While many women spend much of their youth dreaming about the perfect wedding dress, if it all goes wrong sometime into the marriage, just what do you do with the most expensive piece of clothing you’ve ever worn? Kevin Cotter’s wife of 12 years told him he could do whatever he wanted with it (although she was a little more explicit), as she walked out of their marriage and left the box in the closet. At first, it was a bit of a joke between Cotter and his family and friends. They came up with ideas and he’d post pictures on his blog. But it took on a life of its own and the photos have been collected in a book called 101 Uses for my Ex-Wife’s Wedding Dress.
Cotter has turned the dress into everything from a footrest to a holiday decoration to a sumo outfit. His list is now at 120 ideas and still growing. Although the marriage only lasted 12 years, he kids that the dress will probably last forever (he’s done enough to it that it should have disintegrated long ago, but it’s still going strong). It’s funny, charming and hey, you have to laugh.
But there is a serious side to the idea, as well. Cotter has been asked to donate the dress (possibly to go on display in an art gallery?), but it is in such a state that it isn’t donatable. However, while he only partakes in ideas that he can submit his own dress to, many people have asked if they can donate their own wedding dresses to him. He won’t take them, but there are wonderful links on the site where you can donate a used wedding dress that will go towards making another life better. And no, it has nothing to do with weddings. Many of the organizations sell the dresses and use the funds to help impoverished women and children in other countries, and one even takes the dresses and has them made into burial gowns it donates to local hospitals for grieving parents. Interesting ideas. I bet his wife never thought she was leaving Cotter with anything he could use, but it turns out some people can make lemonade from lemons.