11 Creative Ways to Repurpose Your Bridesmaid Dress Post-wedding

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After every wedding, every bridesmaid routinely asks themselves the same question: “What do I do with this bridesmaid dress?” Today, we seek to answer that burning question. Former bridesmaids revealed the creative ways they’ve repurposed their bridesmaid dresses once the wedding was over.

1. Turn It Into Sleepwear

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Who said you’re not allowed to repurpose your dress into something you can literally use every night? Countless people confess they’ve successfully turned their bridesmaid dress into comfortable sleepwear, which makes sense. Think about it; you’ll most likely never wear the bridesmaid dress again, so why not go all-out and turn it into something you’ll get a lot of mileage out of? The silky-smooth fabric of your dress can be the perfect supplement to a good night’s sleep.

2. Sell It as a Bundle

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According to many women, you have a far greater chance of selling the dresses as a bundle than selling them individually, so it’s in your best interest to contact your fellow bridesmaids and start getting a plan together! “Pool together with the other bridesmaids and try to sell it as a bundle,” one woman advises. “There’s a much higher chance of selling it alongside other bridesmaid dresses because the market for a single dress is rather small and usually not worth the hassle.”

3. Lace Hair Ornaments

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Transforming your dress into lace hair ornaments (or non-lace hair decorations) is one of the more clever ways I’ve seen women repurpose their dresses. Everyone looks for ways to level up their hair, so why not take a dress you know you look amazing in and use it to your advantage on your head? If you spend a few minutes on Google, you’ll see many ways to repurpose your dress into hair ornaments ranging from simple to ornate.

4. Pay For Alterations

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Bridesmaid dresses have a particular style and fashion, making them poor choices to wear outside of a wedding setting. Fortunately, you can shell out a few dollars to someone to make alterations that can transform your dress into something a little more day-to-day! Countless women admit they’ve successfully seen their dresses transformed into skirts and casual dresses that have earned a spot in their wardrobe rotation. If it worked for them, it can work for you!

5. Donate It

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While donating your dress isn’t the most creative option, it does allow someone else to either wear your dress to a wedding of their own or repurpose it to their heart’s content! There are countless non-profits around the United States you can donate your dress to, with many that ensure it will go to someone in need. If you know you’ll never wear it again in any shape or form, it’s best to let it go and let it light up someone else’s life!

6. Make It Into a Blanket

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Some people’s creativity leads them to repurpose their bridesmaid dress in a genuinely beautiful and awe-inspiring way. “I typically get the dress made into a baby blanket when the couple is expecting their first baby,” reveals one woman. How adorable is this idea? I’m sure many expecting parents are blown away by the sentiment! (I know I would be.)

7. Repurpose It Into a Curtain or Tablecloth

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Remember, you don’t have to repurpose your bridesmaid dress into something grand; sometimes, there’s simplicity in making something practical out of it. For example, bridesmaid dresses make great tablecloths or curtains. It’s an easy way to add a touch of elegance and class to a room, and it’s a method of repurposing that has become increasingly popular in 2023.

8. Save It For a Costume

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You’ll never know when you’ll need your dress for a costume party or themed event one, two, or even ten years down the road. Many women confess they keep their bridesmaid dress in storage with other costumes so they’re always prepared for an unexpected invitation to a social event. As we all know, it’s better to be safe than sorry! Who knows, maybe you’ll be invited to a bridesmaids-themed Halloween party one year!

9. Use it As Home Decor


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With enough imagination, your bridesmaid dress can be turned into any thoughtful piece of home decor, depending on the colors used. “It’s important to note that not all dresses can be repurposed, but with a little creativity and imagination, bridesmaid dresses can be transformed into something new and beautiful,” explains one enterprising woman. Many people have turned their dresses into art or accent pieces that spice up an otherwise drab area of their home.

10. Save It For When You’re Buried

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Bear with me because this will be a little morbid: You could save the bridesmaid dress for your funeral! It’s not the most uplifting way to repurpose your dress, but if you looked drop-dead gorgeous in it already, why not look dead-gorgeous in it one last time? Think of all the heads you’ll turn. Although this isn’t the most sensible way to re-use your dress, it’s arguably the most practical.

11. Frame It

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Who says you can’t utilize your wedding dress in a unique but decidedly insane way, right? Consider framing your bridesmaid dress and keeping it prominently displayed in your house, helpfully positioned so your future can always see it. Having a towering reminder of his future promises made to you on your special day can help win any argument! Watch your house guests marvel in amazement at the beautifully framed dress; what a conversation piece!

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