5 Ways to Donate Your Wedding Dress

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If your wedding gown is hanging in your closet collecting dust, you may be wondering what you can do with it. You could pay to have it preserved or you can donate it to one of these meaningful causes.

  1. Angel Gowns – Your wedding dress can be turned into burial clothing for babies. The outfits are created by seamstresses using your donated dress and then given to NICU and hospitals. They in turn give the dresses to grieving parents. NICU Helping Hands, The Still Remembered Project, and Angel Gowns by Michelle are just a few organizations that create Angel Gowns.
  2. Brides for a Cause – This bridal shop accepts donated dresses and resells them to raise money for charity. Since 2012 they've collected over 10,000 wedding dresses and given away $700,000 to local and national charities. You can find out more about this non-profit on their website.
  3. Brides Across America – First responders and those in the military receive weddings and wedding gowns from this non-profit. It was founded in 2008 and hosts dozens of "Operation Wedding Gown" events each year. Since its inception, Brides Across America has gifted over 24,000 wedding dresses and 22 free weddings.
  4. Adorned in Grace – This Portland, Oregon shop resells donated wedding gowns. The profits go towards raising awareness and funds for the prevention of human trafficking and support for survivors. Adorned in Grace also accepts formalwear, mother-of-the-bride dresses, and flower girl dresses.
  5. Brides Against Breast Cancer – Here's another organization that resells donated wedding gowns. The proceeds go toward supporting early detection education programs, research and legislative efforts. You can find out more about this non-profit on their website.

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