You spent months searching for the perfect dress; the one that would make you feel like your most authentic, beautiful self as you walked down the aisle towards the person you now get to spend the rest of your life with. Now, the big day is over and you’re left wondering what to do with that gorgeous gown. After all, it’s not like you can wear it out to run errands. (You could, and if you want to be the center of attention, you absolutely should!) But for those of you looking for ideas on what to do with your  wedding dress now that your wedding day is over, we’ve got you!

1. Preserve It 

Display your dress like the priceless piece of art that it is by having it preserved. Wedding dress preservation shops will clean your dress, getting rid of any stains and repairing any tears, then place it in a windowed box that you can put anywhere in your home.

2. Have Fun with New Colors  

Love your dress so much that you can’t bear to part with it or see it stuffed in a box? You can repurpose it by changing the color! Brides have dyed their dresses to a new shade (think emerald green or charcoal black) and worn them for new, formal occasions as a completely new dress! If you really want to have fun with it, you can have your dress dip-dyed – changing the color only on the bottom – at a bridal factory or make it a DIY project. 

3. Turn it Into Something New 

You can opt to keep a piece of your dress by turning it into something new. If you’re handy with the sewing machine, you can turn it into an item you’re more likely to use regularly, like a scarf or a skirt. 

4. Have a “Trash the Dress” Photo Shoot 

Have a little fun and wear your dress to do things you wouldn’t normally wear it for. Go hiking? Sure! Take it for a swim? Why not! You can even create wearable art by splashing new colors on it in tie-dye fashion. 

5. Donate it to a Charitable Cause 

Your dress could benefit a person or charity in need. Organizations accept wedding dress donations for different purposes. Brides Across America helps our everyday heroes by giving gowns to brides who are military and first responders. Adorned in Grace resells your donated gown and uses the proceeds towards preventing sex traffickig and helping sex trafficking victims. If you’ve decided not to hold on to your dress, donating it is a rewarding and noble means of parting ways with it. 

6. Sell It 

Let’s be real, that dress was expensive! You can earn some of your investment back by selling it to a bridal consignment shop like The Altar Bridal. Vendors like these will take your dress and sell it to another bride for a discounted price, so you can feel good knowing that you helped someone buy the dress of their dreams.