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What to Do With Your Wedding Dress After Your Big Day

If you're unsure of what to do with your wedding dress, you are not alone.

Once you’ve had your wedding dress dry-cleaned, you might look at it and think to yourself, ‘now what’?

wedding dress after big day bride with shoes

Should you put it in a box in the attic? Under the bed? Either way, it’s a little sad to neglect such a meaningful garment. Below, we list some of our favourite alternatives for what to do with your wedding dress.

Re-wear it

What you do with your bridal dress after the wedding might actually depend on the kind of celebration you had.

If you had a registry ceremony or a low-key day, chances are you wore something that could be accessorised to achieve an entirely different look. Lose the veil, change the colour of your shoes, ditch the bouquet, pare back your makeup. And you'll quickly find you now have a go-to dress with any smart occasion. Especially if it's a shorter style.

Reinvent it

Your gown could be given a new lease of life with just a few alterations. An adjustment here, or an embellishment there, will give it a whole new look. And wearing your newly tailored dress on a special occasion doubles up as a wonderful reminder of the big day.

Maybe you could amend it to be shorter, or add a little sparkle. After just a few tweaks, you'll love wearing it again.

Give it an afterlife

We have so much respect for pre-loved bridal brand, Brides do Good. Their mission is to empower young girls to make their own choices in life and have a proper education. And that includes giving them the freedom to choose who they marry. Up to two-thirds of the profits Brides do Good makes from selling pre-loved and ex-sample dresses are donated to charities that work towards this goal. So, by donating (or even selling) your wedding dress to Brides do Good, you could change a child’s life.

bride and daughter in wedding dresses

Hand it down

If you’re planning to have children, saving your wedding dress for your daughter to wear on her big day (though, remember, fashions change!) can be a lovely thing. We prefer a more fun option… Let them play dress up with it! It’s far better for it to be enjoyed rather than forgotten about.

Dig it out

Donning your gown years down the line can be a brilliant way to have some fun. Make your partner laugh by greeting them in it when they wake up (this works particularly well if it’s a real statement look!) Or why not wear it to a fancy dress party? It saves buying a costume. The possibilities are endless… it just depends on how daring you are.

Reinvest it

Selling your dress and using that money for something meaningful is a beautiful way to ‘continue its legacy’. Is there a course you want to complete? A piece of art you’d like to have for your newly married home? Or maybe you would like to buy yourselves a pet! Selling your dress can help build your future – rather than hanging onto something from the past.

Whether you are at the start of your wedding fashion journey or you are simply looking for the finishing touches, Confetti & Curves brings together the best curvy bridal with expert stylists to guide you to the perfect style. Book your appointment here.


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