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Katieweasel Fri 23-Oct-20 20:49:26

I'm having a massive declutter before redecorating a couple of rooms. My wedding dress has been packed away in a pretty box on top of my wardrobe for the last 15 years. It's taking up space and I'm not sentimental about it. I was thinking of giving it to a charity shop but while it was beautiful, and very on trend back then, I can't imagine anyone would want to wear it now. It seems wasteful to throw it away. Any suggestions?

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thenightsky Fri 23-Oct-20 20:50:47

Awww no. Keep it. DD tried my 1980 dress on last Xmas and declared it 'classic'.

LG101 Fri 23-Oct-20 20:52:15

You can donate it to a charity for sleeping babies. They turn the wedding dresses into amazing little outfits for still born babies.

If I ever got rid of mine that’s what I would like to do with it

LG101 Fri 23-Oct-20 20:53:02

www.funeralguide.co.uk/blog/baby-burial-clothes-charities

DuckonaBike Fri 23-Oct-20 20:54:18

Oxfam also has a wedding dress shop, you could donate it to them. Don’t throw it away!

Justifiedandquiteold Fri 23-Oct-20 20:55:01

There is a charity somewhere that makes beautiful shrouds for stillborn babies. My friend went through this and it gave her comfort for her wee one to place in it. I can't remember the name but they give them to Maternity hospitals. Might not be your thing but if you don't want to waste it.

Smudgeis13 Fri 23-Oct-20 20:55:44

Local am-dram group?

Justifiedandquiteold Fri 23-Oct-20 20:55:59

X Post LG101! ❤️

wendyindahouse Fri 23-Oct-20 20:56:48

If you post a thread about your wedding dress you will be inundated with private messages wanting it for baby funeral gowns. That was my experience .

Hiphopboppertybop99 Fri 23-Oct-20 20:56:59

Agree with PPs either donate to oxfam wedding or the charity for sleeping babies especially if you're just going to throw it away smile

Katieweasel Fri 23-Oct-20 20:58:38

What a lovely idea. The link says that they are not accepting dresses at this time. I will try and find a similar charity. It is mainly tulle so not sure if they could use that but the bodice was satin.

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RandomMess Fri 23-Oct-20 21:01:28

Honestly donate to a charity shop someone will buy it and alter it into something a bit quirky or similar.

FrangipaniWHOOOOO Fri 23-Oct-20 21:02:07

I donated mine to a charity for sleeping babies, some of them will take the dresses and sell them in their own second hand wedding dress shop if they can't use the material, that way they still get the donation

Think the one I used was Cherished Gowns for Angel Babies

PaulinePetrovaPosey Fri 23-Oct-20 21:04:32

Charity shop or am dram group!

Someone will love it, if only for the fabric.

AcrobaticCardigan Fri 23-Oct-20 21:10:02

It’s such a waste to bin it. Please do donate it!

dayswithaY Fri 23-Oct-20 21:11:05

Mine turned from ivory to yellow over time so I threw it into the clothes recycling bin at the local tip. It felt very liberating.

LavaCake Fri 23-Oct-20 21:12:02

Don’t throw it away! That would be a waste. Definitely donate it - even if it’s not suitable in its present form someone might repurpose it.

Or you could donate it to this lovely charity - they turn wedding dresses into burial gowns for stillborn babies: cherishedgowns.org.uk/donate/donate-a-wedding-dress-uk

user1473878824 Fri 23-Oct-20 21:13:41

I would hold onto it until they’re accepting donations again if you can. What’s it like OP? We must know!

underneaththeash Fri 23-Oct-20 21:21:07

An amateur dramatic society would love it. Please don’t chuck it. If one won’t take it near you, please pm me and I’ll arrange collection (my family span the whole of England at the moment!)

MiddleClassMother Fri 23-Oct-20 21:26:13

@LG101
That's a lovely idea. Don't throw it away OP! Donate it or keep it!

Akrotiri1 Fri 23-Oct-20 21:33:41

I burnt mine after divorce !!!!

In hindsight very wasteful and should have recycled.....

happymummy12345 Fri 23-Oct-20 21:36:55

I'd never ever get rid of mine. I couldn't. I'll never wear it again or do anything with it. And I'll never even offer it to a family member.
But definitely don't just bin it

CathyorClaire Fri 23-Oct-20 21:38:11

I flogged my 1980's meringue on eBay a few years back.

Guess it must have somehow come back into vogue grin

Sunnydaysstillhere Fri 23-Oct-20 21:39:09

I gave my 2 k dress to the air ambulance charity... Exh's suit went in the bin!!

HowFastIsTooFast Fri 23-Oct-20 21:40:19

I donated mine to a small local charity who use them to make blankets and shrouds for tiny babies born sleeping. They didn't advertise that they accept them because thankfully they don't need many, but took mine when I contacted them to offer it.

May be worth seeking out a small charity OP rather than a well known one, if that idea appeals to you.

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