Post # 1
My wonderful mother is letting me wear her grandmother’s dress for my big day. She has sewn a lining and lent me a slip to give it some body, but I am still completely lost. I have no idea what to wear on my head, around my waist, or on my feet. I feel like I look really frumpy in the dress, but I’m so honored to have the chance to wear it that I’m unwilling to attempt to find anything else.
I can’t alter the dress, and am deadset on wearing it. My wedding theme is “sunshine and rainbows”, and there should be colors galore. We aren’t doing any flowers at all for the entire night.
This isn’t the exact dress, but almost the same.
Does anyone have an idea or a 100?
Post # 3
Are you dead-set against a little alteration? Because I think a dress like that would be lovely with a more open neckline. Then you could get that relaxed, woodsy, ethereal look.
Post # 4
I’m not deadset against it, but my mother is. The actual dress cannot be altered in any way if I’m to wear it. It’s not even going in my house after the wedding, but back to my mother’s house. It’s hers and she is letting me wear it.
That’s one of the problems… it’s a cool dress, super unique… but I don’t know how to wear it.
Post # 5
Colored sash around the waist? Statement necklace maybe? I’d avoid a veil. You could try to go for a bohemian look maybe.
Post # 6
Whats your wedding like? I’m thinking it totally works for an outdoorsy, boho chic style.
Post # 7
My wedding theme is “sunshine and rainbows” and it’s outdoors at a nature museum. The boys and girls in attendance are in grey with colored accessories, and we’re all carrying lanterns instead of flowers… The flower girl and ring bearer are wearing insane rainbow outfits.
I’ve been thinking the boho-chic style might work, but it’s not like I can go to a bridal shop in my dress and try stuff on. I tried at a David’s Bridal when I was looking for a slip, and they told me I had to leave my dress in my bag because it was vintage and they couldn’t guarantee it’s safety.
Post # 8
No alterations? Hmmm that’s too bad. It’s a lovely dress and the history is amazing. Did your mum wear it for her wedding?
Edited to add:
Reading over the post again i realized i didn’t really answer your questions on how to rock it! i thought you were still debating whether or not to wear it.
I agree with a lot of the ideas… a lovely floral wreath instead of a viel… maybe with some rainbow ribbons streaming down the back. A colorful sash, a simple pendant. It will look lovely.
Post # 9
Since it’s so old fashioned lookiing, I’d go for a colored sash around the waist. Something simple like a wide satin ribbon. I also think a floral headband would be lovely.
You could do a pretty country theme with the groom wearing pants, suspenders, bowtie and a newsboy cap… lots of wildflowers, milk glass, mason jars, vintage china, calico napkins. It could be really charming.
Post # 10
@torbobride: My mom is letting me wear her wedding dress to the rehearsal/rehearsal dinner and then i will be wearing a dress I picked out for the actual wedding ceremony so that might be an option for you if you want to have 2 dresses.
Post # 11
@Treeline: I really like that idea!
Post # 12
May I ask how old the dress is? It looks to be from around the turn of the century! You are so lucky! Count me jealous.
I’d do a long, not gathered, single layer veil, and some sort of symmetrical headpiece with pearls, and maybe rhinestones, in a silver colored metal, and perhaps a pendant on a chain, hitting right above the breast or little lower, whatever looks right. I’d get wrist length gloves, lace or kidskin depending on the season, and a silver round toe heel with a strap. I would do a kind of an elegant vintage type hair style but muss/modernize it a bit. Modern make up.
Whatever you do, I think the key will be to resist temptation to work against the dress. It is so lovely, lady like, and ethereal! If you are dead set on wearing it, you have to work with it, while ensuring that you don’t end up looking like you are wearing a historical costume. Avoid anything voluminous and too structured, or risk looking like a stuffy, turn of the century matron.
Post # 13
I would KILL to wear that dress, as is. You are so lucky– I don’t even have my grandmother’s!!
Post # 14
I have 2 dresses! My other one is THIS! It’s my dancing dress and I’m wearing it with sparkly rainbow dancing shoes and hooray dress, but not so wrinkly on the big day, of course!
Post # 15
I’d definitely go for a statement necklace and a sash. I’d wear sandals to help with the boho look and flowers in my hair.
Post # 16
- Wedding: July 2014 - saint patricks parish
@torbobride: bridal belt, awesome shoes, and jewelery. Do you have a theme? what are your wedding colors?