The Wedding Dress Project: Recycle The Love

Recycle the love. Wedding dress and good sharing between generous wives and deserving brides.

The First Dress Exchange

 

So here's how it all started....

I knew that after getting married I wanted to pass my beautiful dress on to another bride who could enjoy it, but after searching and searching for a site to donate it through, I was not having any luck, and meanwhile, my poor little dress was just sitting in my closet all by her lonesome. It really made me sad to think that in her short life, she only had one day in the sun, only one day of glory. She was such a beautiful dress and did such a good job at making me feel absolutely stunning on my day; she really deserved at least one more spin on the dance floor. And that's when I decided to turn to sites like Craigslist and Ruffled with this ad for my dress. The ad basically stated that I would give my dress away to one deserving bride as long as she was willing to let me share her story on my blog, and would pass along the dress to another bride when she was through (as long as it was still in wearable condition).


The Dress

 

My post sat out in oblivion for a little while, and then came in Cris Stone, of kiss my tulle. She's a very active wedding blogger who frequently posts on budget-wedding themes, who was planning a beautiful backyard wedding on a shoe-string budget, with only $100 to spend on a dress. (She had me at hello.) Plus, she's getting married in the Texas Hill Country, right next to where my parents lived, so I'd be able to drop my dress off on an upcoming visit. The arrangement was ideal. 

 



Cris and her hubby "the boy"

We met in June at a wonderful little restaurant near my parents home, and from our first few words, I was so glad that I'd chosen to pass down my dress to Cris. She's a wonderful, vivacious person, who works tirelessly giving back to others through her blog, and I new she not only completely deserved my dress, but she would give it a second stunning wedding day. I haven't looked back on the decision since. Here are a few snapshots of the exchange. 

 

 First dress wearer, and new dress wearer!
The boy was kind enough to heave the dress up for a picture as it traded hands; it's quite heavy.

 And that's how the first dress exchange went down. Cris will be donning the gown in her May wedding reception. 

I loved the feeling of passing my dress down so much that I wanted to share the experience with other brides and wedding fans who want to give their gowns and wedding apparel a new lease on life. I'll be able to keep track of the original dress through this site, a la sisterhood of the traveling dress, and allow other gals to get in on the fun. Trust me, besides getting hitched to the one you love, there are few feelings greater than passing along your dress and making a new friend in the process.

Enjoy!

-Elizabeth
The Wedding Dress Project Founder