Are you wondering where you can donate your wedding dress in Australia?
Maybe you are divorced and your dress no longer has meaning … or, it has meaning but not particularly good ones.
Even if you are partnered, a wedding dress isn’t much use after the big day.
I’d always imagined that I would give my wedding dress to one of my daughters. But really? Would they get married in mum’s old dress? It was a thing of wonder 25 years ago when I got married but now it’s outta date and, from memory, has a nasty wine stain down the front.
In reality, there’s not a lot of point in hanging onto a wedding dress.
On the other hand, there are lots of reasons to donate it.
- It will free up space … stop being a hoarder
- If you’ve had no use for it for the last however many years, you will unlikely have a use for it in the future
- It will save your kids the trip to the charity shop when you cark it
- There are lots of people out there who would have a use for it
- Donating/reusing anything is doing a good turn for the world’s resources
- It will provide money for a good cause and help those less fortunate than yourself
OK, so you’re finally ready to ditch the dress?
Here are some suggestions on where to donate your wedding dress in Australia.
Where can I donate my wedding dress in Australia?
If you are considering where to donate your wedding dress, the best place in my opinion is Angel Gowns.
Angel Gowns is a charity that does two wonderful things:
- They make and gift angel gowns to parents of babies who have sadly passed
- They make and gift tutus to children who have a long-term illness
It’s a shame that dress collections are closed at the time of writing. My understanding is that they already have too many dresses but if you have a wedding dress to donate, keep an eye on the website as hopefully they will open for donations soon.
Btw, there are other ways to help this incredible charity, head to the website and apply to be a volunteer.
Further reading: How volunteering can seriously help your mental health.
GIVE IT TO A CHARITY SHOP
We all have a local charity shop that will be delighted to accept your wedding dress as a donation.
I volunteer at Lifeline and we get some beautiful wedding dresses to resell.
If you donate your dress to an op-shop it might be worn for another wedding, a party, or get ripped apart to re-use the beautiful material. It’s heartening to see these dresses get another lease on life … whatever form that might take.
Us volunteers always get excited when a customer tries on a second-hand wedding dress!
STICK IT ON FACEBOOK
If you want to get a wide reach and gift your dress in such a way that feels right for you, why not list it on Facebook Marketplace?
Make sure you list it as “FREE” and add a little spiel about who you would like to gift the dress to, for example:
“If you are getting married and can’t afford a dress I would love to gift it to you.”
“I would love my dress to go to good use, please tell me how you plan to re-use it.”
Selling this way allows you to connect with the person you donate it to. You can personally hand over the dress and you know what will happen to it. This can be a meaningful and cathartic way to part with your dress.
WHERE CAN I DONATE MY OLD WEDDING DRESS IN AUSTRALIA?
DARE FORMAL WEAR
On my hunt for where to donate wedding dresses in Australia, I came across this fab shop, Dare Formal Wear in Strathpine, QLD.
Dare Formal Wear is a not-for-profit organisation which supports victims of domestic violence through the proceeds of their shop which resells donated wedding and formal wear.
If you are happy to pay for postage, send your dress to them. Or, if you live near the shop or are passing by at any time, drop in your wedding dress and know you have done something to help protect women and children from domestic violence across Australia.
MY WEDDING WISH
My Wedding Wish is a charity that plans and gifts weddings to the terminally ill. They, like Angel Gowns, have temporarily stopped wedding dress donations because they have too many. Again, stay posted with My Wedding Wish as if they re-open wedding dress donations, you want to be first in line.