AFTER my recent wedding, I was conflicted as to what to do with my wedding jumpsuit…should I keep it or sell it?
In the past with friends, I’ve always suggested they sell their dresses and make some cash back, because I honestly believed they’d never wear it again.
How wrong was I?
It wasn’t until I got married and it was over in the blink of an eye that I realised – I wanted to wear my jumpsuit again! And again, and again!
Women can spend thousands of dollars on their dresses. I met someone a couple of years ago that paid $36,000 for her dress. I know, WTF?!
I didn’t even come close to spending that on my custom-made white jumpsuit by my friend Kate at Only One Ashley.
I honestly thought I’d wear it once and be satisfied, and then make some cash by selling it onto someone else.
After deciding to keep it, I went to a dry cleaner for a quote. I couldn’t believe it was going to cost me almost $400 to clean.
I refused to pay it and was going to shop around for another quote when the conversation came up on our radio show the next day.
After chatting to the boys I work with, we decided before I paid a dry cleaning bill we should get just one more wear out of it!
Our phones rang off the hook with women who wanted to wear their dresses just one more time. Some were dirty, others had been cleaned and boxed and put away for years, but they were keen to get them out of the cupboard and into them just one more time.
This is how ‘The Duet Property Group Wedding Dress Dash’ was born.
We had almost 40 women on Melbourne Cup Day don their dresses – some dirty, some super clean – to battle for $2000 in a 200m sprint at the WA athletics stadium.
I couldn’t believe that some of the dresses hadn’t been cleaned for over 25 years. One of the women had put her in a bin bag to have dry cleaned almost ten years ago but after having two kids, she completely forgot about it, and it was still sitting in her car.
If you’re unsure what to do with your dress now, I was inspired by the women of Perth to write some suggestions on what you could do with your dress (or if you’re like me, your jumpsuit) after your very special day:
This is an excellent option for those who are obsessed with their dress and want to wear it to a ball or someone else’s wedding. I was messaged by a few women who had decided they wanted to wear their dresses again on several occasions, so they had them professionally dyed to get a few more wears out of them.
SAVE IT FOR A FAMILY MEMBER
I love this idea. There were a few women who didn’t want to part with their dresses, and they were desperate to pass on to their daughters. I don’t know if you saw Sunrise presenter Edwina Bartholomew’s wedding dress when she married her long-term partner Neil earlier this year? Well, her dress and veil had been passed around the family for the past 100 years with more than twenty women having now worn them both. The dress looked incredible, this is something I would definitely think about doing, could you imagine in 100 years, my future great-granddaughter rocking a piece of my jumpsuit? Now that is very cool.
CUT IT UP AND MAKE SOMETHING ELSE WITH IT
I couldn’t believe it when one of the ladies that ran in the Wedding Dress Dash told me she had turned her dress into a tablecloth, so she had to go to the op shop to get one for the race. She loved the lace so much, she thought to eat off it every day would make better use out of it.
My bridesmaids and I have decided every year we will all get back in our outfits from the wedding and have a party and watch the wedding video over and over again. Now that’s true dedication to a friendship! I know! I am officially obsessed with my jumpsuit, and I won’t be getting rid of it anytime soon. Justine, one of my good friends, got married 14 years ago and every year she puts her dress on with her hubby, they then sit in his shed at the bar and have a drink to celebrate reminisce.
WEAR THE DRESS AFTER A FIGHT
I loved this idea that was suggested by a listener of our radio show. She said every time her and her hubby fight, she will go to her cupboard and put on the dress to remind herself of the love they share.
When I was told about this non-profit charity, I couldn’t believe I’d never heard of it before. They handcraft angel gown garments from donated wedding dresses to gift to families that have lost babies. They are given to hospitals, funeral homes and directly to families through special orders. This is a truly unique and an extraordinary idea.