What do you do with your wedding dress post-divorce?

What do you do with your wedding dress after divorce?

Burning your wedding dress post-divorce... is this becoming a trend?

Wedding dress hanging on a hanger on the door iStock
Wedding dress hanging on a hanger on the door/ iStock

When two people fall in love and get married, the idea is that they will spend the rest of their lives together. 

Sadly, this isn't always the case. 

Divorce is becoming more popular in our generation. 

According to several reports, researchers estimate that 41% of all first marriages end in divorce.

READ: Poll: How long should you date before getting married?

Divorce comes with a lot of decisions to make such as dividing the couple's estate, depending on their marriage contract. 

There are also other things that the couple might need to consider such as what happens to their wedding rings and gowns. 

South African actor Dawn Thandeka King recently told vlogger David Mashabela that she burnt her wedding dress after her divorce. This happened at the divorce party.

She said she burnt her dress for closure following the relationship that lasted for twenty years. 

"My sister said to me you have got to burn something at the party that we had," she told Mashabela. 

"What do I burn? Let me burn the actual wedding gown." 

The actor says burning her wedding gown, shoes, stockings, veil felt like a 'death'. 

"I was able to cry it all out." 

The actor says the burning made her feel at peace. 

She said the burning of the dress didn't sit well with her children, whom she had promised she would cut a piece of the dress for when they got married.

She said she explained to them that she couldn't do that anymore because of how the marriage ended. 

Dawn is not the first woman to burn her wedding dress.

Another woman, Lauren Brooke, told the Mirror how she also burnt her wedding dress after her marriage of ten years came to an end. 

"The intent was to show the fact that divorce is hard, ugly and painful for all parties involved. There were days when every morning I would wake up and cry. There were times when I thought my life wouldn't improve, but it has," she told the publication. 

READ: Couple tie the knot, get divorced three minutes later

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