Part 2: So continuing with the last post about what to do with your wedding dress once you are ready to get rid of it. I understand not everyone is ready for this and there is certainly NOTHING wrong with holding on to it. Just like everything else, though, it costs you to keep it in terms of storage space in your home or elsewhere.
I was a June bride and shortly after I got back from our lovely honeymoon, I received an email from the person from whom I had bought the dress, stating that someone named Lien was emailing her about the same dress. I hadn’t even gotten it back from the cleaners yet and I already had an interested buyer? I didn’t have to take the time to write an ad or take pictures and there was already an interested party? Sign me up! I’ll shorten the story and say that by the end of July I had sold the dress to Lien directly in Los Angeles and she was so excited to have this dress for her November wedding in Hawaii. I did keep my veil which was hand made for me by my lovely friend, Anne, although I have yet to put it on since my wedding day.
So let’s fast forward to November, shall we? I had to go to Hawaii for a business trip. I arrived in Honolulu on a Tuesday afternoon and decided to take a stroll across the street to a very nice hotel called the Westin Surfrider. This property was right on the beach and quite a pretty sight for jetlagged eyes. As I walked in the lobby, I searched for the Directory to see what restaurants they had and they had a display of their Events. I saw Lien and her fiancé’s name listed as having their wedding there in one of the ballrooms! I rushed over to the concierge desk to see if it were happening that day—how cool would it have been to see her in my/Robin’s dress? Of course, she might have called Security to have me removed since I technically would have been crashing her wedding. The concierge replied that the wedding had been earlier in the week and they had not updated the Events Board yet. But how cool was that? My dress and I had been in the same hotel 24 hours apart after it had made history in Lien’s life. When I went back to my less glamorous hotel and emailed Lien, she confirmed that she had gotten married on that Monday and was currently on her honeymoon. What a coincidence!
So I tell you this story for entertainment but also to remind you that it is a dress and this one was worn by at least 3 women who loved and adored how it made them look on that day. It made me feel special to know that others were experiencing the same joy and I did wearing it. Here are some other options:
- Your dress may be a little older and not current with the today’s fashion so you might have a little harder time selling it. There are other sites like Once Wed and, of course, EBay.
- It could be offered to another family member to use for her own design.
- Consignment stores are an option as well but I do have to warn you that you probably won’t get what you paid for it if that is a goal.
- Donating to Goodwill or another charitable organization is a great choice.
- You could even create a piece of artwork out of it, a la Adrienne Maloof.
- Some people save the dress and make a christening gown out of the fabric.
So if you are ready to pass it along, think of these options and know that it is going to a worthy cause no matter what you choose. Your memories are what last forever, not your possessions.