It’s safe to say that I am obsessed with this post by the delightful Bex. I’ve been umming and aahing over what to do with my wedding dress for 2 and a half years now – and am still no closer to being brave enough to do anything with it! It’s currently hanging in an alcove in our our bedroom…I call it ‘art’.
Bex has some amazing ideas (of course she does) for her (gorgeous, beautiful, stunning) dress and we’d love to hear your thoughts too – what do you think Bex should do? What did you do with yours? (Say that like, ‘How do you eat yours?’ for the full effect.)
Over to the rdiculously talented and creative Bex…
AOWers – I need your help! What did you all do/plan to do with your wedding dress after the big event? Mine has been hanging in the spare room for 14 months now, *still *waiting to be cleaned!
I have worn it once since my wedding in a studio photo shoot with a photographer friend but I hadn’t quite decided what to do with it yet, most likely store it away neatly in the attic to be looked at maybe once or twice again in the future, possibly to be shown to my own daughter one day or maybe even passed down to her, should she want it (if I even have a daughter!)
I’m just not quite done with it yet. I always planned to do a ‘cherish the dress’ shoot in it, post-wedding. I can’t quite bring myself to ‘trash the dress’ given how much I love it and how much it cost!! Ironically, my new plan couldn’t be further from cherishing and yet it still is… I think…
I’M GOING TO CUT IT UP.
It was actually my Mum’s idea (when staying in the spare room with the imposing dress on the wardrobe door). The plan is to cut out the front section of the pattern at the bottom and have it framed. In a big, dark, wooden, old style, chunky frame which would make the delicate beading and embroidery stand out. That way I can see it every day and admire the beautiful detail while also remembering my dress and wedding day.
But that’s not all… I would also cut out the 2 side panels with some of the silk from the skirt to be sewn together into a christening style dress (very traditional, no?) although we won’t actually be christening our
children – but they could wear it for a humanist naming ceremony!
Still not done… I would have the bodice part finished at the bottom so it could be worn as a top! Imagine wearing part of your wedding dress again to a Christmas party with smart trousers and being able to say, this was my
wedding dress! Plus, it’s just SO pretty and sparkly and detailed! I would love to wear that bit again and again!
I think I could also make a couple of cushion covers or something out of the train too!? And maybe a 50′s style underskirt from the tulle underneath! So many uses and such a great way to get my money’s worth out of my beloved dress. However, before I can bring myself (if I even manage) to attack it with my fabric scissors, I want to wear it one last time for that outdoor shoot I always had in my head. Somewhere magical, maybe in a forest or on a beach, who knows!
This is where I need you, readers! Do you think I should go for it and cut it up? Do you think I’m crazy to do so? Can you recommend a (relatively cheap) photographer for a cherish the dress style photo shoot? (I want it
to remain in good condition so I can have it cleaned before the chop!) Any ideas for a fun photo shoot idea?? I had always thought it might be fun to do one with all my bridesmaids in their wedding dresses too, in an old
abbey or castle ruins maybe! (Not sure if I can pull that off though as they all now have young children and one has lost so much weight since her babies I think her dress might fall off her!)