Post # 1
Okay so I haven’t done much wedding planning but my mom offered me her dress. I was just going to go out and get something for 300 bucks but I thought I should at least consider it. I was worried because it is from the 1970s but I was sent a picture and even though it doesn’t show a lot of it I kind of fell in love with it and the whole idea of using something that already has some history and that it is nicer than anything I could ever afford or want to spend really on a wedding dress. My grandmother bought it for her and then had it cleaned and put in a box to perserve it. My mom kinda left in the back of the closet and forgot about it until now about 40 years later.
She took it out the other day and said it is gorgeous and still in great shape. I am excited. I think a part of me is like well I could get my own dress but in reality from what I can see of my mom’s its beautiful and if I were to try to go out and get something like it it would cost me thousands of dollars.
She said it has a petticoat and everything to make it puffy. She was describing the veil and the satin and lace and the train. I can’t wait tile Thanksgiving when I go back home to try it on or at least hopefully try it on if I can fit into it by then lol.
She was smaller than me so I will have to lose some weight (which I was planning on doing anyway even before I was engaged).
I was wondering did any other bee’s out there wear their mother’s dresses. Why did you do it and how did it feel to be wearing it at your ceremony?
Post # 3
Even though she offered, I don’t plan to wear my mom’s dress. Mostly because I’m not a huge fan of the style and while I’m pretty handing w/ a sewing machine and my mom gave me her blessing to rework the dress – I don’t think I could manage to rip apart her wedding dress. I do have it hanging up in my closet though. I love the idea of wearing a hand-me-down dress, I hope it works out for you, be sure to post pictures when you can!
Post # 4
Sorry I forgot to do that. This is the only pic I have right now but so far I like it.
I had looked at things online like this:
And while these are good options too I kinda felt like they are just dresses. The second one is more wedding like. I would look really good in them but part of me was looking for more. In mom’s dress I think I’d feel like a princess. 🙂
Post # 5
@Mrs Christopher: How beautiful! That’s a gorgeous dress! If you wanted to update the look and feel of it, maybe you could put something beading around the bodice like in the other two pictures since it seems like that may be one of the things you really like.
Lacey modest dressed are supposed to be more “in” this year, so you’d be right on track. I can definitely see thay princess feel to it, especially when thinking of Kate’s dress with the lace sleeves.
Post # 6
How awesome is that! So special!
My mom is about 5’2″ when the wind blows enough to pouf her hair up … and I topped out at approximately 5’10”, so there is just no way her dress would ever work for me. It would be really special if it could – *sigh*. My sister was able to get into Mom’s wedding gown last year (parents celebrated their 30th anniversary, and we trotted out the dresses and Dad’s tux at the party, it was super fun!) I love vintage gowns. You are going to look smashing in your mom’s! How cool is it, too, that you get to be the one-person-in-a-thousand who actually does wear her mother’s wedding gown?
Post # 7
My mom is 3 inches shorter than I am (I’m 5’2) and weighed about 50 lbs less than I do now. I don’t thnk her dress would fit over one of my thighs–I’m not overweight but she was seriously tiny. It was not an option past the age of 13 for me to wear her dress. But if I could, I’d at least consider it. It would be pretty neat.
Post # 8
My FI’s grandmother is desperate to get me into her dress. She brought it up everytime I saw her before we even got engaged, then again many times since we did. Wouldn’t be so bad, if it wasn’t truly hideous!! Your dress is lovely though 🙂
Post # 9
@Tabby1024: Thanks! That’s too bad though about the grandma. There are a few threads about women altering old dresses and making them reception dresses though, or even maybe at the rehersal dinner. Maybe if shes really pushy you could mention that to her and see if she’s receptive.