Lots of brides are ditching the conventional wisdom that your wedding dress is something you only wear once. One such bride,blogger Carla Rothberg, decided to dye hers black two years after her special day. Read her story and see pictures, after the jump.
For her September 2007 wedding, Carla had trouble finding the perfect dress. Since she’s plus size, she struggled to find something that suited her taste, figure and love of high quality simplicity. She wound up having her dress custom made. While the $4,800 price tag was more than she’d planned to spend, it was worth splurging to find something that, in her words, didn’t make her feel “like a cupcake.” Specifically, she wanted some coverage on her arms and minimum embellishment.
But two years after her wedding had come and gone, and the dress was sitting unworn in her closet. Meanwhile, Carla had another wedding to attend and was striking out on finding good eveningwear that as she says, “didn’t require a pashmina, shawl or a messy, matronly accessory.” She decided her future daughter probably wouldn’t want to wear her dress and so, she should dye hers. She found Metro Custom Dyeing, plopped down $50, signed scary papers that said they were not responsible if the dress fabric (100% silk) didn’t hold up to the dye job and waited…. Voila, the dye took and Carla had a gorgeous long black evening gown!
She was super-excited to be able to wear the newly old dress recently to her good friend’s wedding. The best part, she says, was having that feeling again of being ” pretty, at ease and comfortable in my own skin,” just like she had on her own wedding day.
Carla wearing her new black gown, with her sister (right), at a friend’s wedding