Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Wedding Dresses

While we were on our honeymoon, my mom paid to have my wedding dress cleaned and sealed in an archival box. Its sitting in the guest room closet in the basement. I’m not sure how I feel about that. It’s in a BOX, so I haven’t seen it since the wedding. I would love to be able to get the dress out every now and then to look at it. It definitely wouldn’t fit, but it has a corset back so I would probably be able to put it on if I didn’t lace it. I’m glad the dress will last, but for what? My mom still has her dress and neither my sister or I wore it. My youngest sister isn’t married yet, but I don’t see her wearing it, either. Some days I almost convince myself to rip open the box and hang the dress in the closet so I can look at it. It’s gorgeous. I want to see it!

They were talking about this on the radio a couple weeks ago and a woman called in to say twice a year, she puts on her wedding dress and deep cleans her house. She says gets so excited about getting to wear her wedding dress, it makes her look forward to cleaning. She has a fun weekend cleaning in the wedding dress and a tiara and feels she does a better job cleaning because she’s having so much fun and because her house needs to be clean enough for a princess (her). This really does sound like fun, but, as I said, my dress doesn’t fit. Also, I’m not sure I’d be able to take it when the dress got ruined. This woman's dress is covered in stains and has a burn.

I suppose I could use the dress as an incentive to lose weight. I maintained a strict diet-exercise regimen for over a YEAR prior to my wedding, to look as fantastic as possible in the dress. Every time I wanted to eat something bad for me, I’d focus on the wedding dress. I bet it would work again!  (although not while I'm pregnant)

What did you do with your wedding dress?


  1. Sold it on ebay. I got about 1/3 the price I paid for it but I was happy that someone else got to wear it and I didn't have to store it. We have a small place. I say set it free!

  2. I had my dress heirloomed, too. It's expensive, so I don't know that I would suggest opening it up just to peek at it once. I have a couple of friends who put on their dress every year on their anniversary.

    It depends on what style your dress is - the likelihood of your child wearing your dress. I used lace from my mom's dress for my garter, but my mom made her very simple, VERY HIPPIE 70's wedding dress and I just couldn't handle the thought of wearing her dress. I'd be very happy if my child wanted to wear even a portion of my dress - if she wants to cut it up and use some of the fabric for her garter or cut off the skirt and use the bodice with another type of skirt... whatever.

  3. Mama Fuss: My mom paid $140 to have the dress cleaned and preserved, which is why although I wish I could open the box to look at it I don't. Although I wonder sometimes, since her dress was dry-cleaned, but not sealed in any way and it still looks GREAT even though its hung in the attic (covered by only a plastic dry-cleaner bag) for almost 20 years. (My parents got married almost 30 years ago, but my aunt wore the dress in her wedding 19 years ago)