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Thread: What To Do With My Wedding Dress

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    What To Do With My Wedding Dress

    It sits in a box. I wore it once. It's no use to others because they wear white these days.

    I'm in a cleaning mode and part of me just wants to toss it. Help.
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    Gorgeous dress! Any grand daughters? Perhaps make them some little purses and dresses. Or baby doll quilts, a memory quilt to hand down.
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    Oh my goodness, it is so beautiful! how about some of the places that do reenactments or tourists places that show how folks lived at certain times. they would be grateful for a dress already made!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan View Post
    Oh my goodness, it is so beautiful! how about some of the places that do reenactments or tourists places that show how folks lived at certain times. they would be grateful for a dress already made!
    I agree. There must be some need for a lovely dress like that. Have you thought of selling it on eBay?? Or contacting the Renaissance fair??
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    How about a community theatre group? I could see it used in several plays. I do like the unique look of both of your outfits for a wedding!

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    What a lovely photo! It would be a shame to get rid of it or and please don't cut up your dress. I think you should hold on to it, says the woman with her prom dress and wedding dress from 1969 and 1976! It won't take up that much room.
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    I like the idea of a reinactment place. Does your husband have his to give as well?
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    You are in luck. Last night at our guild meeting, that very subject came up about what some people do with their wedding dresses if no one else will use them. Our guild was asked to make tiny blankets, hats and gowns for babies that are born too early and do not live. They are dressed up and swaddled in order for their loved ones to hold them. The hospital told us some of the gowns were made from wedding dresses. Most hospitals have a contact for organizations that sew the gowns and donate them. Some hospitals call them Angel babies, whom wear these gowns.

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    I had to look twice at your picture....You look exactly like my sister! Btw, that is a beautiful dress.
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    Charlotte, NC has a Renaisscance Festival every year. It goes on for about a month on the weekends. You might check with them to see if they have a need.

    http://www.carolina.renfestinfo.com/
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    Personally I wouldn't want to get rid of it. I know it would hurt to cut it, but I'd either make something to hand down to the grandkiddies, or make a keepsake out of it. (it's beautiful by the way). You two make a handsome couple

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    Such a beautiful, unique wedding dress; I don't believe I could cut it up! Likely, I would have it inside a shadow type box and hang it on a wall !
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    Our Neonatal ICU just had 8-10 nurses who donated their dresses for burial and christening gowns for the babies in the unit. Volunteers cut and sewed the outfits. Parents are brought to tears when they get these outfits and are so thankful to the staff that gave their gowns for this purpose.

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    It's beautiful. I still have my wedding dress from 29 years ago, so I can't advice discarding yours, but if you don't want it, I'd ask family if they'd like something made from it. If not, community theatre or reenactment folks would surely be thrilled to have it. Either way, you would know that it is a link to someone who enjoys history and quality craftsmanship like you do.

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    I kept my wedding dress for 47 years and then made it into a Christening Dress for my daughters first baby son, Levi, in 2013 and then in 2015 her second son, Matthias wore it as well.

    I only just had enough fabric and I had to do some careful planning before I cut the Christening dress out.
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    Betty J -- beautiful!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boston1954 View Post
    It sits in a box. I wore it once. It's no use to others because they wear white these days.

    I'm in a cleaning mode and part of me just wants to toss it. Help.
    Stunning wedding outfits! I think you two should start traveling to the Renaissance fairs together.... Mardi Gras.... Use the outfits as an excuse to travel!

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    How about donating it to a Civil War Reinactment Group? I know most states east of the Mississippi have them.

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    I would keep both outfits.
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    Don't talk to this girl about disposing of garments! I still have my mom's square dance dresses. She passed five years ago, but I can't bear to get rid of those ruffled, fluffy things. She made them all herself and was really tiny, so passing them on wasn't an option at the time. We could start a lace shop with the trimmings! LOL

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    What delights me the most Boston, is that you are still married. AND that means something. I'd hang on to the dress a bit longer. I love it. It looks like you chose a unique wedding theme, which made the day truly your own.
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    I have never seen a wedding dress like that. Must've been a beautiful wedding. I think you should keep it, it's lovely.
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    Well, I believe I will hang on to it. Jim would not want me to part with it. We will be married 21 years on May 6th, and these days, that is a long time.

    Thanks for all the nice comments, by the way. I do not imagine many people dress up 1776 for their ceremony.
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