Our Aussie single mum support group members share their favourite ways to completely destroy their wedding dress. With pics – for extra satisfaction!
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Your wedding gown is often one of the big symbols of what getting married meant to you. So after separation and divorce, it’s becoming frequently more common for the ex-bride to to wreck the dress. For many women, that means – trash it! Burn it! Paint it! Or recycle it, and cut it up into tiny little pieces…
Our Australian single mum support group members often like to share pictures of them trashing their wedding dress after their divorce is finalised. Each time these pictures are posted, the overwhelming response from the other group members is – you go, girl!
After all, there’s nothing that says “I’m putting this mess behind me” quite so eloquently as destroying your dress from the big day. Even better, throwing a divorce party and inviting all your friends around to witness the silk, satin and tulle-textile carnage.
Of course we don’t all feel this way. Many mums treasure their wedding dress as much as they ever did, or just leave it hanging in the closet.
However if you’re one of the ones looking for other ideas on what to do with your wedding gown after your marriage breakdown, well…here’s our mums’ top-5 ways to “recycle” the heck out of your wedding dress!
1. Trashing your wedding dress
I trashed my wedding dress on my divorce day. My friends and I went to the beach and they all helped me trash my dress. It was an empowering end to my marriage – Jasmine Kilmartin, Single Mum Support Group member
I had a divorce party, had the dress hanging up so the guests can spray it with food colouring in water pistols. Then I put the dress on, had everyone tear it off me…. and THEN I happily threw it in the bin! – Tarryn Bond, Single Mum Support Group member
I video my daughter throwing paint at it haha together for 6 years – told me 2 weeks before that he wasn’t I love with me anymore so on the day I was to get married we had fun trashing it with paint, then ripping in to bits – hahaha – Single Mum Support Group member
Lol I trashed mine – Single Mum Support Group member
2. Burning your wedding dress
I burnt mine in a barrel – Em McCarthy, Single Mum Support Group member
I put everything and I mean everything in the fire pit and set fire to it!! – Single Mum Support Group member
I burned my dress to a crisp and took a smiling pic in front lol. The burn mark is still in my driveway unfortunately – Single Mum Support Group member
Having a trash the dress photoshoot in the new year, where I am planning to burn it – Single Mum Support Group member
3. Redesigning your wedding dress
I have used mine but altered it for 3 Halloween’s, and my oldest 13 has used it for cosplay – Elizabeth Cobern, Single Mum Support Group member
4. Repurposing your wedding dress
I ripped mine and used it as a backdrop to take photos for my small business – customers loved hearing the story – Single Mum Support Group member
I had parts of mine made into keepsakes for my daughters – Single Mum Support Group member
5. Dumping your wedding dress
I just left it behind lol – Single Mum Support Group member
Bonus round – involuntarily trashing your dress by having it stolen
My ex husband dropped mine off at the tip. I drove there two days later and it was gone. It made me so sad – Single Mum Support Group member
I actually would like to get mine back, but it is at my inlaws and I am not likely to be able to get it – Single Mum Support Group member
So what do you think? Did you burn the dress? Trash the dress? Or treasure it as much as ever? Comment how you handle the wedding dress after divorce dilemma, below!
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