So you’ve spent your whole life dreaming up your perfect wedding dress, you endured trying on many failures, and you finally found it. You love it, you look amazing in it, everyone loved it and “ohh-ed and aww-ed” as you walked down the aisle but your wedding is over. What to do with that dress? It means a lot to you and you spent an entire month’s salary on it (or more), I get it. Now for those that plan to preserve it, take a mental inventory of all the things you have stashed away in your closet. Is that where you want your prized dress to spend eternity, among your old year books, wrapping paper, and that box you labeled “crap.” I speak from personal experience, I literally have a box labeled, “Alicia’s Crap.” No clue what’s in there, and no desire to go through it since after all it’s just a bunch of crap. Yet I can’t just throw it away because it is probably something that mattered once. Anyway, your dress doesn’t have to suffer this fate. There is a better way.
Brides Against Breast Cancer is an organization that raises money for breast cancer research by collecting old wedding dresses and selling them warehouse style. According to their site, 200,000 women and 1,200 men (yes men can get breast cancer) will get breast cancer this year alone. 40,000 of which will die perhaps before they even got the opportunity to be a bride. They collect both new and used wedding dresses, clean them up if necessary, and then offer them to brides at a HUGE savings over retail. This is awesome for so many reasons. One: it supports breast cancer research of course which is crucial as no one should have to lose someone to that disease. Two: For the brides that get to shop, they get a great deal while supporting a charity. Three: Your dress gets a new life, you are essentially contributing to breast cancer research and I think best of all, you get to make someone’s dream come true. Remember that feeling you got when you found THE dress, how excited you were? Well that feeling is long gone and your dress is dying in the closet OR someone else is getting that very same feeling about YOUR dress!! Amazing. Think about it.
Now, I wouldn’t suggest anything I wouldn’t do and if you were to ask me right now, what do you plan to do with your dress if its just as easy as you made it sound above to give it up? Honestly, right now I couldn’t say that I could part with it without a doubt. However I haven’t even worn mine yet or even really seen it, as it is being custom made so I am still in the moment. But perhaps when all the sentiment wears off and the realization sets in that the wedding is over and the dress is just taking up space that could easily be filled by new shoes, I would go for it. So if you have an old dress you want to get rid of now that your wedding is over, maybe a terrible 80′s version (I’m sure it was lovely at the time), they also take those and make quilts and things out of them.
If all this sounds wonderful but seriously you just can’t let go, they have a program called the Pink Envelope Project. It is essentially a community of women who organize various fund raising activities that all benefit breast cancer. It has a grass roots type feel to it with the benefits of technology and of course cute little pink envelopes. Basically you can join the community and organize a Girl’s Night Out or a Bridal Shower and pass out the envelopes and raise money for the cause. How you raise money or get the envelopes out is up to you.
*Per the website they are in major need of modern dresses as they have an abundance of vintage type styles and little room to store them. So if you know someone who may be interested in letting go of her dress, pass this along!