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Wedding Dresses ~ 3 thoughts

I can’t tell you how many wedding gowns I find stuffed in the back of closets.  Some of those are from failed marriages.  Some of you have stored them at your parents house.  Some of you have them stored at your house.  You may not want your child to be forced to choose between the dress of her dreams and the dress of your dreams.  What if you only have son’s?  Probably they will not want Mom’s wedding dress. Just saying.

Wedding dress photo by Brandon Morgan-1431361426216-5b0506d60eb9.jpg
Wedding Dress photo by Brandon Morgan

The ghosts of weddings past…  You spent a lot of money on this dress.  You wore it one time.  Now what to do with it?  Well I have three options you can give consideration to.

  1. Wish upon a Wedding – Is a non-profit program granting weddings  and vow renewals to couples facing serious illnesses.  This is their link to donate a dress. Wish Upon a Wedding – About
  2. Brides Across America – Giving bridal gowns to Military brides.  They  also accept veils, tiaras and accessories  and they are always in need of small to plus size gowns.  Go to this link to inquire about donating your gown. Give a Dress
  3. NICU Helping Hands – I  just learned about this program where brides donate their wedding dresses to be made into Angel Dresses for infants who did not get to come home from the hospital.  At the present moment they are not accepting gowns.  They are needing help with shipping costs.  I would think there needs change on a regular basis. For more information this is their link.- NICU Helping Hands

Even if you decide these programs are not right for you.  I encourage you should check to see if there is an organization in your area doing this type of thing.  There are ways to let go of your wedding dress without feeling any guilt.  Plus you would be paying it forward.

Bernadette also recommended  Just another idea – I made my first child’s Christening gown from my bridal gown.

Have a great day!  Pamela

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Ghost of wedding dress past





I am from Oklahoma. Now living the dream in Arizona. I'm a sassy, creative and outspoken southern gal. I believe that if you can read you can go anywhere. One of my favorite sayings is "If you knew you could not fail what would you do?" I enjoy helping other people. My friends know that I’m the queen of useless trivial knowledge and I will not hesitate to use it.

35 thoughts on “Wedding Dresses ~ 3 thoughts

  1. My girlfriend’s daughter broke her engagement after purchasing the bridal gown (of course😕) but she donated it to Brides Across America. I think donating is a fabulous idea that needs to be spread. Hope you link it to the Senior Salon. Glad you wrote this. Just another idea – I made my first child’s Christening gown from my bridal gown.

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  2. My dress was hand-made by a lady my best friend recommended. I got to pick out the pattern, the buttons, lace, etc. It was so fun! It is a simple dress that cost about $65, which I thought was a fortune at that time. ha ha

    The dress is old and yellowed now, but it’s one of the few things I haven’t thrown out in all my years of decluttering. I try it on every few years just to enjoy the excitement of knowing it still fits. 🙂 Once I used it for a Halloween costume.

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  3. Lovely post Pam!! Donating the wedding gown is an amazing idea! I’m not married yet.. But I do understand the kind of emotions associated with the wedding gown and throwing it is certainly not the right thing do. Donating it to brides that might not be able to buy one for themselves could mean so much to both parties! I am absolutely for the idea ^_^

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  4. Excellent information. Unfortunately, our family had the huge loss of an expected baby girl. She received a lovely little dress to wear from NICU. The mother wanted to donate her wedding gown but as you say they are not taking gowns at this time. But they are welcoming funds for shipping, thread, scissors, etc. This is a wonderful informative post. Thank you

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  5. I think you must be hiding in my mom’s cedar closet!! I believe she has 3 wedding dresses hanging in there…..hers, mine and my sister’s dress. My sister in law used hers for her first grandbabies baptism outfit. I wish I had thought of that when my first grandchild was born. These all sound like good ideas. I do have my grandma’s dress… aunt kept it in a shoebox. Dresses were not so elaborate back then.

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