Married couple kissing in the mud after wedding
Re-using your wedding dress tip 1: Frame it
It’s likely that your wedding dress will be one of your most treasured items for years to come, so don’t leave it to languish in the loft. Instead, you could invest in a shadow box to display it in. Get hold of a large one to display the whole dress in, or simply mix and match different items from your wedding – such as your husband’s tie and your veil – to create a montage of your special day. You could make a few to hang around the house for some seriously stylish, unique interior decoration. No matter how many rough patches you and your husband may go through in your home, the shadow boxes full of magical wedding day memories will adorn the walls as a symbol of your love.
Re-using wedding dress tip 2: Trash it at a photography session
A wedding dress drenched in mud, a crisp white shirt splattered in paint, a tiny grass stain on your pristine white shoe – it’s your worst wedding day nightmare isn’t it? Would you consider trashing your dress in front of a photographer after the big day though? ‘Trash the dress’ photography sessions are becoming an increasingly popular way to create ever-lasting memories through quirky photo shoots after the wedding. Whether you’re rocking your frock through mud or drowning your gown in the sea, you can use the photography session as a meaningful symbol of your everlasting love, or the perfect opportunity to have fun and get some great photographs. Photographers offer a variety of ‘trash the dress’ sessions too, so if you’d like the photo opportunity but are unsure about the lasting damage to your dress, you can control how far you go; whilst some ladies are pictured with just the hem dipped in the sea, others are snapped setting fire to their gowns! You could get the groom involved for some shots of you being carried through the sea or you both cuddling in the mud in your wedding day attire – that’s true romance! Just be creative with it and see what ideas you can come up with.
Re-using your wedding dress tip 3: Turn it into a family heirloom
We spend so long planning our ‘happily ever after’ but often forget about the life of our wedding dress after the cake has been cut and the guests have sobered up. Instead of leaving your wedding dress to hang lifelessly in your wardrobe, you could try turning it into something that will be cherished forever. Perhaps it could be used to wrap another family member’s bouquet of flowers in when they get married, or they could sew part of it into their wedding dress. If you have babies in the family, or there’s one on the way, why not sew parts of your dress and your husband’s wedding attire into a blanket? Then you can wrap your baby in a symbol of your love. This is an item that can be passed down through generations and will always tell the story of your special day.
Re-using your wedding dress tip 4: Re-wear it
We know the wedding dress can only be worn once. You can’t go shopping in it, attend a party in it, or go to the beach in it, but it’s a shame really because it didn’t come cheap. There is a way of putting it to use in a more casual way though. Why not simply re-wear the bustier for a date with your hubby when you celebrate the anniversary of your wedding? Team it with a pencil skirt and blazer for a super chic date outfit and adapt it to contemporary fashion each year. You could make this into a tradition and wear it every anniversary to remind you both of one of the happiest day of your lives.
Re-using your wedding dress tip 5: Donate it
Some people pack away their dresses with the intention of preserving them for their daughters in the future, but when that time comes around the bride tends to want her very own design of dress to wear on her big day. If you’re not keen on making a keepsake out of your wedding dress, or you’d prefer a selfless way to recycle it, why not donate it to a charity? There are plenty out there that will be happy to take it off your hands and send it to a loving home. What’s more, you can choose which charity to support with your special gift. This is a sure-fire way to spread the good vibes of your wedding day to other, less fortunate people.