(Closed) Are you/would you wear your mom’s dress?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Are you or would you wear your mom's dress.
    Yes! I am wearing mom's (or another family member's) heirloom. : (7 votes)
    3 %
    I wish she had kept her so that I could wear it. : (20 votes)
    10 %
    One was offered to me, but I bought my own. : (14 votes)
    7 %
    I want my own look for my wedding. : (112 votes)
    55 %
    Something else... : (50 votes)
    25 %
  • Post # 3
    61 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I’d love too, unfortunately my mother is approx 1ft shorter than me and chose a 70’s-tastic bell sleeved number to get married in (which needless to say, isn’t really to my taste!)

    However, we chose to honour my mother by have my engagement ring made in replica of hers.

    Post # 4
    5797 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2011

    My moms dress was gorgeous (depsite getting married in 1981) but it was destroyed when our basement flooded 🙁 She was itty bitty when she got married so it probably wouldn’t have fit anyway.

    Post # 5
    4038 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    My mom got married on an Army base in Germany, and wore an olive green dress. She was bigger than me, though (and I don’t think I would have worn it even if it had fit.) Now my grandmother’s wedding dress was lost in a fire, and that always made me super sad. She had the most amazing dress…tea length, natural waist, cap sleeves, cream silk and lace…le sigh. If I had had enough time, I might have had it replicated. 

    I’m holding onto mine. It’s a simple lace sheath. I’m not expecting to have girls, or that they’d necessarily want to wear my dress if I did, but maybe they’d want to the lace in a veil or something. Really I’m just sentimental.

    Post # 6
    206 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    There’s no way I could wear my mom’s dress even if I wanted to–its way too small for me.  She was a skinny 16 year old when she married my dad, so there would be no hope for me of fitting into it now.

    Post # 7
    2288 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    I would have, but it had some damage to the silk, and she’s 5’4″ and was about 100 lbs when she got married. I’m 6’1″ and….yyyyyyyyeah.

    Post # 8
    2091 posts
    Buzzing bee

    My mom’s dress was lovely – on her. It was actually her mother’s dress so it’s from the 40’s. It’s an ivory all-lace sheath with long sleeves and a high neck. It is very outdated and I wouldn’t wear it even if I could. Both my mom and my memere were 5′ and barely 100lbs when married. I’m a good 5 inches taller and 40lbs heavier. There is no way that dress would fit me. 


    Post # 9
    7300 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I wish! My mother had a tea length gown and that’s what I’m wearing BUT I’m 5’11 and she is 5’4 and was SUPER skinny. I have tits, ass, and hips. lol All of us got our height from my father. 

    Post # 10
    5118 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    My father is holding my mom’s gown (and grandma’s tiarra) hostage after a messy divorce, so I’ve learned to just let go of that idea and found my own beautiful gown. Still, it would have been nice to have the option.

    Grandma kept her gown at her house, and years of smoking made it yellowy, but I might take some ribbons off it and try to clean them up to use somewhere. And, both of them were about 90/95lbs when they got married…if only Mr.ND and I were getting hitched in 8th grade. Lol.

    Post # 11
    509 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    Definitely not.


    Three good reasons:

    I’m quite a bit heavier than my mom, hers was a VERY 70’s style, and her marriage ended in divorce.

    Post # 12
    1041 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    Yea….my parents got married in the 80’s……  Plus they are divorced now so that would have been weird anyway.

    Post # 13
    1555 posts
    Bumble bee

    My mom’s dress was actually really nice. It was a shorter dress, which I totally dig, but it had sleeves. Long sleeves. And she got married on a beach in Jamaica. In long sleeves. Ugh.

    But it was really soft looking and really pretty.

    Post # 14
    10287 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I not wearing my moms dress but my aunt did. My aunt was married 10 years after my parents and my moms dress was still sorta in style and looked great on her. Now, 27 years later, the dress is far too vintage for my taste (& also 8 sizes too small). We did consider cutting it up and using pieces of it to custom make a new dress but we decided not to take on that task. We are going to use pieces of it to custom make a bouquet wrap and possibly a bolero, though. 

    My mom had a hard time allowing me to cut it up but we won’t have another bride in my family unless I have a daughter. I don’t even know why she’s so attached to the dress. Her marriage with my father was a nightmare. 

    Post # 15
    11325 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    My mom’s dress was straight up 70s… right down to the high collar and long sleeves. Not to mention the fact that my mom was a lot thinner than I am now when she got married. Also, it is pretty discolored. She did however cut up her cathedral length mantilla veil to create my fingertip length veil 🙂 

    Post # 16
    608 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I thought about wearing her dress since she passed away and it means a lot but I felt some how by wearing it myself it would take the “magic” out of the dress.  I guess I like knowing the last person who wore it was her on her wedding day.  Instead, I will have her dress hanging with a note about it and a picture of my parents wedding.  I’m glad she kept it or I wouldn’t have it.

    I do wish someone had kept her garter belt so I could wear that.  I thought about wearing the veil but its an old Jackie Kennedy style veil with almost a hat on top.  Doesn’t match with my dress I don’t think.

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