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Here's How To Actually Reuse Your Wedding Dress In A Beautiful Way

Start your very own "something old" tradition.

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There are three things most brides do with their wedding dress after their big day. 1) Be a fucking badass and barhop in it, 2) trash it in the best way possible, or (most likely) 3) Let it collect dust in the closet, never to be seen again.

But, there's now a way you can actually wear your dress whenever you damn please.

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Gabrielle Bratton (Gabe for short), a 28-year-old San Francisco- and Raleigh-based jewelry designer, makes intricate custom jewelry by coating pieces of fabric from old wedding dresses in precious metal.

The pieces only use a small swatch of fabric, so you can totally still preserve the dress. Or, even better, plan ahead and save some scraps from dress alterations.

Customers can get their dress turned into earrings, necklaces, bracelets, brooches, cuff links, or hair accessories as a keepsake after the big day.


Bratton loves knowing her work may become an heirloom that family members wear at their weddings for generations.

"When you think about the amount of time and thought and care that people put into what they wear on their wedding day, and what they're going to pass down, and what they're going to look at in pictures forever, it's just really cool that someone would trust you to make what they wear that day," Bratton said.

If you're interested in getting a wedding dress made into jewelry, here's how to contact Bratton.

Pieces range from $75 to $3,500, depending on materials.

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