7 sophisticated ideas to restyle or repurpose your gown

Congratulations! You’re married to your best friend! Now that it’s time to settle into your newlywed life, you might be wondering what you can do with your beautiful gown post-ceremony. Whether you prefer to preserve it or turn it into lingerie, here are the best ideas for what to do with your wedding dress after the wedding.

Restyle or repurpose your wedding gown and make it part of your wardrobe staples:

We love the idea of re-wearing your wedding gown as a restyled piece that is unique to you. With a little help from your tailor, you can have a beautiful and interesting statement piece. You can create timeless pieces that are perfect for a night out or elegant pieces that are ideal for a formal event.

  1.       Turn the bodice of your wedding dress into a bodysuit: Ask your tailor to remove the skirt of your gown from the bodice to turn it to an elegant and chic bodysuit you can wear with skirts or pants.
  2.       Make a skirt à la Carrie Bradshaw: You know that iconic tulle skirt Carrie Bradshaw wears in the opening credits of Sex and The City? That’s what we’re talking about.
  3.       If you have more of a wild side you could dye a dress to turn it into an evening gown: This idea doesn’t work well for ball gown dresses but if your dress silhouette is A-line, sheath or mermaid, you can die your dress to turn into an elegant evening gown. We suggest sticking with rich and moody colors like burgundy or black. Check out Pinterest for ideas. Search the keywords “lace evening gown”.
  4.       Make a lace-trimmed satin robe: If your dress has lace, you can ask your tailor to use the lace from your dress to add it to a satin or silk robe to give a chic and personalized touch.
  5.       Turn it into lingerie: The company Impish Lee- Customizable Intimates turns your wedding gown into stunning and unique lingerie.
  6.       Lace from your dress can be turned into gorgeous Jewelry: Gabe Bratton Hall from Gabrielle Jewelry turns wedding gown fabrics into luxurious one-of-a-kind metal jewelry pieces. Your dress can become stylish couture earrings, broaches, bracelets, or necklaces.
  7.       Make baby attire for a christening or first birthday: If you plan to have children you can turn your wedding dress fabric into gorgeous and meaningful clothing for a baby’s christening or first birthday. Your babies can celebrate a milestone wearing a piece that is extra special to you and your family.

Preserve your wedding dress with traditional preservation or in a frame:

Your wedding dress is probably the most significant piece of clothing you will ever wear. If you spent years dreaming about the perfect wedding dress and altering it makes your cringe, conserve your dress and keep it as a reminder of your wedding day.

  1.       Preserve it through a cleaning and preserving company or service: Wedding gown cleaning and preservation can be tricky so we don’t recommend doing it at home. Both BRIDES and The Knot have guides on their websites that detail how to preserve your wedding dress. They are both excellent resources. The Knot also offers a wedding dress preservation services.
  2.       Frame your wedding dress to have it displayed: A wedding dress in a shadowbox frame makes a great décor piece for any girl’s dream closet.

Get philanthropic:

Recycling your wedding dress is not only good for the environment but also good for the heart! We’ve listed a few suggestions here but there are countless organizations that use donated wedding gowns to make a difference. We also suggest a Google search to find the local organizations in your city.

  1.       Donate it for breast cancer: Brides Against Breast Cancer works to raise funds for breast cancer.
  2.       Donate it to help exploited and trafficked women: New Name Bridal Boutique is an example of a boutique that uses donations and store profits to support victims of trafficking.
  3.       Donate it to help brides of first responders: Brides Across America is a non-profit that helps support brides of military & first responders by providing them a free wedding dress.