What to Do With Your Wedding Dress After the Big Day

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Many brides dream of their wedding day long in advance, and one of the main areas of focus is the dress. There's this sort of mythological wonder placed upon the hunt for the wedding dress, which sometimes leaves brides feeling overwhelmed and pressured to find perfection—something that doesn't truly exist. 

When you consider the fact that you'll likely wear this gown for a total of 8-10 hours on one day, it makes it a little hard to swallow that sticker price. Of course, if you've got your heart set on a designer wedding dress and it's one of your top priorities, by all means, you should follow your heart. The following list of ideas will not only share what to do with your wedding dress but ways you can recoup some of the cost after your big day.

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    Get Your Dress Cleaned

    Whether your wedding was indoors or outdoors, it's likely that your gown will get some wear and tear. Sweat, makeup, dirt, and smudges could cover your dress. The best plan of attack is to get your dress professionally cleaned as soon as possible after your wedding to keep any stains from settling in. Even if your dress doesn't look soiled, it's a good idea to get it cleaned before storage or resale.

    If you're jetting off on your honeymoon right away, be sure to ask your Maid of Honor or even your Mother to take care of dropping your dress at the cleaners soon after the wedding day. This will help ensure that the cleaning is taken care of promptly to avoid any staining.

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    Consider Preserving Your Dress

    Preparing to preserve your wedding dress is something you should keep in mind from the get-go. When you've chosen your dress, be sure to consult the tag or the consultant to ask about the best ways to clean or preserve your wedding gown.

    All gowns should be cleaned before storing or preserving, so make sure not to skip step one! Make sure you have your cleaner give you the chance to inspect your gown after cleaning and before it is packed for storage. If you're planning to hold onto your dress, perhaps to wear again or to pass it on to a future generation, you'll want to make sure it is packaged in an acid-free archival box.

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    Store Your Dress

    Once your dress has been properly cleaned and preserved, you may choose to store it. One thing to keep in mind is to keep your dress and the box out of natural or artificial light that can alter the state of the fabric. It's best to store your wedding dress in a dark, interior room such as a closet. Another important note is that you'll want to store the dress box in a cool, dry place, free from any humidity or extreme temperatures.

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    Sell Your Wedding Dress

    Perhaps you splurged on the dress of your dreams but don't want to sit with that heavy expense forever. One way you can wear that designer dress for less is to resell your gown after the big day. Thanks to the wealth of resources available on the internet, it's easier than ever to sell your wedding gown after your special day. Not only does it help you get back some of the money you spent on your dress,​ but it also lets another bride wear the dress of her dreams for less! It's an all-around win-win!

    If you are interested in selling your dress after your wedding, there are many options to do so conveniently online:

    Of course, there's always eBay, as well. 

    Whatever you decide, you want to make sure your dress is in tip-top condition before you store or sell it.