Once the dust has settled on your divorce and you’re ready to move on with your life, it’s time to get rid of that old wedding dress taking up space in your closet.
After all, now is not the time to dwell in the past. It’s time to look forward to your new life as a single woman.
Here are a few ideas for what to do with a wedding dress after a divorce.
Reasons To Keep a Wedding Dress After Divorce
Wait a minute. I thought this was about getting rid of a wedding dress after a divorce? Well, for some divorcees, that will be the best choice. But there are also plenty of legitimate reasons to hang on to your wedding dress after a divorce.
Because it’s a fabulous dress
Finding your perfect wedding gown was no small feat. Finding the right wedding gown takes time, and then even more time is spent during alterations. But once you’ve got that perfect gown set for one of the most important days of your life, all that stress and time spent was worth it.
If you fell in love with your dress and it still has a place in your heart, there’s nothing wrong with keeping it in your home after a divorce.
Keep the dress for your daughter
Some families like to pass wedding dresses down as family heirlooms.
If your dress still has sentimental value to you despite your marriage not working out, hanging on to your dress for your daughter’s future wedding could be a good option.
It’s no secret that wedding dresses are expensive, and these expenses accumulate even more when you take alterations into account.
No one should feel like they can’t marry the love of their life due to financial reasons. For those looking to have a wedding on a modest budget, second-hand dresses can help keep expenses down.
You can donate your gown to an organization like goodwill for this purpose or any other number of charitable organizations that accept clothing donations.
If you think your wedding dress is still valuable, selling it is definitely worth looking into. This route is especially a good option if your wedding happened within the past couple of years.
According to Bridal Musings, gowns from the past two years can sell for as much as 50% of their original price.
Those who splurge for designer wedding gowns from big names like Vera Wang have even more of an incentive to sell. These sell easier and also fetch higher prices.
Repurpose Your Wedding Gown Into a Halloween Costume
Are you planning to dress up for Halloween this year? Why not repurpose your dress and get some scares (or laughs) while celebrating your new life as a single woman?
There are all kinds of directions you could go with this. If you like to go the scary route for Halloween, get some dark makeup and fake blood and go as a zombie bride.
Are you a big Tim Burton fan? You could go as the title character from his 2005 film, the Corpse Bride. Be creative, try to think of a costume that suits your interests, and have fun!