Thursday, October 13, 2016

What To Do With Your Bridal Gown After the Wedding

You've said your "I do's," the photos are taken, toasts were made, and your wedding day has come to an end. There may never be another occasion to wear the most special of special occasion gowns - your wedding dress! What should you do with your bridal gown after the wedding? Venus Bridal has a few helpful ideas.

Have It Professionally Cleaned - ASAP!
You do not want to wait very long after the wedding day to have your dress cleaned. Even if there were no spills, oils from your body are on the gown simply from wearing it all day long. These can cause permanent stains if they are left unattended.

A Venus Bridal wedding dress is made from only the highest quality materials, and these tend to be very delicate. A professional dry cleaner that specializes in wedding dresses will know how to take care of it without doing any damage. Attempting to clean it yourself will most likely have unfavorable results. This is a task best left to the pros. 

Once your wedding dress is clean, you need a plan for what will happen to it next. Do not leave it in the plastic bag from the cleaners. Plastic fumes can cause the material to yellow over time. Also, keeping it on a hanger can be bad for the shape of the dress over time. Folding it and placing it in a chest, away from extreme temperatures and light, will keep it in much better condition.

Preserve the Dress
If you know that the gown will not be worn again for a very long time, you might consider having it professionally preserved. Your dry cleaner may provide this service. Wedding dress preservation involves packaging the gown in an acid-free, archival box that keeps it from deteriorating or staining. Someday, if another family member chooses to wear your wedding dress, it will look like brand new when you remove it from its box. 

Turn It Into A Keepsake
For the bride that knows for a fact that the dress will not be worn again, a little creativity and a talented seamstress can turn it into something brand new. Possibly a cocktail dress for you to wear on your first anniversary, or even some lingerie for the anniversary night. Another sentimental item that your bridal gown could be turned into is a christening gown for your first child, or a bassinet cover or baby blanket. 

If you prefer to keep the dress intact, you can use small pieces of it, taken from an inconspicuous spot, to make keepsakes like a Christmas tree ornament for your first married holiday together, or place a small swatch in a locket along with a photo from the wedding.  

Donate The Gown
Every woman deserves to look and feel beautiful on her wedding day, but sometimes circumstances won't allow for the purchase of even an affordable bridal gown. Donating your dress so that someone else can use it for their special day is a wonderful thing to do.

There are many incredible charities that accept wedding dresses to distribute to those less fortunate. The three listed below are a good place to start, but a search online may give you results in your local area.

  • Wish Upon A Wedding - This group not only takes donations of dresses for brides, but also finds wedding vendors to donate other services as well.
  • Brides Across America - They specialize in offering free bridal gowns to military brides and first responders.
  • Little Angel Gowns - Donating your dress to an organization like this provides the material to make garments for babies that have left their family unexpectedly. This particular group distributes their tiny gowns to hospitals all over the country. 

Venus Bridal strives to make fashionable wedding dresses that reflect the importance and beauty of your very special day. Once you are finished wearing your bridal gown, we hope that the information above will help you to preserve it for future generations or turn it into something equally as meaningful to you. 

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