Wedding Wednesday: Always a Bridesmaid....

I am about a month away from my fifth appearance as a bridesmaid in a close friend’s wedding.

I love other people’s weddings. I love the planning, the decisions, the drama, the year full of wine-drinking occasions, the showers, the registry-stalking, the program-assembling, etc.

Through all of these weddings, I admittedly have never been subject to a heinous bridesmaid dress (knock on wood).

However, I have also never been privy to, despite the brides’ best intentions, a dress that I will ever wear again. Ever.

Consequently, I have a section of my already crowded closet devoted to these dresses. Lately, I have been seriously considering seeking out somewhere to donate the dresses. Perhaps someplace like the Cinderella Project that donates them to girls who need prom dresses. I am sure there is someone who would be thrilled to wear them, right?

Anyway, this brings me to my current quandary – also a reader request – how long is appropriate to hang on to the dresses after the actual wedding date? Is there a time limit that you are obligated to hold on to them, or are they up for grabs immediately after the big day?

flj

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

If you do decide donate the dresses to a charity, let us know how the process works!

MC said...

Are any of them styled in such a way that you could alter the dress and have something you would wear again? I had one of my prom dresses shortened to knee length and wore it several times.

Farrell & Lauren said...

not without having the altered dress scream 'this is a bridesmaid dress!'
however, i have seen this done successfully with some dresses, which is great!

Lilly said...

I certainly hope a bride would not be offended should you donate your dress to charity! As a bride-to-be, I certainly wouldn't.

In Chicago, we have a fabulous event called the Glass Slipper Project, which has been on Oprah. They have a link on their homepage to similar organizations in different states: http://glassslipperproject.org/yostate.htm

Anonymous said...

You could donate some & keep a few. It would be fun to get together 20 years from now for a beach/shopping weekend without husbands and children and see who could still get into their favorite or hideously ugly bridesmaid dresses! :)

Mrs. STL Sarah said...

Up for grabs immediately. I wouln't hold onto a bridesmaid dress for any period of time at all, unless I planned to wear it again.