Thursday, April 28, 2011

Bon Voyage My Ivory Friend

This is totally a lazy post on my part but, because we are moving and I don’t plan on wearing it again unless as a part of a zombie Halloween costume, I’ve decided to donate my wedding gown to charity. And this is my letter of goodbye to that off-the-rack gown that I plucked from a sale bin at a place called Denilore Bridal in the wilds of Edmonton. It was a steal of deal and served me well on that day.















(and I even managed to squeeze myself into one more time before we part ways)


and so I bid it a fond adieu and hope that it finds a good new home. For my married readers, have you kept your wedding dress and why/why not?

40 comments:

GIRL AND CLOSET said...

aww, goodbye dress and I love this post you look SO gorgeous!!

As for mine? I kept my dress. I just couldn't imagine parting ways with it. I had it cleaned put it in a display box and it sits in my walk in closet (very small walk in closet) ;-)

Best of luck with the move. xx veronika

Ellie said...

Oh my gosh these photos are absolutely GORGEOUS! I love your dress!
I think my mom gave away her dress, but I wish she kept hers, I totally would have worn it, it was so gorgeous!
Have a great day!
-Ellie

Angela said...

You look so lovely in your wedding dress!! I've been wondering the very thing you're asking today. I am getting married this Saturday(!) and I'm trying to figure out what to do with my dress afterwards. Sell it while it's still new and in style? Or keep it? For what? Decisions decisions!

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classic • casual • home said...

Such a gorgeous bride. Your dress showcased YOU.

Michelle said...

Aww you look sooo ecstatic! And I think its really nice you're donating it to charity. Someone has the chance to look as beautiful as you were in it!

StyleID said...

I love your wedding pictures! Beautiful tiara and necklace to.
I kept mine but its not bulky so it doesn't bother me and I only get to see it when I move and I haven't move (thank God) in the past 7 years .... in my case I think with a little DIY work it can be a nice corset or summer dress.....

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ALEV said...

I loved your wedding photos..Today one of my other has also posted her wedding day.
Your' s is also so lovely.
congratulations !!

Emma said...

These are Great pictures and that is a really pretty dress. I didn't bother buying a wedding dress. I just wore slacks and a top from Macys. I spent all of my money on a Tarina Tarantino Hello Kitty Wedding Tiara lol.

Sunny & Star said...

You look so beautiful in your wedding dress. And I love your tiara. I think it is great that you are donating it to charity to help another bride look glamorous on her wedding day.

two birds said...

absolutely beautiful! someone else will make a lovely bride someday soon in that dress!

Bonnie said...

I LOVE CREEPING ON YOUR WEDDING PICTURES.
You are so damn beautiful.
And that picture of you with your tongue sticking out -- Reminds me why we are friends. :)

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Kristin said...

You were such a gorgeous bride! I haven't parted with my dress yet, but I have thought about it.

Chelsea Lane said...

awh, what a tough decision! you look gorgeous in it courtney :)

xoxo

blorange dice said...

ohh courtney, you look beautiful!!!! i love this post and am so glad you shared. haha my sister has held on to her wedding dress, and i feel like she tries it on every time she goes to my parents' house (where it's stored). anyway, super cool of you to donate for someone else

Nikki said...

I spotted your name on about every blog I checked today so I just had to come by ^^ I am not married, I am still a little young for that, but I know my mom kept her wedding dress. It has become a little greyisch over time. It's a very nice thing to donate your dress to charity! x

Marie a la Mode said...

Are you sure you don't want to keep it? Are you going to regret giving it away in the future? It's so beautiful, I think if I were in your shoes i wouldn't be able to part ways with it!

maweisse said...

Beautiful pics, love!

I have kept my wedding dress, even though it takes up a TON of space. I am sure part of keeping it is sentimental, but above all I want to wear that lovely text-book definition of "Disney Princess Meets Cream Puff in Sparkle Factory" some day with black gloves, a ladies' black top hat, black Victorian booties, false eyelashes of ridiculous proportions, and maybe a feather boa, with the back rebustled to do that Victorian Mighty Bum look.

