Did you try on your mother's wedding dress?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Did you try on your mother's wedding dress?
    No I didn't try it on; I wasn't able to (she didn't keep it, too far away, didn't fit, etc) : (93 votes)
    37 %
    No I didn't try it on; I didn't want to : (37 votes)
    15 %
    Yes I tried it on but I hated it : (17 votes)
    7 %
    Yes I tried in on; it was ok but not quite right : (23 votes)
    9 %
    Yes, I loved it : (7 votes)
    3 %
    Other : (12 votes)
    5 %
    I am wearing my mother's dress : (1 votes)
    0 %
    I'm using an element from her dress/outfit (eg. veil, a section of lace, etc) : (13 votes)
    5 %
    I'm not wearing my mothers dress or any part of her wedding outfit : (48 votes)
    19 %
  • Post # 3
    15011 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I didn’t get too when I was old enough to marry. I had tried it on when I was a kid. It disintegrated over the years which broke my heart. The dress I wore was awfully similar to it though, my dad swore up and down it was hers when he saw a pic of me in it. It was a classic style strapless balloons from the late 60s.


    Post # 4
    1068 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    Hell yes!  I was actually feeling pretty committed to wearing it until we learned that the re-style would cost more than just buying a dress.

    Post # 5
    1112 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    My mom’s dress is ugly and way too small for me. When I got engaged she took it out of its preserved box for the first time. She made it herself, and she looked good in it, but I just can’t stand the style. Puffed sleeves, high neck, pretty much everything 80s, even though she was married in the 90s!

    I like my Grandma’s dress much better. I tried it on a few years ago just before their 50th anniversary, and I really wish it had fit! It is a tea length, lace overlay simple spaghetti strap dress with a small lacy sweater. Very classic and simple, but beautiful. And its been hanging in her closet for 50 years, without even a garment bag to protect it, and it hasn’t fadedor yellowed at all!

    Post # 7
    1068 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    @tksjewelry:  It’s such a pretty dress (and vintage Priscilla of Boston!), and sooooo restrained for ’87.  Good job, mom!

    We had fun trying it on, though!  It actually still fits my mom (double good job, mom!) and I might try to use some of her accessories.

    Post # 8
    1134 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    @copperbird90:  I tried on my mom’s dress once, before I was engaged. It really is a nice dress, but it just SCREAMS 80’s! I am quite a bit taller than my mom as well, so the dress was too short. This dress is identical to hers:

    Nothing says “Married in 1981” quite like this dress, haha. She was married in a Catholic church so of course the chest and shoulders had to be covered.

    I think I might take the pearl necklace that she wore, though. I always thought it was so pretty, but I’m afraid to ask her for it.

    Post # 9
    279 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2016 - Highfield House, Stanley, Tasmania

    I was fairly certain during my childhood that I would wear my mother’s dress, because I am a very sentimental person and it fitted my style. Here I am aged 14 trying it on. Then, sadly I had a growth spurt, grew six inches taller, put on a few pounds and went from a B to a D cup. I was terrified of having it modified, so I my mother and I decided to leave the dress for either my sister or one of mine or my sister’s daughters if either of us ever have any.

    I am definately wearing the pearl tiara that both my mother and my grandmother wore. It was given to my mother by my paternal grandmother a few weeks before the wedding. I wish I had something from my maternal grandmother’s wedding, but she and my grandfather eloped. I am trying to find something belonging to my great-grandmother, Nellie. She died about three months before I was born, and my mother and grandmother always say I remind them so much of her. If I have someone watching over me, I am certain it is Nan Nellie.

    Post # 10
    2565 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    My mom is 5’2″ and was 110 pounds when she got married.  I am neither of those things… lol

    I would have looked ridiculous trying to get into it.

    Post # 11
    8680 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    Nope, my mom didn’t keep her dress, but even if she had, I wouldn’t had tried it on!

    It was a super 80’s dress that was pink, and beaded ALL OVER, with a 20 foot train.

    Post # 12
    2534 posts
    Sugar bee

    Firstly, my mom doesn’t know what happened to hers! She had it stored at my grandma’s house after her wedding in the 80s but hasn’t seen it since. She thinks it might have gotten lost when my grandma moved, or thrown out by accident. It wouldn’t have fit me anyways as she was like 120 pounds when she got married and well…I am like close to double that LOL

    She did, however, have the forethought to cut a piece of the dress out and save it. So I wore a piece of her dress pinned underneath mine at my wedding as my “something old”.  I plan to save a piece of mine too and combine them for a future daughter or daughter in law 🙂


    Post # 13
    69 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: March 2015

    My mom doesn’t have her gown anymore, but I did try on FMIL’s mother’s gown which was really cool!  Surprisingly, it fit like a glove!  It was a very simple long-sleeved satin gown with a gorgeous cathedrial train.  I will not be using it as I already have a gown of my own, however I was so honored & flattered to have been asked to try it on by FMIL. Smile


    Post # 15
    1028 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    We looked at my Mum’s dress but it was really out of style and she’d never had it cleaned or anything. I like the idea, but not the reality!


    Post # 16
    9204 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2018

    I have not tried on her dress, I don’t think I could now as it would be too small. But it is not my taste so I wouldn’t consider wearing it. However I hope to wear her veil, which my cousin has, and failing that she said I could borrow the pearls she wore 🙂 It is special to me to be able to wear something my mother wore on her wedding day, my parents have a very happy marriage. 

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