The wedding gown is one of the most important physical items for a bride before, during and after her wedding. And, for most brides, it is not an item that she will want to throw away afterwards. A bride’s reason for keeping her gown well-preserved may vary. She may hope to have a sister, daughter or daughter-in-law wear it. She may want to display it, re-sell it, or donate it to charity.
There are also future reasons that a bride may not anticipate. Many a theatre production includes a wedding scene. Very often, a mom will pull out her wedding gown for her actress daughter to wear onstage in a high school or college play or musical.
Other brides are creative types and use the materials from their wedding gowns to fashion a christening dress or first communion dress for their daughter or granddaughter. Oftentimes, a daughter or granddaughter will model the bridal gown for a milestone anniversary celebration. Some brides even wear their original gowns for an anniversary or marriage re-dedication ceremony. Others simply want to touch it and look at it to remember and marvel over the beauty of their wedding day.
In some instances, a well-preserved bridal gown becomes a focal point for a historical exhibit or museum display. The condition of the gown, and not the fame of the bride, can be the determining factor for display.
A well-preserved gown is a gift to the future, whether its use is planned or unplanned. Its value exceeds the beautiful photos and memories of the wedding day when a bride treats it as her own hidden treasure to be utilized as the need arises or creativity dictates.
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