Lighten Up! Tips for Letting Go in 2024 – Bridal Gowns

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Today is the third day in “Lighten Up! Tips for Letting Go in 2024,” and we are talking about bridal gowns. This one comes up frequently when I’m working with clients. A bridal gown is fairly large, and if you get to the point where no one is realistically going to use it, you might be ready to let it go.

If you have a bridal gown, you may be keeping it hanging in a closet or preserved in a box. Odds are that this garment represented a significant financial outlay, and therefore, you are probably reluctant to simply trash it. As I said in the introduction to this series, I’m not focusing on reselling. However, you can check with a fashion reseller such as Poshmark™ or the Real Real™ if your gown is fairly recent and/or stylistically viable for a modern bride. Another reseller that specializes in resale of gowns is Still White.

In terms of donating, there are a few options you can explore.

If your gown is “au courant” with today’s styles, you can donate it to a local charity or thrift shop.

Another alternative is to check with your local schools’ theater departments. Schools often accept garments like bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses, prom gowns, etc. to use as costumes in their productions.

You can also check out this site: Here Comes the Guide. On this site you will find links to five charities that accept bridal gowns, along with details about what they do with the gowns and the causes they support. For example, one site provides gown for military and first responder brides who are burdened by financial hardships like deployments.

Lastly, an organization called The Angel Gown® Program turns old bridal gowns into custom made gowns for newborns who pass away. These gowns are lovingly made for final photos and for burial services.

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I’m curious how many of you have bridal gowns in your home. I know I do (and it was a 1980’s “classic”). Do you think this might be the year that you let it go?

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6 thoughts on “Lighten Up! Tips for Letting Go in 2024 – Bridal Gowns”

  1. I’m loving this month of your series! So many of my clients tell me they have their wedding dresses (preserved and not) but no daughters to pass them along to (or no family members at all who want them), and it’s always great to have a range of solutions. Angel Gowns are a sad but beautiful repurposing, but school (and community) theaters are wonderful. I’m a fan of Brides Across America for military and first responder brides, but my favorite solution is a Facebook Group called Shared Dream Dresses. People post that they have a gown available (with a photo and description). The current owner cleans and ships it to whomever requests it, and the dresses are passed from one delighted bride to the next!

    Thanks for this fabulous series!
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    1. Thanks for sharing about Shared Dream Dresses, Julie. That is exactly the kind of resource I’m hoping commenters will share.

      My dress was from the 80s. Enough said. Neither of my girls has any interest, although I’ve said they are free to alter it into any shape they like. I still have one daughter who is not yet married. If she doesn’t want it, out it goes!

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