for you.

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February 18, 2023 — Vanya Designs