Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Wedding Dress Donation

The search for my wedding dress was not unlike the search for the groom: it took longer than I imagined; I found a few potential ones, only to figure out that they weren’t right for me; there were many tears, and finally, when I least expected it, I found one that was better than I imagined. My mom and mother-in-law were there to witness most of my dress searching. (Husband was even there for a short time, as he’d play chauffeur and then would end up napping in the car while we tried on the dresses. He also got mistaken for my brother by one of the dress shop owners, which was both funny and awkward.) In the end, we all agreed that the dress I found was perfect for me. It was beautiful and simple, and in terms of price, it was a deal. Originally, I put it on hold because I thought I wanted to think about it. But minutes later, as we were driving out of the parking lot, I said dramatically, “Stop the car! I want to buy the dress!” And I ran into the store and bought it that same day. After the wedding, I knew I wanted to donate it. It was such a pretty dress that I couldn’t accept the idea of it sitting in a closet for years, never to be worn again. Surprisingly, the search to donate it has been more challenging than I thought. First, I almost donated it to an international organization that I contacted, but I never heard from them. There were a couple of other organizations that wanted it, but then their dress sales were canceled. More recently, we thought a needy girl that lived near my grandma would want it, but it turns out she already had a dress. But finally, this past week, I found an organization that is happy to have it. I’m thrilled that another girl will get to wear it on her special day, and all the proceeds will help a very worthy organization. I’m happy to donate the dress because I’m keeping the real prize from my wedding: the groom.

9 comments:

Tasha said...

I want to see pictures of the dress! I couldn't bear to part with mine. Even though I will never wear it again, I like to know that I can go look at it every now and then. :-)

Allison @ I heart Change said...

Your first sentence made me laugh out loud! Ahh the search for the perfect dress.

I'm glad you found someone to donate it too. That's very good of you. (Mine is totally in a closet and will stay there for awhile longer.)

Sespi said...

Yay! I'm glad you found somewhere to donate it. What a great idea!

Ms. Emily Ann said...

What a fabulous, selfless thing to do! When I get married ~one day~ I am not sure I will be able to part with my dress, but hope to do the same!

Ms. Emily Ann said...

What a fabulous, selfless thing to do! When I get married ~one day~ I am not sure I will be able to part with my dress, but hope to do the same!

Crazy Shenanigans said...

That's so thoughtless and nice of you to donate your dress! Someone will be a very lucky girl!

Ashley @ KiwisandCocktails said...

I cant believe it was so hard to find a place to donate it! I also want to see a picture!
I would donate mine if I knew someone who wanted it or needed it. My friend is getting married next month and wearing her mother's wedding dress!!! This is the first friend I know who is actually wearing a family dress and not buying one!

Allison said...

Where are you donating it? I've thought about doing the same...

Jackie said...

That's a really nice idea!