Next year my husband and I will be married 40 years. Forty years. We had a big wedding and I had a big wedding dress (the train behind seemed to go for miles). My younger sister wore the same dress at her wedding (looking beautiful, of course). After her wedding, the dress sat in a closet gathering dust and yellowing with age.
For thirty years the dress moved from house to house as we moved, taking up a good portion of valuable closet space. Until I read an article about a charity accepting wedding dresses. This particular charity accepted older style wedding dresses and with the help of talented seamstresses, they updated and sold. Proceeds are then given to cancer research, breast cancer in particular.
After a thorough cleaning at the dry cleaners I donated the dress and never had a regret. Someone else is enjoying a full-blown white wedding dress for their big day and I am making a difference in the fight against cancer.