keeping your dress for future kids?????

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

My mother wore her mother’s dress, which I fully intended on doing.  I tried it on and whoa!  It was at least 2 sizes too small.  Damn.  I fully intend to keep this dress, as my grandmother said I could have it.  I am using small pieces from it as part of my bridal look (something old).  I do plan to keep my dress (I didn’t pay a lot for it so I don’t feel broke) for perhaps a younger cousin or a daugther some day.  I didn’t have any alterations made (just a bustle) so I think it would be easy to refit for someone eles.  I hope someone else will love it as much as I do down the road!

I love your dress.  It’s very elegant, classic, and timeless.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

it’s of course entirely up to you . There are soooo many things people are doing with their dresses. I absolutely loveeee my dress , and mine could probably be used in any decade and it would go well but what I am doing is selling this beautiful dress to another bride and putting the money into savings toward a house or something important. I also don’t want it sitting in my closet taking up space and collecting dust. Keep in mind someone else may not have the same size,  shape or same style interest as you. Another thing you could do is donate it , or the money that you get from selling it donate it to a cause ( ie. humane society, cancer research ) . Another thing you could do that I find is becoming popular is ” trash the dress” and get photos taken. It looks fun but if you’re like me I can’t imagine ruining my dress!! And another thing a girl at my work said her mom saved her dress and now they’re using peices from it to make her hair piece for a vintage look . Or you can be like my mom and save the dress. I had tryed it on and it definately didn’t fit, she was smaller than me back then lol. Plus her dress was totally 80’s ! :P. Hope this helps !

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think you should do what makes you happy. 🙂 I wouldn’t bet on your future daughter/s wanting to wear it – you couldn’t pay me enough to wear my mom’s or aunt’s dresses from 26 years ago. 😛 I would imagine it’s mostly going to be the same for our kids. 😉

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’m not going to keep mine. Even though my mother’s dress was a classic a-line lace style, you couldnt pay me to wear it. None of my friends wanted to wear their mother’s dresses either. But, hey, you never know…

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

IM wearing my grandmother’s dress, but it’s been kept in good shape, I hate trying on dresses, and it’s pretty much exactly what I would want anyways. 

My mother’s dress was fun to play dress up in when I was a kid, but I wouldn’t wear it. It’s a typical 80’s dress. 

I’ll be getting another reception dress though, because the dress is so old and I’d be killed if it didn’t work out. I know there were some bees who had bridals done in their mom’s dress, which I think is just the best idea. 

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

My mom’s dress is definitely not me…although the lace sleeves are totally in again.  I want to keep my dress, but not in the hopes that my future daughter will wear it.  If she wanted to, of course I’d let her, but I don’t have that hope that she one day will.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@mssmiley:  great idea!!! those pictures are beautiful!!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I’m keeping mine, my mom kept hers and I even tried it on. It has a lot of tulle and so didn’t hold up so well, but we are going to wrap my bouquet with some of the lace AND make a christening gown out of it. So I vote to keep it.

My mom’s dress is surprisingly still in style, it’s an empire waist tulle and lace dress with cap sleeves. I might have worn it if it hadn’t been so delicate.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Love the carnival photos 🙂  I agree that you should do what makes you happy.  Strapless is all the rage right now, but might not be once any daughter is about to take her trip down the aisle.  There are things you can do other than an expensive preservation.  Most gowns can be washed in the good old washing machine.  That’s what I did, and then I bought an acid free garment bag for storage (also acid free tissue paper to put over the hanger).  I’ve heard several stories about expensive “presevation” services that specify that a dress cannot be removed from a box, but then once the bride checks on the condition of her dress, finds that it’s still stained.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Your daughter is not going to want to wear your dress. So many women save their dresses thinking their daughters will wear it…and that usually never happens. I think the only reason a few girls do wear their mothers dress is because they feel obligated to. I would want my daughter to have her own dress though and actually pick something she LOVES. 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@CaroBee:  does tulle hold up less than other materials? Curious because my dress is tulle and lace

Post # 16
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

You should do what makes you happy!  But don’t bet on your daughters wanting to wear it…but you never know!

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