After 6 long years, I have decided to give my wedding dress away. I’m hoping the next girl that wears it will be as beautiful on her day as I was on mine. Okay, let me stop, by now I’m sure most of you are wondering when I got married as I’ve never mentioned a husband and those of you who are close friends are probably gearing up to send me a “WTF” text. Don’t worry, the boy still hasn’t proposed and we didn’t elope behind your back. However, I really did giveaway a wedding dress, but not one that was worn to a wedding!

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I gave away the wedding dress I wore to May Day, a HUGE traditional ceremony for all the graduating girls at my high school. May Day is a highly anticipated event in which all of the graduating senior girls wear wedding dresses to perform a maypole dance. The event is rooted in European pagan rituals and once served as a presentation of women, ready to be married, to society (i.e. eligible husbands). While I’m unsure if this was ever the purpose of the event at my high school, I know that for many years May Day has served as a presentation and celebration of young women ending one chapter of life and embarking on a new one (college). While the day itself is unforgettable because of its grandeur and beauty, the preparation leading up to the big day is just as special.

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Unfortunately for some families, they don’t get to enjoy the preparation due to the cost of the wedding dress (combined with insane cost of tuition, but that’s a conversation for another day). While there are no requirements on what you spend, every girl wants to look beautiful at May Day and even a “cheap” gown is going to cost a couple of hundred dollars and that doesn’t even factor in alterations. Coming from a single-parent home, I know all too well what this can be like. I’m fortunate that my experience wasn’t marred or stressful because of finances, but recognize it probably would have been had we been unable to afford a dress. That’s why when I got an email from the Head of School, requesting alumnae donate their dresses I was more than happy to oblige. In fact, I texted some of my closest high school friends to be sure they had seen the email and offered to play a role in getting their dresses where they needed to go. While I’ve only had one friend take me up on my offer, I’m hoping to persuade a few others so that other young ladies can enjoy May Day as we did.

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This is the first big thing I’ve done for someone else this year and I can’t put it into words how it makes me feel knowing someone will wear this dress again. If you’re in the St. Louis area and have a May Day dress (or wedding dress, judge free zone here folks) you would like to donate, please let me know and I will assist you in getting it to the right people. If you’re not in St. Louis, I implore you to give your dress a second chance at life and find an organization to donate it to. Always remember that it’s a blessing to be a blessing.

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27 comments on “Giving Away My Wedding Dress”

  1. What an amazing idea! Unfortunately, mine is pretty ruined with mud as our reception was outside and it had rained the day before and morning of. I’m planning to make mine into christening gowns…or, rather, have someone else do it for me.

    • I think any way of re-purposing/reusing these types of things are great! People spend sooooo much money on them, it’s a shame to let them sit in a basement collecting dust! I’m bet those christening gowns will be beautiful and they will have an added special meaning!

      xoxo,
      Roxy

  2. Awe! Beautiful thing that you’ve done. I love programs that re-use/re-purpose some of our most loved possessions. I’m planning on donating my own wedding dress to the Angel Gown program this summer after I have a wedding dress photoshoot with my daughter in it 🙂

    • That’s so kind of you. I feel so good about giving the dress away that I’m looking for other gently loved things I can pass along. I hope you blog/post pics after your daughter’s photoshoot. I’m sure those pictures are going to be adorable!

      xoxo,
      Roxy

    • Thanks Angela! I hope she enjoys it just as much as I did. It seemed like a total no brainer to pass it along. My only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner.

      xoxo,
      Roxy

    • I realized well after the fact that it isn’t something a lot of people do and/or know about. It’s sooo gorgeous seeing everyone in this white gowns! Thanks for stopping by.

      xoxo,
      Roxy

  3. Hey Hi Roxy, I loved your May wedding dress. However I have never heard about May day traditional ceremony. Thanks for sharing your beautiful post with us and your deeds of donating your dress is really incredible as it’s difficult to donate such a pretty dress. God Bless!

    • Thank you so much for your kind words Ana! May Day is popular here at several schools so it wasn’t for a while that I realized just how uncommon it was. That definitely makes me feel like the day was that much more special!

    • This is an awesome idea. I totally agree that the cause is heart breaking and that these new angels deserve to be dressed beautifully. Thanks for sharing this! I hope that my other UK readers will considering donating and that others will be inspired to look for similar organizations wherever they are.

      xoxo,
      Roxy

    • Because it was such a highly anticipated event at my school and several others in the area, it wasn’t for quite some time that I realized it’s not something done all over! I guess this realization made me feel like it was all that much more special of an event.

      xoxo,
      Roxy

  4. Oh wow I thought you were giving away your actual wedding dress you wore to a wedding phew lol but I think this is an awesome idea and I am sure someone will make use of your MayDay wedding dress. It’s gorgeous btw

    • You’re right about that! Honestly, the dress was probably never going to see the light of day again. I had never really thought what would come of it after the fact. I’m thrilled to know another young lady will get to wear it!

      xoxo,
      Roxy

    • It’s kind of fun that you mention being a hoarder because I am too! I have such a hard time getting rid of things, but shockingly this one was super easy! Thanks so much for stopping by.

      xoxo,
      Roxy

    • Congratulations on your marriage, one year is almost here!! I certainly could not imagine ever giving away my actual wedding dress (probably cuz I’m still imagining buy a wedding dress to begin with. lol). I’m so glad I was able to give this graduation/May Day dress a second chance at life and simultaneously help someone else.

      xoxo,
      Roxy

    • Thanks so much Elizabeth. I certainly hope so. I’m not sure how the school has decided to do things, but it is my hope that she will pass it on to another girl. Thanks for stopping by!

      xoxo,
      Roxy

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