For three years after I got married, my wedding dress sat in a lump on the floor of my closet. It had chocolate icing smeared down the front of it, a bourbon and coke stain on the train, and half of its lining ripped out as a result of my husband’s superb dancing skills. Eventually, the dress made its way to the dry cleaner’s where they did a little magic on it. The stain on the back of it remains clearly visible, but the icing was removed and the tear was repaired.
I think the idea of one day having my daughter wear it is downright cruel (An out-dated dress that has a big stain on it! You’ll be the envy of all your friends!), so I’m not really certain why I’ve kept it all these years or even took it to the dry cleaners to be “fixed.” Some friends have suggested that I cut it up and make it into something new, the way that Andie Walsh did in Pretty in Pink. And, I honestly like this idea, but have never acted on it.
My unrealistic desire to cut up my dress and repurpose it came to a sudden halt yesterday when I read an e-mail from my husband about the Trash the Dress project. My days of storing my wedding dress are finished. I have great plans of wearing it in the mud or under water or while skiing or in whatever crazy situation the photographer can imagine. (To give you an idea of my dreams of what to do on this project, check out this collection by photographer John Michael Cooper. Wow.)
If you have your wedding dress in your closet and are looking for a creative way to have it cease being clutter, consider participating with me in the Trash the Dress project.
Now I hope my dress still fits …
Photo at right courtesy of Mark Eric.