Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Yesterday

Yesterday was a bit of a weird day for me. Hubs and I cleaned out our locker and filled up the trunk of our rental car with numerous items to donate. One of those items was my wedding dress. Part of me wanted to donate my dress to an organization like The Brides' Project but I was afraid I would change my mind if I waited too long... stuff has a way of working its way back into my closet over time... so we went ahead and dropped off my dress at Goodwill with the rest of our stuff.



I was a little wistful at first but now that I've had a day to think about it, I'm glad I was able to part with my dress. Some of you may know that I purchased my dress second hand from a slightly-smaller-than-me girl who also happened to live in the same neighbourhood as me (it was kismet, I tell ya) so I didn't pay full price... and I didn't require any alterations! Knowing my dress was loved twice made it a little easier to part with it.



I kept my veil and my Chinese dresses... they don't take up as much room and I definitely wasn't ready to part with everything. :)




To my married readers, do you still have your wedding dress? What did you do with it after your big day and would you ever consider parting with it?

Photography: Irina & Mihkel // Irina Fortey Photography
Makeup & Hair: Stephanie // BlushPretty

10 comments:

  1. Amazing dress! It's great how it has served for 2 people and will now serve as a wedding dress for another lucky woman :)

    I notice there are two other dresses than the white one. How did it work for you to wear 3 dresses? They're so beautiful, all of them!

    I'm married but we didn't have a ceremony. We just signed the papers while I was in Egypt without any fancy event or outfit. We'd been running around Cairo doing the pre-marriage papers for a week and a half so in my confusion and with the language gap I didn't even realize this was "the day". We just went into an office with me wearing my regular jeans and sweater and I'm not sure how aware I was during the whole thing that this would make our marriage official. Kind of sucks. No happy wedding memories...

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    1. thanks candice! i actually had 4 dresses that night - my wedding dress, my red chinese tea ceremony dress, the purple phoenix dress for toasting tables, and a short white dress for dancing (which i also donated). i'm a quick changer. :)

      while i had a great day, i would have been just as happy getting married at city hall with a few witnesses! your story is definitely memorable and you can always do a vow renewal if you want a little party! :)

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  2. These pictures are beautiful! You look stunning! Not married yet but I imagine it would be difficult for me to part with my future wedding dress. I'm sentimental like that haha sentimental bordering hoarder, I should say. :)

    I did make a trip to Goodwill last weekend though. I cleaned out my closet (finally). It was surprisingly easy to part with my many unworn items. Definitely decluttered.

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    1. thank you!! :) that's awesome that you were able to declutter... it's constantly a work in progress with me. it was a big step to donate my wedding dress so i'm hoping it will be easier for me to get rid of other stuff now!

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  3. Your wedding dress is GORGEOUS!!! And I love how you purchased a secondhand dress. I think brides spend too much on a dress that they will only wear once. I got my dress made for my destination wedding for $400 and I wore it twice - once at my wedding and then again five years later for our trash the dress photo shoot - guess I got my money's worth.

    Your two chinese dresses are so bright and colourful. They must have made for beautiful wedding photos.

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    1. thanks leesh! that's awesome that you wore your dress twice. my chinese dresses were made to measure - i ordered them online from china after entering all my measurements on the website. they were quite inexpensive... i'm just glad they arrived and actually fit.

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  4. My god, you were a stunning bride! i was married once before and donated my dress, veil, shoes and hair piece (is that what it's called? like a little ornamental thing I wore in my hair after the veil came off for the reception) to the bride's project. i felt great about it, but I wasn't married anymore so that made it easier, for sure!

    I have a friend that bought an ellie saab dress on ebay for her wedding gown. Actually, she lost the bid but contacted the girl that did win it and asked if she could buy it from her after she had worn it. I thought that was great!

    I did mega purge this summer too and I totally get that weird don't want to part with things feeling and then the next day, nothing. there is a goodwill bin in the parking garage of my condo (genius!) so I have zero excuses not to just unload things when I've decided I'm done with them. decluttering is a great feeling, good for you!

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    1. thank you so much! :) i found my wedding dress on kijiji and have absolutely no regrets. i think if i had paid full price, it would have been very hard to let it go.

      decluttering is so good for the mind! i've been on a roll since donating the dress and we even rearranged everything in our tiny condo so we have more space.

      that's awesome that you have a goodwill bin in your building! our management office will facilitate our clothing donations but sometimes it's just easier for us to bring stuff to goodwill ourselves.

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  5. These pictures are so beautiful! Thanks for sharing! I always enjoy the tea ceremony at Chinese Weddings!

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    1. thanks samantha! i love chinese tea ceremonies too! :)

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