For most women, a wedding dress is something that is worn just once, and then held onto as a memento for years to come.
In some cases, the dress may eventually be repurposed and worn again by the next generation, or even the next 10generations, as we saw in one notable case, but its still often returned to a protective box after the big day is over.
That may be part of the reason that many women are now turning to an alternative option that gives their wedding dresses a heartwarming new purpose once the ceremony is over.
Instead of storing the gowns in boxes for years to come, some women are donating their gowns to services that produce angel gowns.
Angel gowns are very tiny outfits, not unlike baptismal gowns, that are designed to give comfort and dignity to families who have lost their littlest ones far too soon.
To learn more about these incredible gowns and the heartbreaking stories behind them, scroll through the gallery below.