Why wear it on only one day?
1. Like most girls, it was love at first sight with my wedding dress.
After a fairly painful process of trying on countless dresses and realizing I wasn’t shaped like a bridal mannequin, I knew this Sarah Seven dress from Lovely Bride was the one. I ended up throwing down way more money than I anticipated — succumbing to the “wedding dress shopping experience” and enjoyed counting down the days to wear it down the aisle.
2. And when that day came, I enjoyed wearing it more than is easily put into words.
Best. Day. Ever.
3. After the wedding I sadly hung it up in my closet, not knowing what to do with it.
I could have donated it, but I destroyed the bottom walking around NYC after the wedding. I could seal it in an airtight bag and hope my theoretical future daughter has very outdated taste in fashion? Or possibly even make it into a piece of art for my wall?…None of these options was that appealing.
4. Or maybe, just maybe, I should wear it again, WHENEVER I DAMN WANT. Like this Saturday night for example.
When I re-opened the dress bag for the first time since the wedding, I had immediate second thoughts: Was this disrespectful to the sanctity of my marriage?…The sanctity of ALL marriages? But after stepping into it I remembered it made me feel like a FUCKING ROCKSTAR, and I couldn’t wait to get out on the town.
5. The first lesson I learned was people in New York City will still upstream you for a cab even if you’re in a wedding dress.
This happened twice, meaning two people ran in front of me grabbing the cabs I had so patiently hailed.
6. The next lesson I learned is that everyone stares at you all night.
7. And I mean, everyone. This happens ALL NIGHT.
This could have been fun depending on how much attention you like getting, but I was feeling pretty ridiculous. My first mistake was starting the night stone-cold sober. In retrospect I should have pre-gamed…hard.
8. We then met up with some friends at a favorite bar in the East Village, Grassroots Tavern.
This is a good way to get your friends worried about your mental health.
9. Here’s my husband questioning his decision of marrying me.
10. As the night went on though, it became increasingly fun.
Tons of people came up to me and asked about the dress, yelled congratulations or just straight up started dancing with me. It was a great conversation starter. I ended up talking to way more people that I normally would on a night out.
11. Some people even asked for a picture with me.
I kind of felt like a celebrity…or a very social crazy person, one of the two.
12. The night culminated with me screaming Green Day’s “Basket Case” at Sing Sing Karaoke.
I think the dress really added a lot to my performance.
13. And only got a little weirder from there.
14. In the early hours of the morning we finally headed home.
I ended the night fulfilling a longtime fantasy of mine of eating chocolate while wearing my dress on the couch; it was more than a little liberating.
15. In conclusion:
I highly recommend wearing your wedding dress again after your wedding. Just be ready to talk to lots of strangers, get free drinks, and possibly “ruin” your dress a little more. I don’t think I’ll be doing this every weekend, but maybe a new anniversary tradition is in order.