When the guests have left and the gifts have been opened (and hopefully a few thank you cards have been sent!) you are faced with one last big question-what should I do with my wedding dress now? Celia Grace Intern Nicole is going to help us out.
Yours, Marcie Muehlke
Ever wonder what to do with your wedding dress after the big day? Instead of letting it gather dust in your closet, why not donate it, sell it, or alter it or make something with it? Over the next several weeks I’ll be offering a range of different ideas for how you (or others) can continue to love and enjoy such a beautiful garment even after you’ve said “I do.”
This week: Donating your wedding dress
While many brides feel very attached to their dress and want to save it for their future daughter to try on, there are other really meaningful ways to continue enjoying your dress. Donating your dress is one such way. By donating your dress, you’ll be helping another woman who can’t afford the dress of her dreams but who wants a wedding that is as special and magical as yours. Or, donating a dress can support an important charitable cause.
I’ve compiled a list of places where you can donate your dress and support an important cause, ranging from helping military brides to providing underprivileged children get a better education.
Brides Across America http://www.bridesacrossamerica.com/Donations.html
- Provides wedding dresses to military brides who cannot afford their own. Tax-deductible.
Brides Against Breast Cancer http://www.bridesagainstbreastcancer.org
- Provides programs and services free of charge to cancer patients and their loved ones. Tax- deductible.
Brides for a Cause http://bridesforacause.com/donate-your-wedding-dress/
- In partnership with Wish Upon A Wedding, they use half of the profits to grant the weddings of couples facing terminal illness and serious life-altering situations. Tax- deductible.
Every Girls Dream https://everygirlsdream.org/Gown_Collection_B0W5.html
- Provides wedding dresses to brides undergoing financial hardship. Tax- deductible.
Mary Madeline Project http://marymadelineproject.org/Contact.htm
- Remakes the dresses into baby burial gowns and blankets, which are then donated to hospitals.
National Kidney Services http://nkfpickup.com/donate_wedding_dress_carolina.html
- The profits from the wedding dresses go to kidney health screenings, education for patients and their families, and a camp for children with kidney disease. Tax- deductible.
St. Anthony’s Bridal http://www.stanthonysbridal.com/
- Let’s low-income brides borrow their dress. Tax deductible.
The Bridal Garden http://bridalgarden.org/donations/
- Proceeds go towards the education of disadvantaged children in NYC. Tax- deductible.
The Brides’ Project http://www.thebridesproject.org/donate/
- All profits go to the Cancer Support Community programs and services. Tax- deductible.
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