(Closed) Did you try on your mother's wedding dress?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Did you try on your mother's wedding dress?

    No I didn't try it on; I wasn't able to (she didn't keep it, too far away, didn't fit, etc)

    No I didn't try it on; I didn't want to

    Yes I tried it on but I hated it

    Yes I tried in on; it was ok but not quite right

    Yes, I loved it


    I am wearing my mother's dress

    I'm using an element from her dress/outfit (eg. veil, a section of lace, etc)

    I'm not wearing my mothers dress or any part of her wedding outfit

  • Post # 32
    267 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    My mom BORROWED her wedding dress from a friend (crazy but apparently it fit perfectly, it just worked out and saved $$$) so I never got to try it on! I am sort of glad though…the sleeves were HUGE and I would have never worn it anyway!

    Post # 33
    4998 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I’m probably the only person who would ever fit in my mom’s dress (she’s 5’1″ and 105 pounds, I’m the same but 3 inches taller) but she didn’t really let me try it on. She knew I was very unlikely to wear it and didn’t want it chopped up in case my brother marries someone tiny. She had it preserved so it’s sealed up and she didn’t want to break the seal, so she wouldn’t take it out of the box. I could go on, but my dress ended up being gorgeous so it’s fine!!

    Post # 34
    139 posts
    Blushing bee

    I used to try on my mums dress quite often … until I couldn’t fit into it at age 16. And I was a skinny kid! I wouldn’t have worn it anyways, one of the typical 80’s puffy, frilly dresses. 

    I really wanted to wear her veil though, but she won’t let me for some reason 🙁 

    Post # 35
    892 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    My mom has been married and divorced twice. I never knew the first husband and the second was my step father. Really don’t want any of her previous wedding pieces tainting my wedding. Plus, the dress she wore last was….really creepy IMO. It has lace sleeves and a really high lacey collar. Nothing against lace sleeves but hers just kind of looks like it belongs in a horror movie for some reason.

    Post # 36
    701 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    I tried on both my mom and grandma’s wedding dresses! I really liked my grandma’s but there was some discoloration and wholes so I couldn’t wear it. 

    Post # 37
    1192 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    My mom has her dress but it wouldn’t even come close to fitting me. I know I used to wear her veil when I was a little kid playing dress up. We have a picture somewhere of me in a Little Mermaid nightgown, her veil, mittens, and high heels circa age 3.

    Post # 38
    1409 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I haven’t tried on my mom’s dress, yet, but I’m thinking about it, especially since I’m sorta destroying it! I asked her if I could have one of the lace sleeves to wrap around my bouquet, and she said yes 🙂

    And it’s super 80s and she never had it preserved or anything. 

    Since now my sister is engaged too, I think perhaps next time I visit we can both try it on, and it can have sort of a last hurrah lol.

    Post # 39
    3245 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    I haven’t tried on my mom’s dress, and probably won’t– we just generally feel like it’s HER dress and it would be odd for me to wear it. I wouldn’t fit in it anyway– she’s super tiny, and while I am small, I’m not super thin like her! She made it, and it’s beautiful– an empire dress with short sleeves in lovely floaty silk– but it’s not at all my style and its shape would not look good on me. Plus I want to sew my own.

    I have, however, tried on my great-grandmother’s wedding gown– my mom’s grandma. She was married in 1915, and her dress was custom-made, ivory silk with some beautiful lace, and a wonderful “Titanic”-type style with a rather narrow long skirt and gracefully poufy bodice. I love it but I am too big for it, and its shape looks strange on me. 

    If I can wear my great-grandmother’s veil, I think I will– but it may be too long for the look I want.

    Post # 40
    2542 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    My mom married twice, but she didn’t get to wear a wedding gown either time 🙁

    Post # 41
    3683 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    My mom didn’t have one.  Cry

    Post # 42
    930 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    My mom is petite, and I’m no where close to her size, so it was never an option!  She asked if I wanted to wear her veil, which was a weird veil hat thing from 1980, she was okay that I passe don it.  I almost took the fabric from MIL’s homemade dress and had t made into the sleeves of mine, but her’s was too yellowed and didn’t match up.


    Post # 43
    2142 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    I tried it on a few years ago, before I was engaged. It’s a very dated 80’s style with the big sleeves, so really not for me! I wouldn’t want to restyle it because it’s white satin and I don’t want either of those things anyways. Plus my mom loves her dress, so I could never cut into it! (Although it was already taken in for her sister to wear it)

    My grandma’s dress on the other hand… I’ve never tried on, but it looks nice in the pictures I’ve seen, so I want to ask her if I can try it on! I’m not sure how to though. Plus I already have a dress, haha.


    Post # 44
    1863 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    My mom’s really wasn’t too bad, even though they were married in the mid-80’s. My mom wore it again for their 10 year anniversary party at home (after 4 kids!) and all of us had a great time celebrating with them.  Two years later, our house burned completely and she lost her dress.  When we were shopping for mine, she admitted that she wouldn’t have wanted me to wear her dress, because she didn’t like it anymore and wished she had kept looking lol. 

    Post # 45
    1108 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I tried on both my mom’s wedding dresses (from her wedding to my dad and my stepdad), but that was back in highschool, and just for fun.  I never considered wearing either of them… although I joked about wearing the awesome hat my mom wore for her 1986 wedding to my dad!

    Post # 46
    368 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2000


    I actually own my mother’s wedding dress (she’s deceased). It’s a short, mint-green wrap dress. Holla, 1975! It’s pretty swank and in good repair, but it has long sleeves and is of a thick material. Not great for our summer Caribbean wedding.

    Between her dress and my hot pink spaghetti strap number, our mother-daughter comparison shots (I scanned and spliced them together) look a tad unorthodox. Love it!

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    So cool! You look fabulous! 

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