Just a thought….converting high school prom dress into wedding dress??

posted 2 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
2501 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

MrsCoest3:  I personally would just take a pic of the prom dress to a bridal store and have them pick something similar but bridal

What if the alterations go badly? Also they may be $$$$ too. And dress shopping is fun ( IMO), I wouldn’t personally want to give up that experience.  There are tons of mermaid dresses with beading and fun bottoms out there

Post # 3
1202 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I think I’d save the silver bodice, but have a big white tulle skirt (from waist level) either sewn on or as a separate.  I really wish I had thought outside the “white dress” box for my own wedding! And I love sequins! 

Post # 4
2791 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

Like the previous posted said, my initial thought was to keep the bodice and add a white tulle skirt. Something like  

Post # 6
445 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016 - Hunting Hill Mansion

MrsCoest3:  Being high school sweethearts, I think this idea is precious. Especially because he picked out the dress!! 

I think that altering the original might be too big of a project, so I would start fresh! I think buying a dress from the same designer in a similar style would be a great way to nod to the prom dress but make a more “bridal” choice — not that the dress you have can’t be bridal, but I think there is definitely room to make it more “weddingish” like you said. 

Then you can have that “first look” all over again!!

  • This reply was modified 2 years ago by  emilypaige.
Post # 7
481 posts
Helper bee

MrsCoest3:  DO IT!! What a sweet, sentimental thing to do! It’s an awesome dress – I see why you want to wear it again! Also, you’ll save a lot of money. I love to sew (former seamstress, here), and if you just want to change out the skirt, that’s not too difficult. Have you thought about having layers of white fabric added between each layer of silver ruffles? That would be easy to do, give it the white you want, and add fullness to the skirt.

Whatever you do, it’ll be such a sweet memory for your wedding, and your husband will love it! 

Post # 9
46 posts
  • Wedding: December 2014 - The Boatshed Restaurant

Yes! I think it would be awesome to convert it!

You could definitely add white to the ruffles…and for the top, you could even add lighter sequins on top of the ones already there? It would be a lot of work…but definitely do-able if you’re wedding is July next year.

I’m so excited for you. My dress is currently being made by a family friend and I’ve got the DIY, individualise it mind-frame going on!

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

I almost want to say to keep your prom dress as is, get a bridal gown for the ceremony and wear the prom dress for the reception.

Another idea would be to use the top of your bodice, and have a seamstress add a bottom that’s similiar to the gemma gown.. I think it would look fantastic!


Post # 12
194 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

MrsCoest3:  that is such a super cute idea! ah i wish me and my husband went to prom; but i was still in elementary when he was a senior, and i dated a douchebag for my proms lol

either ideas would be great to keep the bodice and add a different bottom; or to just add some more white.

either way your husband will LOVE IT!

Post # 14
2125 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I absolutely love this idea!! My fiancé and I are high school sweethearts and went to prom together 🙂 I agree with the other bees who said to keep the bodice and add a white tulle skirt. 

Post # 15
998 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014


That is such a wonderful idea, I would love to see how it turns out.

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