If you’re anything like me you absolutely insisted that you needed to buy your wedding dress. Renting a gown was complete nonsense—you want to keep your dress forever!!
Well, even though your wedding dress carries a lot of memories with it, there are many brides who look back on their decision to purchase with regret. Many wedding dresses simply sit in the closet as years pass by until they are one day gotten rid of or forgotten.
There are a few things you can do if you keep your wedding dress and decide you don’t want it anymore years later. Here are just 5 good options to consider:
Donate It: There are many good causes out there that could benefit from your wedding dress donation. Places like Goodwill or Salvation Army would be glad to take it off your hands and sell it for a good cause. You can also check out Making Memories, and help the Brides Against Breast Cancer if you’d rather.
Sell It Yourself: This option might make it a little harder to let your dress go, but if you’re tight on money (especially the first year or two!) selling might be a good option.
Recycle It: No, I don’t mean turn it into your local recycling center. I mean you could turn the fabric into another memorable piece. If you are religious, you could take your dress to a tailor and have the material turned into baptism clothing or a christening gown for one of your children a few years down the road.
Get Sewing: If you’d like to keep your dress as an heirloom that would be a little more visible in your home, you could deconstruct it and turn the material into a quilt. This way you would still have a precious memory to pass on, but it would never have to be resized.
Hold onto It: If you’re the sentimental type and you have no regrets about buying your dress, there’s nothing wrong with keeping it. Maybe one day your daughter, granddaughter, even a niece or would like to wear it and start a family legacy of sorts. If not, you’ll still have an amazing memory from one of the happiest days of your life!
I found this cool video on YouTube about how to make these very cute wedding favors from Jordan almonds. The video shows a very detailed explanation on how to make these Jordan Almond Flower favors. They are a unique idea that would complement any wedding decor.
If you aren’t looking to make your own favors, but want some affordable options – check out the wedding favors here at Truly Wedding Favors. You can find a variety of beautiful favors in every price range.
You want your wedding to be unique, but it seems like everything different you could do has already been done before. Maybe that’s why some people spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on their wedding—so they can have an unforgettable, unique event and nothing but good memories for the rest of their lives.
Maybe, though, if you are creative enough, you can come up with a wedding plan that features something amazing without spending ungodly amounts of money. Something beautiful that symbolizes love; something that that you and your guests have likely never experienced before: a butterfly release.
Granted, a butterfly release is best suited for an outdoor wedding (I have no idea how you’d gather them up again if you released them indoors), but even if your wedding is indoors, there are ways to incorporate a butterfly release. If, for example, you are married in a chapel, the butterfly release could be timed to occur as you and your guests exit the building.
In any case, there are a few basics you might want to consider if you choose to have a butterfly release at your wedding:
Butterflies can be released individually or all together from a large box. If you’d like each of your guests to release a butterfly, you would want to look into the first option. If you have a young flower girl or ring bearer, however, releasing all the butterflies might be a very meaningful task for them.
The butterflies are typically kept chilled on ice until the time of the release. Just to make sure the release goes off without a hitch, you’ll want to let them thaw about a half hour before they are freed.
Many butterfly vendors also offer decorative cages where the butterflies can be viewed as centerpieces before they are released. If you are planning an outdoor reception, releasing the butterflies at dusk might be an ideal option.
Most butterfly vendors are actually butterfly nurseries where butterflies are raised. If you hope to plan a butterfly release for your wedding, make sure to place your order in advance: two to three months is ideal; six weeks is cutting it really close.
Have you ever thought of making your own wedding invitations?
I never would have even considered it until I saw this video.
Melissa Nyssen, owner of FormalInvitations.com, explains how you can create very unique, expensive-looking wedding invitations for less than a dollar each.
You select a background card and printable overlay paper, then connect it together with embellishments like sheer ribbon, a minature silk flower, or a cute metal charm. You can buy all the supplies you need to make the invitations from FormalInvitations.com.
Another plus is these invitations are eco-friendly. The handmade petal and silk papers from Formal Invitations are from recycled cotton, while their other papers use post-consumer fibers and are processed chlorine free.
Watch this video to learn more how to make the invitations, it’s very cool.