It's probably the most expensive outfit you'll ever buy and the one piece of clothing you'll treasure above all others for the rest of your life. So once you've wrapped it in acid free paper and a UV-protective cover, what will you do with your wedding dress?
Well, unless you marry royalty, it's unlikely to end up in a museum. However, that doesn't mean you can't showcase your dress. Purchasing a mannequin and a display case is not unheard of, but you will require a lot of space and fair bit of cash too. If you're not adverse to cutting up your dress, if you have some particularly beautiful lace or applique, you could cut it off and then frame it. Alternatively, you could sew it into a decorative tablecloth.
In these times of austerity and great awareness of reducing waste, some people find it an unnecessary expense to purchase a dress they'll never wear again. Monsoon is particularly great for creating beautiful yet understated dresses that you can use again and again.
You don't even have to turn to the high street for a dress you can wear again. The ever-thrifty Duchess of Cornwall has been spotted in the dress she wore to wed Prince Charles many times since her 2005 nuptials. The dress was a bespoke piece by Robinson Valentine.
If you still want to purchase that dream dress you've had your eye for longer than you care to think about, who knows? If you put it away now, the generation after you may want to wear it. Daughters wearing their mother's wedding dresses has boomed in popularity in the last few years; this is due in part to the tough economic climate, but also because nostalgia and all things vintage are very much in vogue at the moment. Who knows: if you buy that dream dress now, it may well be back in fashion by the time your daughter gets married.