I have a decluttering/wedding dress question. I'm in the midst of a huge declutter, and I can't decide what to do with my wedding dress. I've been married for 11 years and haven't once looked at my dress until I embarked on operation get rid of stuff. I need opinions. Keep or donate? I can't decide! What did you and your readers do?
Oh, neat question! My first wedding dress I intended to keep, and I wondered about maybe dyeing it a different color so I could wear it again. It wasn't a wedding dress per se, just a white lacy dress bought off a clearance rack in the Better Dresses department---on clearance because it looked wayyyyy too much like a wedding dress for anyone else to buy it, is my guess. And dyeing it would not have worked, I don't think, but it didn't matter because the marriage ended Embarrassingly Soon, and I donated the dress to Goodwill, or maybe I threw it away, I can't remember. Anyway I got rid of it.
My second wedding dress was even LESS weddingish: Paul and I got married with a justice of the peace and no guests, and our goal was to wear clothes we could then wear to other people's weddings, so he wore nice khaki pants and a white oxford and a tie, and I wore a dark green dress with a floral pattern. We did in fact wear those outfits to a couple of weddings, which was fun and sentimental. I still have the dress even though it's too small for me now. (This is the problem with losing weight for a wedding.)
But neither of these was a Big White Dress situation. I think that if I'd had a BWD, I would have gotten rid of it during one of our moves. They take up so much space, and have so little use. I think I'd do what the decluttering books advise and "Keep the pictures, not the item": that is, since there are lots of photos to remind you of the dress, no need to keep the dress itself.
On the other hand, I am the one holding onto a dress that no longer fits me.
What have you guys done with your wedding dresses, those of you who had wedding dresses?