A bride's wedding dress is often the most expensive item in her wardrobe. But after the big day, what do you do with the dress? Some women choose to sell it, while other women might choose to have it preserved and store it away for use by a future generation. Still others may choose to use the wedding dress material to create treasured keepsakes that can be used on a daily basis or stowed away for future enjoyment.
Clean your wedding dress after the big day. If properly cleaned and packed away, the fabric that you do not use for your keepsake can be kept in storage for generations. Spot clean as needed with products recommended for your fabric. Many dresses can be machine washed, but other gowns may require professional cleaning.
Decide what you would like to create with your wedding gown material. Some common ideas for wedding gown keepsakes are quilts, table linens, photo frames and even other articles of clothing. Because there is typically a lot of material used in a wedding gown, one dress can be cut to make a variety of different projects. For instance, you could cut squares of fabric and use them as an accent on handmade thank you cards for your guests.
Cut away small pieces of the gown to use as pieces of larger keepsakes. If you can't bear to use the whole dress for your keepsake, cut small bits of excess material from the dress. For example, if your dress had a tulle petticoat, you won't miss a small square from underneath the dress that can be used as part of a wedding collage or as the background to a scrapbooking page.
Personalise your keepsake by adding information about your wedding day. If you make keepsakes such as pillows, Christmas ornaments, tea towels or handkerchiefs, you can highlight what makes the items special with embroidery. Embroider your and your husband's names and the date of the wedding on the item. Every time these items are used, you will be reminded of your wedding day.