(Closed) Baptismal gown…what to do?

posted 5 years ago in Catholic
  • poll: Baptismal gown(s): what to do?
    Use the wedding dress; have one gown made for all babies : (1 votes)
    11 %
    Use the wedding dress; each baby gets their own : (4 votes)
    44 %
    Use DH's family gown : (3 votes)
    33 %
    Other : (1 votes)
    11 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    9082 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I would probably use the family gown* to keep the tradition going. What is too “girly” is up to somebody’s own tastes and what not. Nobody is really going to care, and gender roles/stereotypes are only what you make of them.

    *Take my opinion with a grain of salt. I am an ex-Catholic now Atheist so my opinions probably aren’t the best. I have less-than-stellar opinions on baptism in general.

    Post # 5
    Member
    11356 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I really like the idea of having a Christening gown suitable for a boy made from your wedding dress. 

    As you already noted, if your next child (assuming there is one) would be a girl, you could have a second, more elaborate Christening gown made from some of the more embellished portions of the dress.  Regardless of how many children you would decide to have after that, there would be no need to make additional Christening gowns for future children, since they each would be able to wear one of the two gowns you already (theoretically) had made.

    This approach should allow you to have enough fabric remaining to still make a third garment — a beautiful, First Communion dress to be worn by any daughters you may have.

    Post # 7
    Member
    11356 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    Well, you might still be OK, if the seamstress builds in enough fabric to adjust the size of the dress. My niece was my flower girl when she was five, and, this spring, when she was eight and much taller (and just larger in general after three years of growth) she wore the same dress and it looked gorgeous on her. However, it definitely had to be altered.

    Post # 8
    Member
    2657 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @Brielle:  +1 on this fabulous idea!

    Post # 9
    Member
    3697 posts
    Sugar bee

    @peaches13:  I don’t think it’s at all weird, By The Way, that the family didn’t tell you about the other baptismal gown “up front.” By nature, that’s not the sort of thing that really gets brought up until it’s relevant – i.e. when you’re pregnant. Weird would have been if someone had told you when you got engaged/as you were planning the wedding, etc., that there was this family baptismal gown that you absolutely HAD to use when you start popping out babies … 

    It sounds like you don’t always have the smoothest relationship with Mother-In-Law, so all I’m saying is, give her credit where credit is due: it sounds like she actually behaved extremely reasonably when the subject came up.

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