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#1 of 36 Old 03-11-2007, 04:24 PM - Thread Starter
 
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What did you do with yours?

I am not attached to mine. It needs to be cleaned and I wore it 6 years ago. I have no idea what it would cost to clean it. If I tried to sell it, I don't know if I would break even with the cleaning.

We are moving and I am trying to get rid of everything, but make a little money at the same time. We are having a moving sale, but I don't think I would get any takers for a wedding dress on a Marine base.

What to do, what to do
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I think I found the answer!

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http://www.makingmemories.org/brides...st_cancer.html
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I am not attached to mine. It needs to be cleaned and I wore it 6 years ago. I have no idea what it would cost to clean it. If I tried to sell it, I don't know if I would break even with the cleaning.
Those are my exact thoughts (uncleaned dress, six years this July :, who wants it now?). I keep thinking I will cut it up for something special for my girls but so far that "something special" has eluded me. Donating it is a great idea.
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If it is a "standard" wedding dress, you can use the washing machine with regular detergent. Then take it to a consignment store or donate it locally. A few dresses may be good for selling on eBAY, if you have a very large size dress or a high-end designer. You can "search completed auctions" to find out.

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I just dropped mine off at the thrift store a couple days ago(I got married last september), uncleaned. I wish I had known about the brides against breast cancer thing!
It's good to have it out of my hair though.

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It isn't a designer dress. I have been selling on eBay for a few years and I don't think I would get more than $50 for it. It is informal (no train or bustle) but has beads all over it. No washing machine. We took pics on the beach, so the bottom is dirty.

I e-mailed a contact for the charity to ask if the dress needs to be cleaned before I send it. The website said, "If possible, an additional $10 donation will help with the cost of preparing your dress for sale". I will post and let other people know in case they want to get rid of their dresses too.
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I'm saving mine on the chance that I have a dd. I'm hoping to make a christening dress from it.
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My wedding dress is one of the few sentimental things I am keeping. I had it cleaned and it is stored in a special box in my closet. I loved wearing that dress!
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What a great organization. I don't have a wedding dress (I have no interest in marriage) but I've been in several weddings and would have gladly donated my bridesmaid dress to this organization. I have no sentimental attachment to them. As it turns out, I'm in yet again another wedding in November so know just where to unload the dress when I'm done with it. I'll see if the rest of the wedding party (all 12 of us which includes all my sisters and nieces) want to donate theirs as well.

Thanks for sharing the link!

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I think mine is in the closet at my parents' house. Honestly, I have no idea where else it could be. :

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Donating my wedding gown sounds like a great idea. I think my dh would be devastated. He was upset when I died the shoes I wore at our wedding to match a bridesmaid dress I was wearing. He is so overly sentimental. But then I think, maybe my dd will want to wear it some day. I am torn. I would not mind reclaiming that bit of closet space the giant box takes up. Maybe I will save the veil for dd.

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I think I found the answer!

Brides Against Breast Cancer
http://www.makingmemories.org/brides...st_cancer.html
Thanks for posting this! What a wonderful idea!!!

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I donated mine to a local charity that lends out dresses to brides who can't afford a new one. I had this planned before the wedding, when I chose to have a brand new dress made rather than rent one.

And then my Mom went ahead and had it professionally cleaned and hermetically sealed in a box designed to keep it in mint condition for the next 30 years. I had figured she'd just get it cleaned and I'd donate it on a hanger, in a plastic bag like most dry cleaning comes home in. I have no idea how much extra it cost her to have it prepared like that.

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I had mine made into a baptism gown for my daughters.
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I too made mine into a baptismal gown for my DDs. My aunt had hers made into a first communion gown for her DD.
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"We also accept complete sets of bridesmaid dresses, veils, slips, shoes, mother’s dresses and flower girl gowns."


Does that mean they won't take an individual bridesmaid dress?
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A couple of years ago I donated mine to the organization that USMCbaby posted.
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Oh, I could NEVER get rid of my wedding dress. I had mine cleaned and professionally sealed in a box. It's in my Hope chest in my room. I love it!

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(It's got the original plastic bag over it...)

I have 2 daughters; maybe one of them will want it? I didn't want my moms (she wore a lavender colored dress) so maybe my girls won't want mine either?

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*I got married 13 years ago.
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I think I found the answer!

Brides Against Breast Cancer
http://www.makingmemories.org/brides...st_cancer.html
Another big thank you for posting this! Mine will be heading that way as soon as I find a box.


me dh ds1 (11/04) ds2 (7/10) and
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I am sending my dress away this week!!

I am so excited. I don't want to get my dress professionally cleaned and saved it in a box forever. I am in love with my husband and have beautiful pictures to remember our wedding day, but I am not attached to my dress. Off it goes!!

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My husband is going to make it into a christening gown for any more children. (We did not think of it for baby #1, who is now 3 years old). It is not a particularly expensive dress. Paid less than $100 after discounts on it.

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I am sending my dress away this week!!

I am so excited. I don't want to get my dress professionally cleaned and saved it in a box forever. I am in love with my husband and have beautiful pictures to remember our wedding day, but I am not attached to my dress. Off it goes!!

Good for you!!!!!
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I wore my moms dress for my first wedding in 1988. It had been in the closet uncleaned since 1961. They had to chalk (cover) a coffee stain but aside from that it was beautiful. It's now properly cleaned and stored...at mom's house
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My 7 year old dress went to the Salvation Army a few months ago un-washed. I wish I had donated it sooner, that sucker took up space!
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I donated mine last year. I wish I had done it sooner.

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My dress is in the closet in a plastic bag, cleaned and wearable. It is a simple dress that I'd like to tea stain and wear to other weddings or formal events.

If I don't tea stain it, I'll make something for DS should he get married. A bag for cards, hankie, ring bag something. There is not much else we have sentimental to pass on, my cousin made it for me and it doesn't take up a lot of room.
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I want to get rid of mine. But I really need the money for this move and my dress is pretty nice, though not real expensive. I may try to sell it on ebay.

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I will be married 6 years in July and mine wasn't cleaned either, that is strange I don't even really know how dirty it got, shouldn't have been too bad. Don't know if I will keep it, if I have a girl hopefully she won't be as heavy as I was That might make it sell better because larger dresses are hard to find, but I am trying to decide if it is something I want or not to either keep intact or make something out of it.

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never got to wear mine: we had to get married fast due to him bieng deployed the first time it has been four deployments later and still havent gotten to wear it. It is rather simple and classic not bad classic but pretty and want to wear it if we ever renew our vowes and i can get the wedding i dreamed of with my hubby the man i dreamed of walking down and actual isle instead of a backyard wedding with streamers left from fourth of july bad wedding but i am still happy we got married he is perfect: :

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