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Five Things To Do With Your Wedding Gown After Your Big Day

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After your wedding day there is one gorgeous gown that is hung on a hanger, looking slightly sad, almost as if it knows it may very well never be worn again.

After so many hours spent on that gown, so much time spent on getting it just right and then of course some of the most magical of hours spent in it, it seems only right to take care of it and do something, anything with it!

I’ve found five things you can do with your wedding gown after your wedding day!

1. Clean & Store Your Gown

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Probably the most popular of options, dry cleaning and storing your gown can be a complicated and expensive process – so many beads, so any layers, so much to think about! But if you want to keep your gown in perfect shape for the years to come then this is the way to go.  There are so many bridal dry cleaners that have fantastic reputations like Syndals Bridal Drycleaners and Bridal Silver Service (to name just two!) but it’s always best to ask your bridal designer or store for their recommendations.

Most dry cleaners will offer an acid free box or bag for preservation of your gown (dependent on how much you want to look it!) and can also clean and box accessories like veils and hairpieces.

2. Donate Your Gown To A Worthy Cause

If you don’t want to keep your gown or sell it then why not give it to a charity? One I’ve discovered that I love is Angel Gowns. They take beautiful wedding gowns and with a team of sewers turn them into beautiful angel gowns for babies who have been severely ill, or stillborn and won’t carry on in this life.

The Tiara Project is a another charity which accepts donations. They loan formal wear to women attending their school formals, weddings and balls who may otherwise not be able to afford it.

3. Convert Your Gown

Love your gown so much but can’t actually see yourself wearing a floor length white number again? Why not convert it to a gown you can wear again! A talented seamstress can do so many things to a beautiful gown. From dying it, shortening it, deconstructing it and using fabric, embellishments and features on entirely new items of clothing.

A white bias cut wedding gown would look stunning dyed in black as an evening gown, a ballgown cut to tea length and dyed would be sweet for a garden party, and a beaded lace gown could make for a new amazing cocktail frock.

4. Sell Your Gown

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There have been a plethora of consignment stores pop up over the past few years – from Sydney’s Savvy Brides who take only the most beautiful of gowns turning second hand dress buying into a boutique experience to online stores like Still White and I Do Gowns. Whether online or in person, consignment stores either display your gown in their store, giving you the profit from the gown sale minus a commission once sold, or let you list it online for a fee.

5. Turn Your Gown Into A Family Heirloom

Similar to converting your gown to wear again, if you really want your gown to be out and about and getting as much love as ever, consider re-purposing it for special family occasions. Beautiful bridal gowns can be turned into equally stunning christening gowns. You could pass it on to a family member who would love to wear it, keep it for a future generation, make it into a very special jewellery piece, and I’ve even read of brides turning their gowns into a special heirloom quilt.

 

What are you doing with your wedding gown after your wedding day?

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Tobi Hannah Wedding Gowns – Adventure Collection

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When wedding designers focus on doing one thing, they often do it not only well, but amazingly. Meet Tobi Hannah the designer who concentrates on designing amazing short and tea length bridal gowns.

“The Adventure Collection” is the latest Tobi Hannah collection, inspired by Helen Keller. Designer Tobi remarks “Helen Keller once said, life is a either a great adventure or nothing. This quote resonated with me deeply and was part of the driving force behind the new Tobi Hannah Collection – Adventure.

The name of Helen Keller is known around the world as a symbol of courage in the face of overwhelming odds. Her story inspired me to create a collection that reflects my understanding of her quote about life and adventure. Life is both beautiful and fragile. I believe every bride should strive to be her authentic self on her wedding day.”

The gowns are each designed from a mood board with a specific body shape in mind. From ‘a’ line silhouettes to prom style full skirts to sheath style classic numbers. Fabrics range from beautiful beaded French laces, textured brocades and the simplest of heavyweight plain silks. I love these gowns, the short length is fun and playful and nowadays equally at home at a registry wedding as they are in a church.

Tobi Hannah gowns are available online and ship to Australia.

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Vendor of the Week – Grace Loves Lace

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Hello Spring! Oh I am sad to say goodbye to Winter but I am SO excited to see what Spring brings to the wedding world. So many weddings are upcoming and so many excited thoughts to be had. With the first day of Spring and the first working day of the week coinciding I may have skipped Mondayitis this month!

So before we dive headfirst into wedding season it’s time to raise the curtains and tell you just how fabulous the members off Ms Polka Dot’s Directory are.  We have Flowers, we have Catering, we have Celebrants, we even have Wedding Planners! We work really hard to get vendors on board who are the kind you keep as friends after the day, eating Mexican and drinking cocktails together, or champagne because they are not only lovely but they are amazing at what they do!

Check out Ms Polka Dot’s Directory for wedding vendors who will execute your wedding dreams beautifully and passionately!

bohemian wedding gowns grace loves lace Vendor of the Week Grace Loves Lace

From the first time I spied Grace Loves Lace back in 2012 I knew this was a dress designer with something special. Bohemian, relaxed wedding gowns with a sense of dreaminess to them. Available online and made on location at their Gold Coast headquarters the gowns are just about to touch down in the USA. The brand keeps growing, captivating more and more brides into their bohemian dream.

To get to know a little more about the Grace Loves Lace girls, we asked Megan five questions in five minutes -

What is your favourite after five drink?

A nice glass of Merlot, and I’m constantly drinking loose leaf herbal teas.

Your favourite weekend getaway?

Byron Bay.

Favourite restaurant?

The Fish House in Burleigh Heads.

What can we find you eating for breakfast on a Sunday morning?

At Loren Cafe / Restaurant in Tugun on the Gold Coast I have every week the herb scrambled eggs with avo and sourdough.

Your favourite wedding story?

My own icon smile Vendor of the Week Grace Loves Lace I love my husband.

Visit Grace Loves Lace’s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. Grace Loves Lace is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

Snapshot Sunday – Dancing Together

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