I’m Donating My Wedding Dress

It’s amazing what you find when you clean out your storage room

I found my Wedding Dress!

Chris and I have been married for just over 12 1/2 years and my dress has been collecting dust in the basement for the same amount of time.

I would like to say that I had it dry cleaned right after our wedding but unfortunately that wasn’t the case. I had good intentions but that never happened. After our wedding, it went right into a big white plastic bag and then into a Rubbermaid bin.

I’ve been spending a lot of time reflecting on what types of things are important for me to hold onto and what things I am ready to pass on. My wedding dress is something that I no longer feel I need to keep as our wedding photos provide the wonderful memories we have of our wedding.

I know some people are sentimental about their wedding dress and want to hold onto it for their family members. I personally have never thought about holding onto my dress for our daughter. If she gets married, she can choose to wear whatever she wants at that time. So I figured it was time to pass it along and let someone else enjoy its beauty on their wedding day.

What can you do with your Wedding Dress?

Donation Time

I found a local bridal shop that accepts previously loved wedding gowns and sells them at a reduced price to new brides. All of the proceeds then go to supporting Cancer Charities in our local area. So that is where my dress is going.

What is in your home that you don’t need to be storing in a bin in your basement because it is just taking up space? Do you have something that someone else can get better use of by donating it?

Let me know, have you done anything with your wedding dress? Have you sold it? Have you donated it or have you re-purposed it in some way? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

Have a great week!


4 Responses

  1. Carolyn says:

    My grandmother was married in Russia at the time of the Russian revolution when most items wer very scarce. Her wedding gown was sewn by an older sister who pieced together bits of scrap lace for the top and used plainer fabric for the skirt.
    A year or two later, the skirt was cut up to make a few diapers for her first baby (my mother).

    • simplehappy says:

      Carolyn, that’s amazing to hear how resourceful your grandmother was with her wedding dress. Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. Anneli Kaethler says:

    While I don’t have a wedding dress, I did find 3 bridesmaids dresses in my office closet while clearing it out, plus my highschool grad dress which I particularly liked. It was handmade using material I brought back from China. I wore it to many weddings or formal events since then. But post baby these hips don’t fit in it anymore. I heard about a group in my city who collect prom outfits for highschool students who otherwise might not be able to afford formal wear. I’m hoping these items will be of use to someone else, rather than collecting more dust in my closet.

    • simplehappy says:

      Hi Anneli,
      That sounds like such a wonderful program to help high school students be able to afford dresses for prom. It’s nice to know that some of your sentimental pieces are being put to good use through a good cause. I love it!

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