So, until such a day arrives, the dress stays.

elledee said...

such a pretty bride!

Oh to Be a Muse said...

awhhh, you look so pretty in this dress Courtney! i totally love it on you. but it's nice that you are deciding to donate it. i still have my dress, but it's actually back at my inlaws' home in florida--didn't want to ruin it in the move!

ABIGAIL NY said...

You look so gorgeous in that dress ... love the wedding photos. Is it just me or do wedding photos look better in black/white?

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Jennifer Fabulous said...

You were a stunning bride! I love that the dress still fits you. That's awesome! I don't blame you for giving it to charity. After all, like you said you are never going to wear it again and I'm sure some girl with little money would be thrilled to purchase that gorgeous gown for her wedding at such a cheap price! xoxo

FRANKIE HEARTS FASHION said...

Stunning and love the photos! xo

Closet Fashionista said...

You look amazing in that dress!!! Too bad you have to let it go though :(
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Isabel said...

you looked beautiful on your wedding day! i think i would want to keep mine but im not married so who knows how id feel if i was...

MosaMuse said...

aww you looked so beautiful on your wedding day. but its great that you're giving it to the next lucky lady.
xo
MosaMuse

Tinfoils Tiaras said...

What a stunning dress- I love your goofy wedding pics! I think that's a great idea to donate the dress because it's like a prom dress- you probably won't wear it again.

LyddieGal said...

Aww, you looked so lovely on your wedding day!
I think you went about getting your dress the right way - i can't stand the idea of spending piles of money on a dress you'll wear once...

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Kallie, Happy Honey and Lark said...

AND YOU HAVE A TIARA! I shouldn't be surprised. You look beautiful in the dress, and its such a wonderful thing to donate it to someone who can't afford something new on their special day. I'd probably donate mine, since its not like you can wear it out to dinner or anything...unless you did...in which case I wouldn't drink red wine...

Nav said...

OMG! Such a Gorgeous dress! You were a beautiful bride. I get married next year (as you know) and I will buy and dress and then re-sell it for sure! Unless a millionaire lottery by then, then I might not.

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Ashley [Free Honey] said...

You look absolutely gorgeous!!! I am single but I imagine that should I ever get hitched, I will def keep mine. I have trouble throwing away holey jeans so I can't really see me getting rid of my wedding dress. Unless I get divorced...

Don't have a boyfriend, yet here I am - planning my divorce. Maybe THAT's why I dont have a bf. ooops...

laura said...

Courtney, what a great thing to do! You look lovely in your dress! And the wedding pics you posted are AWESOME!

I have my dress somewhere at my parents' house... It's funny because my ceremony was more for my parents than for myself. I wanted an Alice in Wonderland wedding, and they wanted a church wedding. Our compromise= I wear white and we actually have a ceremony, even if it was ministered by a non-Christian. haha.
hearts, laura♥
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Minnesota Maven said...

You looked amazing in your wedding dress! The day looked lovely.

Burning Skies said...

Aww...maybe you can convert your wedding dress into something more wearable everyday? :) I remember Project Runway had a task like that before.

Claire said...

pretty dress! that's great that you can fit yours (although it's going bye bye... just nice to know!). i have mine. i always planned to dye it. it was super duper plain because it wasn't really a wedding dress, just a cream colored long gown from Macy's. i love it. i could wear it to a party if only it still fit! damn i was skinny!

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Sharon said...

such a prettyy dress! :)

Jessica said...

That dress fit you like a dream - so gorgeous! (But I LOVE the photo of you being goofy!)

I'm not married yet, but I'll probably keep my dress. I'm thankful my mom kept her's.

Twenty.Something said...

YOU are gorgeous! That dress is incredibly flattering on you... stunning! I'm not married, but I think donating makes sense... good for you!

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Yeraldin Morillo said...

I love your dress very beautiful !
Beautiful day for you !
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agnes said...

tu est magnifique, et j'aime beaucoup ta robe, superbes photos

Ashleigh said...

What a sweet thing to do!! And a gorgeous dress. I'm sure a lucky lady will be very happy :) I love seeing your wedding pics, so fun!