You've said 'I do' - now here's what you might want to do with your beautiful bridal gown
#1 Let's start with the super-practical: take it to the dry-cleaners!
Suncream, mud, perspiration, cake crumbs, spilt white wine... It's all too easy to think your wedding dress is in a perfectly OK state to stow away but look a little closer and you'll realise that taking it to the dry-cleaners to get it restored to its original condition might not be such a bad idea after all.
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#2 If it's going to be stored away, decide how you'll store it
So now you've cleaned it: where's it going to go? Depending on your future plans for the dress, you'll need to take into account how best your dress should be kept - is it OK folded up in a trunk, or will it need to be hung up? If it needs to be hung up, will it take up too much space in your wardrobe - and if that's the case, where will it go?
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#3 Decide if you want to upcycle it
For the style-savvy bride who picked a breathtaking wedding gown that just deserves to be worn more than once, you might want to consider dying it - many bridal boutiques now offer this as after-the-big-day service.
Equally, keep your eyes peeled for any off-white, metallic or pastel gowns when you go dress-shopping - non-white dresses are far easier to translate into your occasionwear wardrobe.
#4 Donate it to charity
If you're feeling generous, why not give your dress to your favourite good cause? Not only will it help raise funds for your charity of choice, it will also give another bride the chance to buy a dress she might only have been able to dream of otherwise.
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#5 Trash it!
This is an increasingly popular trend, which sees brides do their utmost to trash their pristine gowns. From covering them in paint to posing for dramatic swimming pool photoshoots - there are plenty of fun ways you can do it. Click here to see some ideas!