I love my dress. However, I wonder what is the point of preserving it, vacuum-sealing it in a box and carting it around with me for the rest of my life? I don't expect my daughter to wear it, and I have lots of photos of myself in it. Hmm. That's my thought process so far.
Did anyone donate and then regret?
Mama to F(06/11/09) and baby boy C (06/09/11)
DS: 18 DD: 15 DD: 8 11/10 4/11
DD: 3 8/11
ETA: DD can change her mind at any time and it doesn't affect my decision to keep my wedding dress. She can wear it or not. Her choice. We have a lot of fun with it meanwhile!
"Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless." - Mother Teresa
But I am thinking about getting rid of it when we move. What point is there in carting it around? I'm not going to ever wear it again, especially since it is kinda see-through and I had to get a special slip made for it (by my grandma), which I no longer have. I may not even have a daughter, and if I do, I'm going to encourage her to wear whatever she wants to get married in. Maybe there'll be another $105 JC Penney's dress around. And we already have special christening gowns and such in the family, even though we don't baptize our kids so...
Yeah, no reason to keep it. I think I've just convinced myself. Of course, I don't know about you or your wedding dress, I think I was just talking to myself here.
Mommy to an exuberant 3 yo and a new one!
I doubt anyone would want it now.
will I really ever have something made from it and do I even want a pillow or quilt?
My dress has an upper bodice totally covered with flowers made of pink quartz-like stones and crystal/glass beads. I thought about popping off all the stones and beads and maybe making a necklace or something out of them to keep for my DD. But why rip up the dress and make it useless when someone could wear it, and it could be used to raise money for a good cause? I don't know.
Mama to F(06/11/09) and baby boy C (06/09/11)
I asked DH and he doesn't seem to care, so I might just get the ball rolling.
A couple of years ago I donated it to a local church. They make gowns for a ceremony they have with babies – I believe it is a dedication.
It's a little different since I've been divorced and remarried for many years; I am glad to be rid of the dress.
~Traci, wife to DH 4-88. Mom to 3 homebirthed sons, 22,20&17
The Blue Door Farmhouse & traci.mymomentis.biz
ETA: My mom kept hers and she pulled it out once, when I got engaged (not to try to get me to wear it, just to show me)... I don't think she's ever pulled it out besides that one time. And if you have a daughter I'm sure she'd want to pick out her own dress (and imagine how much the styles will change in 20-30 years!!)
Right now it is stuffed in to my Mother's cedar chest.
I'll try it in the summer when I'm back in my home country.
Andrea , wife to K , mother to
That said, I'm sentimental about stuff like that. I think donating a wedding dress is a fine idea if you are not the sentimental type.
I love Edward and we love our Libby (8/07) and 'Nana' (05/09 ) and Eowyn (11/11) We are having a blast and .
My sister and I used to play with my mom's dress, which my grandmother stored at her house. But then my grandma gave away the hoop skirt that went under it, and then it wasn't so much fun anymore. The dress is still around somewhere, I suspect at my sister's house. We both planned to wear it for our weddings but it was just too tiny in the waist, with a gazillion buttons up the back. No room for alteration at all.
I am starting to feel burdened by all the stuff we have and it is a long process letting things go that have been handed down to me - so OP, if you are "done" with your dress, go ahead and donate and don't give it a second thought!
My dress from my second wedding was something I already owned and had worn (which I bought vintage in the first place), and (assuming I lose the baby weight and can fit into it ever again) will be wearable again, so I haven't donated it.
Spouse (the political geek) * Stepdaughter (the artist) * and introducing...the Baby (um, he's a baby? He likes shiny things).
My sister rented hers.
The only thing that bugs me.. I really wish they would let you send your name and email address with the dress. I always wonder who bought it and I wish I could hear from that girl or see a picture and know that she enjoyed the dress as much as I did.
Katie, sahm to two wild and crazy guys (8/07) and (3/10) and their sweet new baby sister (4-1-13)
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