making memories

I have been married for nearly 3 years.  My anniversary is coming up in a few weeks.

In addition, we are moving into another apartment, and so things I have been meaning to do for a while are now being done, especially when it means not carrying extraneous things to a new apartment.

Luckily, I had looked online to see options for donating my wedding dress to a charity.  I paid quite a bit to have it cleaned right after the wedding, but not boxed up, as I knew I would not keep it.  The charity I located was Brides Against Breast Cancer.  BABC holds gown sales across the United States, where gowns are sold at a discounted rate to brides in need of a dress.  This initiative and the money made supports Making Memories, whose mission “is to grant wishes, including memory-making events, for metastatic breast cancer patients, while continuing to support, educate and increase resource awareness.”  I was immediately drawn to this for two reasons.  First, I love the idea of the dress going to someone else to be used for their wedding; the idea of someone else having the kind of day I had in that dress makes me so happy.  Second, the money is going to such a good place.  Unfortunately, not all of those who get breast cancer survive it, and the money raised here goes to grant a wish to someone without a lot of time left, whether it be a vacation with family or a wedding dress for their own wedding.

As you can see below, I had a lot of fun in the dress.  I packed it up this morning, along with the crinoline that I wore underneath, as well as another dress purchased for an event years ago that I knew I would never wear again.  (BABC also takes special-occasion dresses to sell at their events to mothers of the bride/groom, bridesmaids, etc.)  It didn’t hurt to see the wedding dress go, I have pictures like this one to remind me of that day, and my own memories and what it meant to me, my husband, and our families and friends.  It is my hope that my dress will contribute to good memories for others.

My dress originally came with a white sash instead of the black one you see in the picture, and I gave that sash to my grandmother who turned it into the ring pillow.  I still have the pillow, in addition to my veil, so I haven’t given everything up.  I find it hard to understand why people keep dresses, especially when they are in boxes that you cannot open for fear of ruining the seal.  Are you ever going to wear it again?  Probably not.

If you have been a bride, what did you do with your dress?  Do you have any other dresses that you no longer wear that could be donated to Brides Against Breast Cancer & Making Memories?

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