Your Wedding Dress – To Keep or Donate?

Congratulations on your wedding!  If you have finally tied the knot, you are probably on Cloud 9 and we share in your excitement.  But as you slowly reconnect with your daily life, you may notice your wedding gown displayed beautifully in your closet. We can help you decide what to do with it from here.

To Keep

If you find it hard to part with your dress, we understand.  It’s selection, fitting, and debut were a huge part of your wedding day.  But, leaving it alone to hang in the closet is not best for the fabric.  The first thing you need to do is find a trusting cleaner to remove any stains. Then, move on with its preservation.  Many cleaners can help with this task, but you can also accomplish this at home by carefully folding your gown and placing it in an air tight box and non-acid tissue paper.  Store the box containing your dress in a climate controlled environment. Perhaps, under a bed or a closet shelf is a safe space.

Now that your gown is properly stored, here are some reasons you may be glad to keep it close.

  1. A perfect keepsake. Your wedding dress can help bring back the best memories of the day you made your wedding vows.  You may even want to try it on again one day!
  2. Pass it down. Some mothers are delighted to see a daughter, granddaughter, or niece get married in their very own wedding gown.
  3. Recycle it. You can use your wedding dress in the future to make christening gowns for your children, pillows for special occasions, or even a baby bonnet.
  4. Sell it. Weddings can be costly. But, one way to replenish your costs is to consign your wedding gown. Many brides have found beautiful hand me down dresses and a great price.
To Donate

Donating your dress is another option if you do not have the space or desire to store it. There are some wonderful organizations that are happy to take it off your hands and share it with brides short of resources to purchase a new one.  Here are a few terrific options.

  1. Brides Across America (BAA) is a non-profit organization that gifts gowns to military families & first responders. Learn about BAA here.
  2. Angel Gowns sews wedding dresses into gowns for babies who are unable to come home from the hospital after birth. The gowns are a beautiful way to pay tribute to the infants and families at an incredibly challenging time. Learn about donating to the Angel Gown programs here.
  3. Wish Upon a Wedding helps support brides with life-threatening illnesses make their special wedding wishes come true. Through this charity, brides can have an intimate wedding in a beautiful gown without the stress and worry of extra costs or fittings. Here is how you can help donate to Wish Upon a Wedding.

Even if you can’t decide right away what the best option is for your wedding gown, in time you will be able to make the right decision.


Wedding Dates You May Want to Avoid

Choosing your wedding date is probably one of the first items on your checklist.  The day you choose can help set the tone for your event.  But, keep in mind that you want to select a date that is not only special for you and your partner, but one that is feasible for your guests.  Here are some suggestions of dates to avoid.

Major Holidays

Major holidays are commonly shared with close friends and family, and sometimes they create extra days off work. But, vendor and travel costs can be higher, and accommodations may be limited during these busy times. Many families also carry traditions they may not want interrupted.  A few of the major holidays to consider are:

  • Christmas
  • Thanksgiving
  • Mother’s Day
  • New Year’s
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Easter
Major Sporting Events

Perhaps if you are a huge sports fan, this is a no brainer. But, if you do not get too excited about major sporting events, here is a list of big dates you may want to steer clear of.

  • Olympics
  • March Madness
  • Super Bowl
  • College Championships
  • US Opens
  • FIFA World Cup
  • Golf Majors
  • NFL Playoffs
Important Family Dates

If someone in your family has a special day, such as an anniversary, milestone birthday, or day of remembrance, you may want to avoid choosing this as your day to tie the knot.  Some may find it rude to request that this special day is shared.  Although it may not seem like a big deal to you, it could cause conflict and grudges.  Your wedding should be a joyful day for you and those around you.

When you pull out the calendar to pick your special day, jot down these dates first to help with your selection. You may not please everyone, but if you keep your close friends and family in mind, your biggest fans will be alongside ready to celebrate!