Post # 1
This started from this post here, where I talked about wearing my mother’s dress to my shower.
Basically, my parents were married at city hall- and she wore this awesome 1970’s dress that wasn’t a wedding dress, just a dress she wore to work. We had been planning to cut off part of it to sew into my wedding dress, but long story short- I am now wearing it to my shower! It is beautiful, and my dad cried when he saw me in it when I had tried it on.
So, my question to you all is, how (if at all) are you incorporating your mother’s (or grandmother’s) dress into your wedding festivities?
Post # 3
I am wearing my mother’s veil.
Post # 4
Great question! My parents were married in the summer of ’68. My mom wore a short dress — a white sheath with a lace overlay. It was also from a department store, not a bridal shop. I love how retro it is! I wore it for my rehearsal / out-of-town dinner. The dress was a big hit with the relatives! I know all the attention made my mom feel very special too — it was a nice way to honor her.
Post # 5
I am making my own bouquet and using my mom’s veil to wrap the stems. Plus, I’m using silk flowers, so I’ll have the bouquet and her veil as a keepsake forever!
Post # 6
I’m also wearing my mom’s 1960 lace number to my RD. I offered to wear it as is to my ceremony but my mom prefers that I don’t change so I’m having it cut down to a cocktail length and removing the long lace sleeves. She’s super excited and my grandmother is too!
Post # 7
No one other than my mother has ever liked her dress (or at least that’s what my father has claimed in recent years). So I’m not using her dress, but we have saved some of the lace from her grandmother’s wedding dress to turn into our chuppah. My sister used it, but they left the construction to the last minute and it was a disaster. I am so excited to see it again!
Post # 8
My mom was so sweet because she opended up the dress tomb to let me see her veil, it looked beautiful on her, but when I saw it in person it was so early 1980ish, not for me at all….I am thinking about using the lace though to create my own veil, but I’m doing so many other DIY projects that I don’t know if I coud take that one on too. Nevertheless she was happy to see her dress & veil again so she wasn’t upset at all 🙂
Post # 9
My mom’s dress is early 80’s and not at all my style. Also we have different body types. So I’m using part of her dress in my bouquet wrap.
Post # 10
I really wanted to wear my Mom’s lengha (Indian wedding dress) for my Indian celebration the night before the wedding. But it has been altered a couple of times (it’s not unusual to rewear your lengha to close family wedding and my sister also wore it for part of hers), and it wasn’t feasible to do it again withough ruining it. My mom offered to let me wear it to my Henna Party, where I’d be mostly sitting so fit wouldn’t matter, but I couldn’t bear the thought of possibly ruining it with henna. The embroidery on it is very unusual, sometimes I can’t believe how fashion-forward my mom was! In the end I think we are going to incorporate it as decoration. I will probably also use her dupata (like a large veil).
I had also considered wearing my grandmother’s lengha (she was about my size when she got married), but she got married in winter and the top is long sleeve velvet which would be miserable in July in Michigan.
Post # 11
I wore my mom’s 1970’s dress, and made it my own! She had see through bell sleeves which I cut off and made into a spaghetti strap gown. I absolutely loved it!
Post # 12
@avdillard and brena…I absolutely adore the idea of using the veil to wrap my bouquet in!! My mom’s dress and veil are way 80s and therefore utterly unusable in any inherently-dress/veil-ish way. I’m going to see if she’ll let me cut the veil out of the headpiece and wrap my silk flowers in it…what an awesome keepsake. 🙂
Post # 13
I ended up wearing my mom’s wedding sari for our engagement party. Both my parents and even my grandparents were really excited to see me in it and it was a nice moment with my mom when I told her my decision!
Post # 14
@ <font size=”2″ color=”#81a026″>fizicsGirl</font> : I didn’t know it was traditional to have other family members wear it. Did other people besides your sister wear it?
I totally agree with avdillard, brena & msannalytical- I think its so sweet to use the veil for a flower wrap! What a good idea!! 🙂
Post # 15
I didn’t incorporate my mom’s dress but I did wear her veil (after some minor updates to it). I loved the idea of wearing something she wore on her wedding day. Although as soon as the ceremony was over I ripped that sucker off to party down.
Post # 16
Cute question! My mother wore a short, hippie dress when she married my father back in 1972, and since she was about 90 lbs, I doubt there’s any chance I’ll be wearing her gown!
I would like to incorporate it in some way, but I haven’t thought of a good way to do it yet. She’ll be making my veil, though, which I’m excited about! 🙂