If you are like most brides, you will invest a lot of time and money on finding the perfect wedding attire. Bridal jewelry, a wedding gown, shoes, and a bridal bouquet are all components of a bride's wedding attire. Every bride wants to look beautiful on her wedding day and sacrifices a lot of money to do so. After spending thousands of dollars on your wedding, how can you make the most of it after the wedding is over? There are many creative ways that you can repurpose your bridal jewelry, gown, and bouquet.

Reusing Your Bridal Jewelry and getting the most out of it:

• Wear your bridal jewelry when you celebrate your first anniversary.
• Wear your wedding jewelry to your child's wedding.
• Save your bridal jewelry for your daughter, niece, or granddaughter to wear on her wedding day. Note: Be sure to store your bridal jewelry properly. Swarovski bridal jewelry should be stored in a soft jewelry pouch or box. Be sure to keep it away from excessive heat.
• Allow your sister or best friend to borrow your bridal jewelry for her wedding.
• Save your wedding jewelry for your daughter's senior prom.

Reusing Your Bridal Gown to relive the moment:

• Have your wedding gown remade into a christening gown for your son or daughter.
• Save your bridal gown for your daughter, niece, or granddaughter. Note: Remember to have your gown properly preserved.
• Use your wedding gown to make a small decorative pillow or two.
• Cut a swatch of material from your bridal gown to use in a scrapbook or photo album.
• Purchase a special doll or teddy bear and use your bridal gown to make a doll sized version for it.
• Dye your wedding gown another color to wear to a formal event.

Reusing Your Bridal Bouquet for sentimental purposes:

• Preserve a portion of your bridal bouquet to place inside of a scrapbook.
• Preserve your wedding bouquet and display it in your home using a shadow box.
• Have your wedding bouquet professionally pressed and rearranged in a picture frame. Hang the frame in your home and keep as a family heirloom.

The bridal business is a multibillion-dollar industry. The average cost that couples spend on a wedding is nearly $27,000. Repurposing your bridal attire makes the money spent well worth it. Creating tangible memories with your bridal jewelry, gown, and bouquet holds sentimental value. Whoever said that the bride's wedding attire is only for her wedding day?

Maria Romain is a writer for Silverland Jewelry and Gifts, a business that specializes in affordable bridal jewelry and gifts.