As many of you know, I was recently married on a rainy weekend in November of 2013.
I loved my wedding day, and I loved my wedding dress! To me, it had all the elements of a perfect dress: a long train, elegant, sparkles and beading, ruching, lace, and “poofiness.”
Another great feature was that I was able to find a modest jacket that matched perfectly!
I loved the lace “peek-a-boo” hem!
And I loved the detail on the bodice!
However, now that the wedding is over, there’s the big question: What do I do with the dress?
In my mind, selling it seems like the best option for several reasons:
If I sell the dress, I’ll hopefully make a few hundred dollars. And as we all know, extra money is always nice to have around. Plus, if I don’t sell it, it really should be cleaned and preserved in one of those fancy boxes, which will cost even more money.
2. No Purpose
Really, besides your wedding day, what will I ever wear this dress to again?
I’ve heard the argument that it’s nice for your daughters to use for playing dress up. However, letting my daughters play dress up in a wedding dress that I could sell for a few hundred dollars seems a little crazy. I’m all for kids playing dress up, but I could get them much cheaper dress up clothes at a yard sale!
Being such a poofy dress and having such a long train was great for the wedding day, but it makes storage rather difficult. Do I really want this to take up space in my closet for years? Also, chances are my husband I will move a few times throughout our lives. Carting my wedding dress from house to house, and across multiple states seems very impractical.
4. Sentimental Reasons
This is actually the biggest reason for potentially keeping my dress. It just seems so sentimental! However, if I preserve my wedding dress in one of those fancy air-tight boxes, I’ll probably never want to open it up. (And I know I could never get it to fit back in the box again!). I have lots of pictures of my wedding dress, and those are much easier to look at when I feel the need to reminisce about my dress. Also, since I had silk flowers at my wedding, I still have my wedding bouquet, and many other sentimental decorations that seem a lot more practical to keep than the actual dress.
5. But what if your daughter wants to wear it?!
This is a common exclamation when I mention I’m considering selling my dress. However, my dress isn’t a “classic” looking dress, and I know it won’t be in-style in a few decades. And, I may never even have a daughter! And if I do have a daughter, she may not be the same size. And if she is the same size, there’s a good chance she won’t like my dress. So really, it’s quite a long shot my daughter will ever wear my wedding dress.
So all in all, I’m seriously considering selling my dress. What are your thoughts? Did you sell or keep your dress? Have you regretted your decision?