You shopped for weeks, full-on ugly-cried when you first slipped it on, and shelled out more money for it than you've ever spent on a single piece of clothing. But post- cake cutting, the unfortunate reality is you'll probably never wear your wedding dress again. Yeah, bummer, right? So what to do with that huge, tulle-filled garment bag taking up space in the back of your closet?
We've heard of brides preserving their gowns so they may hang on to them as a keepsake, passing them down to their future children in the years to come, or donating their frocks. But one bride got a little, uhh, creative when it came to finding a new after-"I do" use for her wedding dress. Basically when Tess Heidelberger of Mauldin, South Carolina discovered her decades-old wedding dress in her basement, she essentially said "Well, I can't wear this anymore, but why can't my Christmas tree?" and promptly whipped up the ruffled, puffy-sleeved frock into a fluffy Christmas tree skirt. Because why not, right?
After 26 years in a musky basement, this wedding dress has found new life — and a new song! Exchanging the wedding march for "Oh, Christmas Tree," Heidelberger's old gown now lives under her evergreen thanks to a bout of inspiration that struck after pulling out the vintage frock.
"The dress is so '80s," Heidelberger explained to ABC News. "When I pulled it out when I was planning my daughter's wedding, we looked at it like, 'Ugh. Yeah, no one's ever going to wear this again.' I looked at my youngest daughter and she's like, 'Oh, hell no.'" Geez, kid. Ouch. "I told them it was cute at the time!" said the former 1990 bride.
Even though the wedding dress was never going to see the inside of a venue hall again, tossing it wasn't an option for Heidelberger. "I'm sentimental so you don't want to throw it away," she said. So she decided to make the dress a part of a new tradition — with a little help from a pair of scissors and hot glue gun.
"The first cut was the hardest," said Heidelberger of slicing into her beloved wedding dress (as brides around the world all clutch their pearls). But after an afternoon of crafting and cutting, the once outdated organza wedding dress was transformed into a beautiful Christmas tree skirt, just in time for a carol or two. "When I put it under the tree it just looked like a fluffy cloud," said Heidelberger. "I'm so happy I can look at it every year. It's so pretty. And it's so much better than staring at your dress through that cellophane window in the box."
Any brave brides reaching for the scissors?
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