Wedding Dresses Don’t Belong in Boxes.

I said I wanted to sell my dress.

I said I was not sentimental.

No one bought it.

I lowered the price.

Not a single bite.

Minus some weirdo who wanted to wire money from another country…

So, I gave in.

Three years later.

I bought a preservation box,

Wrapped the lace in acid-free paper,

Put a lid over my beautiful dress,

Said good-bye for decades.

Now, I open my closet to see a sad white box that won’t fit under my bed as promised.

Before a stunning gown draped over the door frame,

A happy reminder.

Feels like I put away a chapter of my life,

A year spent planning,

A day I will never forget,

I guess the honeymoon is over.

I am no longer the bride.

The dress is tucked away.

I am the wife.

Need a wedding dress by chance?

I still say wedding dresses don’t belong in boxes.

Dress.

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11 thoughts on “Wedding Dresses Don’t Belong in Boxes.

  1. Kozo says:

    Beautiful dress, Olivia. I can’t believe no one would buy it. The lace in the train is gorgeous. Maybe one of your students will want it in the future. 🙂

    • oliviaobryon says:

      Thanks Kozo. I was admittedly a lazy seller– I only put it on our local Craigslist. In retrospect, the likelihood of someone looking for a used dress in the exact same size with the exact same taste was a bit of a stretch… Just funny how now I feel weighed down by the box. Much easier to give up our possessions than keep them sometimes.

  2. xandertrek says:

    I love that dress! I spent a year wondering what it looked like, what you were going to look like on that day. So I maybe a bit sentimental and am glad no one bought it. We’ll find a place out of your line of sight to store it :O)

  3. Beautiful dress!!! I love the train, and that it’s not super poufy 🙂

    I don’t know if I’m totally off in this suggestion, but I’ve heard of a cool site/app where you can sell items from your closet…it was born out of the idea that some women spend a lot of money on an item they only wear once or twice, so why not re-sell it to other women doing the same thing? Not sure if you’ll find wedding dresses on there, but maybe you can be the first! http://www.poshmark.com

  4. nicole says:

    beautiful dress, and lovely writing about it. Did you keep a piece of it?

    • oliviaobryon says:

      Thanks Nicole– I didn’t think about keeping just a piece of it, what a lovely idea, especially if I ever part with it. For now, the whole thing is in a gigantic box in my closet 🙂

  5. My friend used her veil and part of her dress to make her daughter’s christening gown. I have my own issues with wedding dresses in boxes….so I appreciate your feelings.

    • oliviaobryon says:

      I love that idea! And, so interesting that wedding dresses in boxes carry so many emotions. My mom let me wear hers in a class play when I was in fifth grade. I was Desdemona about to be killed by Othello. She and my dad were divorced… I ruined the gown but felt so incredible wearing it, so I guess it went to a good cause 😉

      • I tried to sell a boxed wedding dress at a garage sale….no interest….just a lot of questions….So it sat under my bed (mine fit!) for a year…a painful reminder of a failed marriage. It ended up at Goodwill, where no one would no the story. Hopefully it was used by someone who needed it.

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