After you’ve spent hours and plenty of money searching through wedding dresses to find your dream gown it is a common for brides to worry about what they’re going to do with this treasured item  after the wedding is over.

Your special day is over. You looked stunning in your gorgeous dress and got plenty of lovely pictures and video. But what next for the dress?

If you’re low on ideas and your new husband doesn’t agree with your wedding dress taking up half of his closet space then these 6 creative tips will help you to make the best use of it.

1. Donate The Dress To Charity

There are certain charities who will accept your wedding gown and clean it, selling it on for money that will then fund the charity. In this way your happy day can help others in need too, meaning that you’re spreading the love.

A popular option is ‘brides against breast cancer,’ where you pack up your gown and post it to them.

But most towns have local charity stores for numerous good causes such as heart disease, the blind and many others, who would be happy to accept your dress.

2. Save The Dress For Your Daughter

There is no prouder image than your daughter walking down the aisle with her new husband in the dress that gave you so much pleasure. There’s no reason why your daughter can’t wear your dress with minimal adjustments, but you’ll have to wait for 20 or 30 years before she can benefit!

Get your dress professionally cleaned after the wedding and pack it up securely keeping it away from light and moisture to avoid it becoming discolored and moldy. It will be good for a lifetime!

3. Trash The Dress!

It is fashionable these days to ritually destroy your dress after the wedding and get some pictures of you in the shredded dress. Many brides buy tuxedo online choose to get some really cool, edgy pictures by slicing up the dress with the groom whilst they’re still inside (take care!).

Others go for a dip in the sea, splash paint all over themselves and also even set fire to the dress. Crazy, but you will get some awesome and memorable pictures!

4. Sell The Dress

OK, this option isn’t overly romantic, but let’s face it, these days it pays to try and cut costs. One way is to claw back some of the money spent on your wedding by selling your dress later.

You will at least be helping someone else who is on a budget get a lovely dress, save storage space and will please your bank manager too!

5. Recycle The Dress

The average wedding dress is made of meters of fabric which could be used to make several different types of different items, or the dress itself could be reworked into a different style.

You could take some of the fabric and make pillows, handkerchiefs, scarves and christening gowns. Satin is a lovely soft fabric which would be great for pillows, throws or scarves. Tulle or organza from the veil for instance could be used for doilies for a formal dinner service, shades for a lamp or a light neckerchief for a summer outfit.

If you want to recycle your dress into a different style you could keep the bodice, but change the skirt away from a voluminous dress into a less formal A-line cut. Then you could wear this at a different occasion like a fundraiser or graduation ceremony.

6. Preserve The Dress

When it comes down to it, if you just can’t bear to get  rid of the dress in any way then your only option is to preserve your dress for posterity.

Perhaps in the future you can bring it out to show your kids or grandkids, or even wear it for your anniversary if you’re feeling adventurous!

If this is the case then you’ll need to have the dress cleaned and then packed up in its own special case that will preserve it from the elements and save space.

Don’t feel stressed about what to do with your wedding dress after the day has passed, take action with one of these steps and you’ll be able to maximize your dresses usefulness!

If you are still looking for the perfect gown but don’t want to break the bank then it’s best to shop online. There are many great online stores who can help you to find a beautiful dress in just the style you’d like, but with a big cost saving over stores in town! They might even be able to buy the dress back from you if you ask them.