What Now?

So many hours spent searching for that perfect dress – the one that made me feel and look like a million bucks – and worth every minute of the glorious search (even if I was sick as a dog with mono at the time). I’m talking about my wedding gown, or as I like to call it, my Jackie O. beauty!

Oh, how I LOVE this dress. You remember that episode of Friends where they sit around the apartment in their dresses? I can SO relate. There’s just something about strutting your stuff in a 500 lb. garment that makes the world a happier place.

Sadly, my day in the gown has come and gone…nearly three years ago, which leads me to my reason for this post.

What do I do with the dress now?

At this moment, it’s hanging in a garment bag upstairs, the same bag it’s been since my wedding night. Yes, I haven’t even had it cleaned yet. Isn’t that awful? Is it too late for it to be cleaned? And what am I supposed to do with it afterwards?

Preservation? I’ve heard scary things about this. It can turn the dress yellow. Or, worse yet, they steal your dress and send you home with a 500-pound box of fluff that you think is your dress. What?! I’m a gambling woman, but even I can't take that bet.

Donation? Ooohhh…I know this is a noble thing to do, but I don’t think I can stand to part with my glorious friend. All of that bead work. And the satin bow. Hell’s bells! It has a satin bow. How can I even think of giving that up?

Help! I need a solution. Something that will keep my dress safe and gorgeous for years to come. Any ideas? Ladies, what have you done with your gowns? UT ladies, do you know of a good place to get wedding dresses cleaned? I’m not going just anywhere.

OK, you get the point. I’m a little beyond obsessed with my wedding dress and need help knowing what to do with it. Any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


Isn't it cute how the dress poofs when I sit in it? It's like sitting in a marshmallow!

My dress and I made our shared debut on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2005 at the Bellagio in Vegas. We walked down the aisle to "She" by Elvis Costello. So wonderful!