Post # 1
After I couldn’t wear my dad’s mom’s wedding dress (lace, tea length), I moved on to asking if I could wear my mom’s mom’s dress from 1952. It has a silk base with tulle over it. It is definitely not something I’d pick off the rack, but I like the symbolism of it.
It’s a A-line shape (good for my square body type) with a sweetheart neckline. It is floor length, and a little too long for me since my grandma is 5’8″ and I’m 5’5″. I think it’s a silk base with a tulle overlay (I’m terrible with fabric types!) It has a train in tulle as well.
After asking very girl cousin I have if it’s ok to alter the dress (they all said its fine), I’m going to only have minimal alterations done to it. I love the shape of the skirt, but the top bodice is way too small for this 36″ C cup girl. I’m going to have panels added to the sides of the dress, and overlaid with matching tulle to make the bodice bigger around. The zipper will have to be moved back one panel (since it’s on the side boob panel now), but other than that I think it will require pretty minimal alterations.
The best part? FI’s mom is an excellent seamstress who has sewn wedding dresses before and done a knock out job. I’ll pay for any materials, but she’s going to do the alterations for me for free!
What do you guys think? Also, what the heck type of veil should I wear? I’m thinking a short one? The wedding will be outside at the lake.
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Post # 3
- Wedding: October 2009 - Church Ceremony/Reception at The Waterford House
Gorgeous! I love the train! That’s so wonderful that you’ll be wearing a family heirloom.
Post # 4
That is absolutely gorgeous! And it’s awesome that you’ll be wearing a family dress. I think a short (shoulder-length) veil would be beautiful, and very 50’s 🙂
Post # 5
WOW. Love it. Just love it.
Definitely short veil – a birdcage would be beautiful.
Post # 7
omg it’s actually cute! LOVE IT!
Post # 8
I was thinking shorter shoulder length veil for a very retro 50’s look!
I need to get it professionally cleaned (it wasn’t after grandma wore it) before sending it off to FMIL for alterations. I’m so excited!
And it was FREE. That’s good for a budget!
Post # 9
I’m so jealous! It’s great that you get to wear an heirloom. You should look to see if there are photos of what either of your grandmothers wore and get a veil similar to theirs. Still, I think a bridcage or even feathers would be fab.
Post # 10
HOLY MOLY. i think you are the luckiest girl!! that is gorgeous and i wish i had an heirloom like that, it’s amazing 🙂
Post # 11
Wow that is so gorgeous and in such good condition! How did she keep it so well? Oh you’re so lucky to have such a special dress!
P.S. it looks like ruffles?Ruffles are huge in the wedding world right now!
Post # 12
That dress is amazing and looks like it’s in mint condition. Congrats on such a great dress!
Post # 14
oh man…….LOVE this dress – want to see it on you!!!
Post # 15
That dress is awesome. You should totally rock the retro look with a short veil (blusher?). My friend wore a vintage 50s dress for her wedding and it looked fabulous. She had found it a year before in a vintage shop and when she got engaged, she went back and they still had it stored in the back of the store!
Love the shoes, too!
Post # 16
I agree. We need to see it on. Once we do than it will be so much easier to choose a veil!