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Thread: What did you do with your wedding dress?

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    Senior Member hannajo's Avatar
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    A few posts on this board lately show gorgeous things to make with wedding and bride maid dresses.

    But I was recently bickering with my mother about what to do with mine. She was set on taking it to get it preserved and boxed to save for years and years. I, on the other hand, wanted to donate it to the local thrift store. I had such a good day in it that it would make me feel even better thinking that someone else could have such a great day in that dress. My philosophy is that stuff is meant to be used, not stored in attics.

    So what have you done with yours?

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    Mine is in a box in my mother's attic. She holds out hope that my youngest will want to get married in it.

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    After 40 1/2 years, it's still hanging in the hall closet in a dry cleaner's bag. I was going to make baby blessing dresses for my grandchildren, but that didn't happen, so am not sure what I will do with it. My mom made it, so I will keep it and use it for a special project.

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    My mom has mine, she wont let me have it, for some crazy reason she thinks I'll cut it up and make something out of it. Now what gave her that idea?

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    Mine is in my closet I put it on every once in a while to remember that day. I had so much fun and it was such a beautiful dress!

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    Also in a nice box at my mom & dad's ... right beside hers :)

    They just celebrated their 55th anniversary - my sister and I got to put on her dress a couple times when we were little, and our daughters got to model them too.

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    Mine is hanging upstairs at my mom's she keeps asking what I am going to do with it. I had 5 boys maybe my granddaughter will want it! LOL

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    Mine is thrown way at the back of the closet and will probably be thrown out one day. Wouldn't fit me now anyway.

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    Mine is in the attic, hanging from a hook. I have boys, so I don't think either of them will be interested in it. I should toss it next time I get a cleaning bug. We got married in the mid 70's and the dress is a rayon or poly fabric. Not worth making christening dresses out of it, but I have my Mom's dress and it is a lovely satin and it is 56 years old.

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    Hanging in a closet...for 33 years...I plan on using it to make a christening gown someday for a grandchild (have none ...my boys aren't married yet)...and with leftover, may play and make some quilt blocks embellished with lace, buttons, etc. for pillows or something.

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    I wore it and so did my sister..she has it somewhere..she's still married. Me? not so much :lol: :lol: I suppose she'll do with it what she wants. Its not the style either of our daughters would get caught dead in!! Hmmm. there's an idea..I could wear it then... ;-)

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    Mine's in my Mom's closet. I think it's going to stay there - the marriage didn't work out so well! It's way too 70's for my 3 girls' taste, and my boys probably won't use it BUT, making a Grandbaby christening dress...it's a Gunne Sax cotton voile Edwardian...hm...maybe when I have that extra time?

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    I made mine. It cost $7.00. I threw it out when the marriage ended. Seemed like a good idea at the time...

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    Mine is in a box in my wardrobe. Miss almost 15 tried it on a few weeks ago and looked beautiful!

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    I made mine. It's crunched into a ball in a garbage bag, stuffed in the attic.

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    Mine is at my Mom's house. I let my cousin wear it for her wedding. I still think its a beautiful dress... just doesn't have much meaning after my divorce.

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    Mine is in a tot in storage... mother and I designed it :D Was hoping my dd would wear it but it id too small for both of them...I was 95 lbs when I got married

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    Mine is hanging in my closet. Every now and again, when I open the closet door, I look at it and smile. I have no idea what to do with the thing. I feel like I should do something with it (it did cost quite a bit!), but don't know what to do. It's so gorgeous I'm afraid to cut it up. It's got a modern style - so maybe my future daughter (assuming I have one) will like it...

    Then again in 20-25 years, this could be quite outdated!

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    I had saved mine for my daughter, but it went up with the rest of the stuff when our house burned when she was a junior in high school. She doesn't want a white dress anyway, of course I could have tea dyed it if it had survived.

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    Mine is stored in the attic which is insulated. It is a princess style that is still being made even though I got married 20 years ago. Very pretty ivory silk taffeta. I hope my daughter will want to wear it. My mom couldn't find hers when I got married. I couldn't have worn it anyway. She weighed 95lbs and I weighed 130. Can't let something out that much!

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    I have two :oops: . The first is a pretty simple white dress, knee length with a little lace edge jacket...not really suitable to cut up as it is such light material, this is in a calico bag in the bottom of my wardrobe. My second is a stunning, long, off the shoulder dress with a beautiful bodice and is a lovely shade of purple....has a veil, with flowers and I had the shoes covered in fabric to compliment the dress, this is stored on my shelf in the bridal shop box wrapped in acid proof paper. I wouldn't cut this up for the world.

    Problem is...I only have sons (mine and steps), so maybe I'll have to wait 'til I have a grand daughter!

    I do have a matron-of-honour dress, that was made for me when I attended my ex-SIL's wedding....beautiful rose taffetta....(horrible 80's milkmaid design)....I see a quilt in it's future...maybe divided between two....Though I haven't seen her for years - I could maybe send it to her, if it ever gets off the "to do list" - she's still married to the same guy - so it might be a nice thing to have?...

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    I'm pretty sure I threw mine away. It was a simple just below the knee length dressy dress. Not a "real" wedding dress.

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    I eloped 35 years ago, the dress I had made to be married in ended up being used in a dress for my baby daughter! We have a pic of her in it somewhere. Hummmmmm...........I should dig that out sometime!!!

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    My mother made mine - it was very pretty and stylish at the time. Donated it about 12 months later as I knew I wouldn't alter it to use for another occasion and thought someone else may as well get some use out of it while it was still fashionable.

    I'm not sentimental about clothes. Getting married was the important part to me - not what I wore.

    My daughter was married not that long ago. She would not have worn it in a fit (times have changed) even if I had saved it.

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    I dyed mine red and gave it to the Goodwill (1st marriage).

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