As I made mine, I didn't have to heart to get rid of it (it's based on an 1860's original in the Victoria & Albert Museum). Even though I hated what it looked like in the pics (looked great in the mirror, though!), it is a pretty dress off of me. (White silk bridal matte satin, cotton net/handmade lace veil, accented with genuine seed pearls and glass beads, with matching silk petticoat.)
I had it cleaned, then made 100% cotton muslin bags to store it in. (You want 100% cotton fabric to store clothing in, as it "breathes".)
I also made my genuine pearl tiara. I was hoping that, even if they didn't want the dress, one of my nieces would at least wear the tiara for their wedding someday. I made it to be an heirloom. (I don't have kids.) However, since that branch of my so-called "family" no longer acknowleges me, I doubt this will ever happen. In fact, I believe a second niece was born nearly 3 years ago, but I was never told anything, and don't even know her name. I heard about her birth elsewhere. But, that's another story that I won't bore you with!