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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Dyeing Your Wedding Dress

Photos courtesy of This Young House

One of the things I never considered when selecting my wedding dress was this important question: What am I going to do with it after the wedding?

Once the day had come and gone, I came up with this list of options for What to Do with Your Dress After the Wedding:
  1. Donate it
  2. Resell it
  3. Store it
  4. Wear it
  5. Transform it into something other than a dress
I'm pretty convinced that I'm going to transform mine into a skirt one of these days (to preserve the embroidery), but in the meantime, I thought I would share this idea from Sherry over at This Young House. With black RIT dye for $5, she was able to transform her wedding dress into a party dress for a lifetime (even though the label said, "Dry Clean Only").

It's certainly risky, but it worked out really well for her!

What are you planning to do with your dress after the wedding?


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18 comments:

Eco Yogini said...

wow, dyeing is a good idea! Except I really think i'm going to have more of a 'princess dress' (although made in Canada- so no sweat shop dress for me!). I was thinking of donating my dress. I really like the idea of my dress being a part of love and light in another bride's life :)

MacKenzie said...

My dress was a black and white dress with a a vintage looking black rose pattern. I am turning it into a few throw pillows and napkins, and will probably keep a piece of it or two to add to a quilt someday.

Meg said...

Oh, I will be keeping it. A handmade family dress? I assume my future daughters/ grandaughters would kill me if I dyed it. Under other circumstances however, I definitly might.

Krista said...

That's amazing!! $5 dye and a fabulous dress :) but I like the skirt idea!

Anonymous said...

I considered dying mine after the wedding, but I think I will also make it into a throw pillow for our bed. I like the idea of keeping a few scraps for a quilt too!

Anonymous said...

You could make a christening gown out of the dress for your baby. I am not planning to have children but if I did- I love this idea.

Kristy said...

Hopefully I'll be able to hem it to about knee-length and wear it again. I plan to ask the seamstress when I take it in for alterations.

Mommy2lilgems said...

wow, you can't even tell that's the same dress! I plan on keeping and preserving my dress. My best friend had her garter and her purse made from material from her grandmother's gown, so I hope when I have children someday, they find a way of reusing and recycling my dress!

Anonymous said...

One of the reasons I decided against a white dress was so that I could wear it again. This also helped me justify spending more than I normally would on a dress, since I hope to wear it for a lifetime of special occasions, not just one day.
Dyeing is a great option, though!

Michele said...

Wow! What a great idea. I figured I'd sell mine, but if I can get some more mileage out of it by dying it, that'd be fantastic!

MorganRae said...

Those are some really great ideas! I would love to do one of those. However, I had to cut off 8 inches off my dress. ( i'm 4'10) so I doubt I can resell it. It's actually a bit fancier, so I can't really wear it everyday. So I guess I will just store it. Does anyone know of any other ways to store dresses besides those expensive kits?

{The Perfect Palette} said...

we love this young house :)

love-v said...

I bought my dress from a happily married woman who made it possible for me to wear the dress I wanted and still stay in my budget. I'm going to re-sell my dress so that someone else on a budget can also have this opportunity. (I'd donate it, but the re-sale price was part of the budget...)

daniella said...

I have wanted to donate my gown here ever since I read about it:

http://heavenlyangelsinneed.com/Gowns.html

but apparently now they aren't accepting dresses.

I definitely want to donate my dress though. I want someone else to get good use out of it.

(I get married in 12 days btw.)

Love your site!

mandie said...

I love that so many brides want to donate their dresses. It will make a womans dreams come true and believe me this is coming from a bride who doesn't have a wedding dress due to medical problems and no money.
I think it is awesome to send them to the charities and such, but It is also awesome to find a needy bride and give it to her where she may not otherwise get to feel like a bride and a princess on their special day.
If I have a dress to wear on my special day I think I will just post a forum on one of my favorite websites and ask why people need the dress and then choose a woman that I think could really use it. To help someones elses dream come true:)

Mandie
Heartsandhooves4christ@yahoo.com

MorganRae said...

I want to sell my dress so I can help pay off my bills, however I am 4'9 so I had to alter a lot off the bottom and I don't think I will find many people that height. I thought I would share with you, our wedding.
I have a ton of stuff like decorations and other things to either give away or sell cheap. http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=86134&id=578832794&l=b7a0b85b70

Wedding Dresses said...

never thought about dying the dress but what an awesome idea. I was going to try and sell it but you have inspired me to change my mind! Thanks :)

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