Why do we let our wedding dresses sit, almost forgotten, in a closet after it’s been used?

Here are a few ideas of what to do with your dress after it has served it main purpose.

Gift the gown– Give your wedding dress a life far beyond you. Gift the dress to someone who cannot afford their own, ask that they pay it forward as well to further the impact.

Photos with friends Once all of your friends are married, get the girls together for a fun photo shoot! Have everyone put their dress on and go somewhere fun, such as a beach or park. This is a great way to highlight everyone’s different styles together.

Photos with daughter in dress– Your daughter might not want to take her walk down the aisle in your dress. But that doesn’t mean you can’t create some memories of your special girl in your special dress. Get your daughter to try the dress on at a young age (around 2–5 years old) and snap some shots. Imagine how adorable a set of pictures would be of each of your daughters in your wedding dress.

Frame it– Art can be very pricey, well, so can a wedding dress. Save some money and have the dress cleaned and framed to preserve it forever. Hang the framing in a large closet or in a personal space of yours, such as an office.

Trash it Most of us have seen images of brave souls playing on the beach or jumping off a cliff into water, all while wearing their wedding dress! These images are such a fun way to capture the joy and excitement of your wedding day. If you have no future plans for the dress, it’s okay if things get a little wet and messy.

Keepsake necklace Take a small piece of the fabric from your wedding dress and epoxy it to a necklace or locket. This necklace would make a lovely family heirloom for years to come. Not very crafty? No need to worry, this Etsy shop can take care of it for you.


  1. Came across your blog while searching for wedding dress keepsakes.
    Wanted to share with you a new trend for ‘What to do with your Dress after the Wedding’.

    I work as a volunteer seamstress to sew Angel Gown
    garments (from donated Wedding Dresses) for NICU Helping Hands to provide nationally to families that
    have lost a baby during pregnancy or after delivery. NICU Helping
    Hands is a 501c3 organization based in Fort Worth, Texas that provides
    parent support and education to families experiencing the hospitalization
    of their baby in the NICU of a hospital. They gift Angel Gown garments
    to families and hospitals free of charge and provide additional
    bereavement support through their One-on-One Mentoring Program and
    bereavement resource materials.

    Lisa Grubbs, Founder, has recently been featured nationally on TV for her work in this area. http://www.nicuhelpinghands.org

    Thought perhaps your readers would consider donating their dress so that Angel Gowns can be given to any hospital that asks.

    Thank You,
    Perdita Shook


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