Post # 1
I saw this conversation on my grandmother’s Facebook page (!?) and had to share it with all of you!
Friend: Okay, am I totally out of touch with reality? The lowest budget I have ever seen on “our” show is $2000. That seems like a HUGE amount of money to spend on a dress you are going to wear once. Some of these women have a $20,000 limit (or no limit at all)!! I know it’s a special day and all that, but it’s about the… marriage, not about the wedding for goodness sakes! Am I totally delusional? Did your girls’ dresses cost thousands?
Grandmother: Are you serious? My wedding gown cost about $250 in 1958, and Daughter M wore it. Daughter L probably didn’t cost more than that. We put Daughter A’s wedding together in 2 weeks in time for start of senior college for her & son-in-law. We bought short Gunne Sax dresses off the rack at a dept. store, & they were lovely. I made Sister M’s and my bridesmaids’ dresses. You can just watch the personalities on “Say, Yes” and know the marriages won’t last.
I love it! And the comma she puts after Say is priceless, haha.(This is my grandmother’s dress, for reference. Satin and lace with a gorgeous open shoulder neckline and SLEEVES. FTW.)
Thoughts? Have you heard “old timers” talk about weddings like this before?
Post # 3
I’m still trying to get past the fact that your grandmother has a Facebook page! I’m impressed by her technological adaptability!
Post # 4
I know a woman in her early 70’s who talks with her grandkids via skype. I’m pretty much sure I want to be her when I grow up.
I am wearing my grandmother’s wedding dress from 1953 for our July wedding. She told me last weekend that the $280 her parents spent on her dress 56 years ago was an outrageous amount of money 🙂
Post # 5
LOL – you have one cool gran!
Post # 6
That’s so cute and really funny!
By the way, because I’m a huge dork, I decided to convert 1958 dollars into 2009 dollars and a $250 dress then is equivalent to an $1850 dress today. So she wasn’t really that far off!
Post # 7
haha I talked to my grandma about my wedding this past weekend. She told me that the only thing she did for her own wedding was show up for dress fittings (her mother made her dress, this was in the late 40s) and make potato salad. She said they had a ceremony at the church– which her MIL decorated with no input from her and a cake/punch reception in the fellowship hall afterwards (her MIL made the cake too). After that she said her and my grandpa headed to the city to get wedding pictures done with the wedding party then they went straight to the hotel (wink wink). The two families headed back to my great grandma’s house without the happy couple and they ate ham and potato salad.
Times have changed 🙂
Post # 8
Haha. FI’s grandparents have a facebook, too! They’re not on often, though. lol.
I love that conversation! lol.
Post # 9
She’s a snazzy lady (who has techy grandkids that keep her up to date! :P). She said she wanted a FB account so she didn’t feel out of the loop.
@AutomneMariee: Thanks for converting! I was thinking about finding a dress similar to hers and comparing the price tags. But I’m not so sure I want to know…inflation. It’s ughly.
I’ll have to ask her if her dress was considered expensive at that time…from what I know of her youth, I wouldn’t think her family could afford much!
Post # 10
An older woman in my office was telling me how back in the day when she got married she asked her florist for an arm bouquet, and the lady wouldn’t do it for her because it wasn’t “traditional”. So she ended up getting what she wanted at another florist, and now my coworker claims to have “started” arm bouquets lol.
Post # 11
Wish my grandma had a FB!
Post # 12
I was gonna say that $250 was a lot of money in the 1958… Thanks @AutomneMariee for the conversion, haha!
I love how your grandma is on Facebook– that is too cute. And I’m not an “old timer”, but I feel the same way about some of these brides’ budgets on SYTTD! 🙂
Post # 13
Your grandma sounds adorable! 🙂
Post # 14
My grandma spent $25 on hers in 1954 in the middle of South Dakota and bought it while my grandpa sat out in the car…he still likes to complain about that.
Post # 15
This is so cute!
I’m not sure about her wedding dress but I know that my Grandpa had to make monthly payments on my Grandma’s $50.00 engament ring!
Post # 16
My grandparents have the bill from the hotel they stayed at on their Honeymoon. It was .25 cents a night!
My grandpa hasn’t gotten on facebook yet, but he gets new computer gadgets and cell phones more then I do! He even has a bluetooth earpiece for his cell phone!