Saturday, October 21, 2017

Beyond walking down the aisle

David Lee May 16, 2012
True love… Donna and Leonardo Carrafa had a summer wedding in early February at Leanardo’s Mothers property in Congupna. Photo: Lisa Nardella Photography.

TRUE LOVE… Donna and Leonardo Carrafa had a summer wedding in early February at Leanardo’s Mothers property in Congupna. Photo: Lisa Nardella Photography.

VOWS and rings have been exchanged and you’re standing at the alter awaiting the final tying of a loving bond that comes with the words ‘I Do,’ but where do you go from here?
With the focus over the many months leading to the big day on the reception, seating arrangements, flowers, food, hair, make up, tux and of course the all important Wedding Dress you may be left wondering what to do with the garment you walked down the aisle with after your perfect day.
Sticking with tradition you could have it professionally dry-cleaned, using a service that specializes in wedding dresses so they use the right solvents and once it’s back at home, store it in a cool, dry place until you hand it down to your children.
A complete redesign could help bring it back to life. Have it hemmed to tea-length and dyed so it can be worn for other special occasions, like your anniversary.
Re-work part of it by cutting the beautiful train off, using it to make something practical for use on a day to day basis like a handbag that you can keep and get continued use out of.
There are options to donate it to a worthy cause, for example Brides Against Breast Cancer, giving somebody else a chance to enjoy the garment that brought you so much joy.
If you truly wish to be creative save it until you have your first child then take the gown and transform it into the child’s christening outfit, this is practical and you don’t have to wait another 20 odd years to see it in use again.