One of the biggest questions we get asked every week is, "What do I do with my wedding dress after the wedding day?" While the dress is amazing on the day of, it can sometimes be a hassle if it's only going to hang in the back of your closet for the rest of its time. There are options for your wedding dress, though. If you are looking to keep it for a future daughter or granddaughter or just keepsake, there are preservation companies. These companies will keep your dress from staining from age and keep them safe in ornate boxes. You can then display it or keep it in the back of the closet without fear of anything (or anyone) damaging it. These companies will usually preserve three accessory pieces as well; this could include a veil, sash, jewelry, garter, or anything else.
But what if you want to donate? Many people do not wish to keep their dress. If you are wishing to donate, why not make it for a good cause? Here are some of our favorite 10 ways your dress donation can mean something:
- Baby Burial Gowns: These gowns are for infants who pass away soon after birth. They are given to the parents to help ease the stress of funeral arrangements.
- Sex-Trafficking Prevention: There is a store in Portland that accepts wedding dress donations. All proceeds from the sale of the dresses go towards raising awareness and prevention of sex-trafficking.
- Make a Wish (for couples): Wish Upon a Wedding is a nonprofit who offers wedding and vow renewals for those with life-altering circumstances or serious illness.
- Support the Troops: Brides Across America gives wedding dresses to military brides and fiances. This is to help with the financial burden and the stress of planning a wedding.
- Southeast Michigan Girls in Need: Every Girls Dream, Inc. gives wedding dresses to those of low-income status so that they too can have dream day gown.
- Fight Cancer: The Bridal Project accepts recent gowns and sends all proceeds to Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor.
- New York Kids' Education: The Bridal Garden is a nonprofit in Manhattan that accepts bridal gowns and accessories. They send a portion of their proceeds to help towards the education of disadvantaged youth in NYC.
- Dress for Success:Cherie Armour accepts wedding gowns and formal attire of any time period to support Success in Style, a company that provides clothing to those in need of interview attire.
- Brides for Cause: A company located in Portland accepts wedding dresses and sends a portion of proceeds to support Brides Foundation, which raises funds for a multitude of women-centered charities.
- Widespread Charity Support: Fairytale Brides in Maryland accepts gowns, accessories, and other formal attire to support multiple charities including: Victims Rights Foundation, Suited for Change, Leukemia and Lymphoma Foundation, Kids Wish Network, Emerge, Inc, student in Haiti, and many others!
These are just a few ways to make your dream day someone else's dream, as well! If you'd like more information, you can visit any of these websites: