The first dance is over, the hashtag is no longer trending and the wedding album has finally been printed. Now what do you do with your dress? You always have the option of preserving your dress to save it for your daughters or granddaughters. But what if it won’t fit them? What if you have boys? What if it is no longer in style? For those of you who don’t think preservation is in you gown’s future, here are ten different ways to reuse or recycle it.
Erin (right) took her mother’s wedding dress and revamped it for her Lesner Inn ceremony & reception — Ashley Lester Photography
Many dresses these days could be shortened or altered to turn them into cocktail dresses but we have to ask…where is everyone wearing these white dresses? You can’t wear it to a wedding so unless you make a habit of attending black tie galas, it would be hard to sport again. Consider dying it a fun color or the classic black.
Have a professional photoshoot
You could always do the trendy “Trash the Dress” session but what about a thank you to your parents if they paid for the big day? Take cues from a group of sisters who all got together in their wedding dresses for a professional photo shoot for their parents as a show of gratitude. All 5 sisters zipped their dresses back on to document a moment that their mom and dad will cherish forever.
Rachel Blackwell Photography
Donate the dressFor the altruistic bride, consider donating your dress. We have rounded up 3 great charities that accept pre-worn wedding dresses for you to consider. Brides Across America – Donates dresses to military brides Every Girl’s Dream – Provides dresses to brides undergoing financial hardships in the Southeast Michigan area Wish Upon A Wedding – Grants weddings and vow renewals to couples facing serious illness or life altering circumstances
If you plan on baptizing your future children into your church, consider turning part of your dress into a christening gown for them. You can use it for your big day AND their big day!
No, we don’t mean wear it to work. Though that could be fun too… What about taking the skirt of your dress to a seamstress and have it tailored into a fun tulle skirt? You could knock your husband’s socks off on your anniversary with a flirty, fun fashion piece. Bonus points if he recognizes it.
Put it around your neck
There are plenty of vendors online who will turn a small part of your dress into a pendant for a necklace. Check out The Lace Studio on Etsy!
Remember the special day every Christmas by taking a scrap of lace or a part of your veil and memorialize it in a glass ornament.
If your dress is still stylish, take it to your nearest bridal consignment store to make back some of your money. Shops will accept dresses as long as they are in good condition and have been professionally cleaned. You can recoup 50% of their sale price if it sells! For Virginia Beach brides, check out Silk Bridal for a fantastic selection of gently used and runway dresses.
Create a garter or bouquet binding
For mom’s who have daughters that can’t wear a family dress, you can create a garter for them or use some of the fabric to wrap the stems of her bouquet. That checks something old off of the list!
Donate it to a theater
Many high school and professional theaters will gladly accept a dress to expand their costume department. And how would it be to see your dress take on a whole new life?
Your wedding dress will always be special to you but being able to create a keepsake, earn some cash back, or make someone’s dream come true can be even better!
Though the charm of Virginia Beach lingers year-round, along with spring comes an additional burst of beauty in our Beach City. Sand pushes up on the dunes, grass returns to its natural green, and the greenery begins to boast their loveliest buds. We can’t help but be captivated by this city when it comes to life in the spring and now, with wedding season in full bloom, we’re pulling inspiration from last spring’s Lesner Inn weddings! If you’re wedding day is right around the rose bush, check out these color palettes for inspiration!
With the first day of spring only 2 days away, we find it fitting to say goodbye to winter by putting the spotlight on Sharise & Richard’s beautiful winter wedding on the water!
Sharise & Richard held their reception at The Lesner Inn, after tying the knot at Hampton University Memorial Chapel on December 19, 2015. They rented the entire venue, hosting cocktail hour in our Waterside Deck, followed by the reception in our Lesner Hall. Saying it wasn’t one of the most beautiful weddings we’ve seen in our building would be a flat out lie. Sharise, her mother, & the team at Morlina Events did such a great job planning every detail! Everything from the DIY centerpieces, to the snow that fell out of thin air during their first dance was perfection!
The couple picked a palette of cherry red, navy blue & silver for their wedding design.
Their first dance as Mr. & Mrs. was to “Let it Snow,” as snow literally fell out of thin air – thanks to Stage Right Lighting!
Mr. & Mrs. Johnson were able to get a picture with every guest who attended the reception. How could you not be tempted to take picture after picture with the crystal backdrop provided by Stage Right Lighting, and the breathtaking view from our Lesner Hall and Sunset Deck? Not to mention their sweetheart table, which was covered by a glitz sequin linen provided by Waterford Event Rentals.
We would like to thank all of the vendors who participated in making this event so successful, and we hope you all consider them while planning your wedding!
Photographer: Bryan Myhr Photography
Wedding Planner: Morlina Events
Linens & Chair Covers: Waterford Event Rentals
Uplighting, Snow Fall, Crystal back drop: Stage Right Lighting