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Congratulations on being named a bridesmaid! Maybe it’s your first time…or your fifteenth. Regardless, the old saying that “you can shorten bridesmaids’ dresses and wear them later,” just doesn’t work for many people.
I, like so many other brides, think my bridesmaid dresses are cute and simple, and could definitely be worn again. But reality is that most of my girls won’t ever do that. Reality is…most of your bridal party will spend the couple hundred dollars and have the dress sit in their closet for the next 10 years or so.
But I figured…bridesmaids have been dealing with this dilemma for years, so surely there are practical solutions today? Well, lucky for women everywhere, there are actually are some fun, creative, and just plain practical ideas out there for you! Here are a few of my favorites…
1. Donate it, sell it or pass it on to a friend
Outside of general thrift stores, there are a few great ways to do this now through sites like BridesmaidTrade.com (sell, buy, or rent bridesmaid dresses), Newlymaid.com (donate your dress and receive credit toward a “wearable” dress), and The Princess Project or Donate My Dress (both of which accept dress donations to help provide free dresses and accessories to underprivileged girls).
2. Get creative!
Not ever going to wear the dress again, but like the fabric or color? Give your home a facelift and save yourself the money! Fun websites like Chica and Jo (helps turn dresses into tablecloths and chair covers) and Planet Green (make pillow covers out of the material) can help you with these small DIY projects.
3. Do something meaningful
Maybe you’re a bit more sentimental than others and can’t bear to just “part” with your dress. That’s fine too! Is your friend excited to start a family soon? If so, you could get a start on her eventual baby shower and use pieces of the bridesmaid dress in a baby quilt. Or get creative now and fashion a personalized album cover from dress material, and fill it with pictures from the wedding. Now you’ve got a keepsake perfect for you or her!
I’m sure there are so many more great ideas to not let these dresses go to waste! Do you have a creative idea on recycling or reusing a bridesmaid dress after the big event? Let me know in the comments below.
♥ HOF Girl