Once you've found the wedding dress of your dreams and spent quality time in it on your wedding day, you may end up boxing it up and never putting it on again. But if you love your dress so much, and you've spent a pretty penny on it, there are indeed ways you can wear it again without looking like the bride in the room. Here are four stories from real brides who shared where they ended up re-wearing their wedding dresses.
"I had my wedding dress hanging in the back of my closet for 3 years after my wedding. I didn't know what to do with it and I figured I would probably never wear it again. One year for Halloween, when I was trying to decide what I should be, I put the dress on just for fun and then realized I was going to be a zombie bride. All I had to do was buy face paint. Was it an ideal way to re-wear the dress? No. But it was a great way of saving money on a Halloween costume." — Larissa D., 35
2. To a White Wedding
"Oddly enough, a friend of mine had an all-white wedding, which meant all guests had to wear white. For my wedding, the dress I wore was sleek and simple. I took it out of the garment bag and re-wore it to her wedding. I think out of the 50 women there, at least four others did the exact same thing." — Paula D., 30
3. On My Anniversary
"On my 10th wedding anniversary, I took my wedding dress out of the box it was in and put it on. It hardly zipped in the back but it was such a cool feeling wearing it again. I loved my dress and must have spent a couple of thousand dollars on it. I had the idea that it would be fun to re-take wedding photos in our clothes from the wedding. So my husband put on his tux, we hired a photographer, and we took new wedding photos in our old outfits. It was a lot of fun." — Heather R., 38
4. To a Party
"I got my wedding dress shortened so that It was above my ankle. I had a simple dress to begin with but the dress did have a train. I cut that all off and it looked like an elegant white dress. I wore it to a summer garden party and nobody noticed it was my wedding dress. When I told people, they didn't believe me until I pulled up a photo from my wedding and showed them." — Claire S., 29
Jen Glantz is a "Professional Bridesmaid" and the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire. She's the author of All My Friends Are Engaged and frequently wears old bridesmaid dresses to the grocery store and on first dates.