Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Wedding Dress Donation

As you may have read about here, I decided to donate my wedding dress.

Photo credit: Kasey Lynn Photography

Here were my reasons for packing up and shipping my dress:
-I loved the idea that someone else would get to wear it for one of their most important days of their life
-Wedding dresses are expensive, and mine was worn just a few times (bridals, wedding day) so it seems so sad to not pass it on
-I don't know where I would have stored it once it was preserved, and in my case it would have just collected dust
-Matt & I are unsure if we're going to have kids, so the whole 'pass it on to my future daughter' thing isn't an important thing for me

Donating it was surprisingly harder than I expected. I was getting a little bit teary eyed when I had to pack it in the box. But after I sent it off, I was (and still am) glad I did it.

So, here is the information if you are interested in the same thing!

I donated my dress and my veil to the Making Memories Breast Cancer Foundation. This website has pretty much all the information you need to know, but a quick run-down:
-You print & fill out a short form on their website to include in the box that includes the value of your gown and any other items you're donating
-They suggest you donate $40 to help with the dress pressing, etc
-I picked up a box from Fed-Ex that looked like it would hold my dress, stuffed the dress and the veil in the garment bag into the box, then filled in the remaining areas with tissue paper. After closing the box, we took it back to Fed-Ex to have it shipped (with insurance).
Shortly after the dress arrived at their headquarters, they sent me an email with the receipt and confirmation

It really was easy and something I am very glad I did and I would recommend it to anyone.


  1. Over from Mingle Monday! Love this idea! That is too cool!
    Love your blog! I am a new follower :)


  2. That is such a neat idea. I've thought about donating mine, but I'm not sure if I could. I just love having it.

  3. that's incredibly sweet and generous of you. Good for you...it's something I can considering..but I just don't know if I can yet...and I do plan on having kids, so the daughter thing does weigh on my mind...sigh, I don't know.

  4. I think this is such a neat and sweet idea!! How amazing that some lucky bride is going to be able to wear your gorgeous dress when she may have otherwise not been able to !!