(Closed) Altering your mother's wedding dress

posted 6 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Is it ok to alter your mother's wedding dress and wear it on your big day?

    Yes! No one else is going to wear that dress anyway.

    No, how rude.

    Only if your mother says it's ok.

  • Post # 2
    1141 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2016

    If she’s happy for you to make changes, go ahead! I definitely would 🙂

    If you find there are any other changes being made, I’d keep her in the loop so there are no surprises.

    Post # 3
    7414 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2014

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    beckybee787:  if your mom is cool with you altering it I think it’s fine! If you’re planning on doing a ’27 Dresses’ version of wearing your mothers dress, that’s a different story.  Modifying the neckline and having it altered to fit you – go for it!

    Post # 4
    1814 posts
    Buzzing bee

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    Well not to be harsh but your sister needs to take a chill pill. If you’re mom says it’s ok then I say gor for it her opinion is the most important and what a wonderful way to honor your mom. Some of us aren’t as lucky as my mother no longer as her wedding dress. 

    Post # 5
    842 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2015 - Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception / Courtyard Marriott Legacy Ballroom

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    beckybee787:  I completely agree with PPs. If you’re mom says it’s ok, than go for it! If my Mom still had her wedding dress, and she gave me the okay, I would have done the same thing! Her dress was a really pretty lacy dress, but I definitely wouldn’t have wanted the sleeves. Too bad she didn’t bring it over with her when she moved to the US!

    Post # 6
    769 posts
    Busy bee

    Lol, your sister sounds a bit jealous. 

    It’s totally fine for you to wear your mom’s dress, and it’s fine for you to alter it if your mom agrees. She’s not going to wear it again and it’s a great tribute to her, especially if your parents’ marriage is a good one that you can aspire to yourself. Give that dress another day in the spotlight!

    And please post a picture for us!

    Post # 7
    1641 posts
    Bumble bee

    Your mother is letting you wear it, and gave you the green light for altering it. I see no reason why your sister’s opinion (which makes no sense, can’t be offensive if your mother suggested it) should make you hesitate. Go for it! I too am looking forward to using pieces of my mother’s dress in my own wedding.

    Post # 8
    179 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

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    beckybee787:  If you’re mom offered it, have at it.  I wore my mothers wedding dress after a few more alterations (size, shape, neckline, etc) and loved it.  Just be sure to know what you want and find an AMAZING seamstress.  Let me know if I can offer any more help 🙂

    Post # 9
    1979 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    Why do you think your mom preserved  her dress? She did it so her daughter can wear it one day.  Your mom is so happy and honored that you decided to wear her dress,  it’s going to be so special for both of you.  If your mom said ok for alterations then go for it! And post your dress on the bee when done! 

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