(Closed) Did your mom preserve her wedding dress?

posted 12 years ago in Dress
  • poll: What did your mom do with her wedding dress?

    She preserved it so that I could wear it!

    She donated it.

    She didn't have a wedding dress.

    She put it in a dress up box so that it could later be made into a scrappy little apron.

    Other (please explain).

  • Post # 17
    142 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    my mom preserved( dont know if she did it for me or not though) it and just took it out tonight for me to try on….i squeezed my way in it and gosh was it tight! but it has potential…if i dont find something i like or cant afford a dress, we are going to see if it can be let out and altered to be something a bit more to my liking. it is very pretty and not your usual 80’s satin and ugly lace long pointy sleeve poofy shoulder dress ( well it does have the high collar, and she even took it down a notch and its still kinda high lol) you would think it to be. its actually quite elegant and pretty. she said if i or my Future Sister-In-Law dont use it she is going to give it to salvo which im kinda sad about and i will probably fight her on cause im like that. if i dont want it maybe, if i have a daughter someday, she would want it.

    Post # 18
    19 posts
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Her and my dad got married in a little church on the navy base where my dad was stationed. she wore a beautiful peach skirt and white shirt which wouldn’t fit me if I tried. But to put that touch into my wedding I’m dying the crinoline a peach color like her dress!

    Post # 19
    5493 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2011

    My mom had her dress shortened and wore it as a cocktail dress for a while.  When we moved to the US, she sold it in a consignment shop.  I’m still a little bitter about it.  I would have loved to wear it, if not for the wedding then for then for something else.

    Post # 20
    94 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    My mom’s marriage to my dad was her 2nd, so she didn’t have a wedding dress that time around.  She did have a dress for her first marriage, but I have no idea what happened to it.  She apparently didn’t keep it because I’ve never seen it.  It would be WAY too small for me though!

    Post # 21
    1432 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    My mom rented hers for $50 in 1966.  From the pictures it looks exactly like the type of dress I want, and it makes me sad that she doesn’t have it anymore.   Boatneck, 3/4 length sleeves, tea length… amazing.


    ETA: In August they will have been married 45 years!  So I guess it would’ve brought good luck too!

    Post # 22
    1805 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

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    @sjs8906:  Same here!  My mom married my dad (second marriage too) and wore an off white or ivory suit. They were married in an NCO club on base.

    Her first marriage was to my brother’s father around 1960.  I’ve seen a pic of her dress and it is something I would have LOVED but she has no idea what happened to it either.  It was tons of tiered tiny lace ruffles!  Would have been to small for me regardless.  I don’t know how you “lose” a wedding dress or have no idea where it went, though..!?

    I don’t know why but none of the women in my family saved their dresses, aside from one Great Aunt.  I used to play in her wedding dress when I was younger.

    My mom did, however, save my 1988 prom dress… um yeah.

    Post # 23
    4652 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    For my mom first wedding she actualy gave the wedding dress back to my father when they broke up Yep just left it right in front of his door along with all his other belongings…

    But with her second wedding she just wore a cute summer dress for the vegas spur of the moment wedding (still a little sad i wasnt there )But I have the dress hanging in my closet right now Because I am taking part of her dress and using it for my bouquet! Im very excited about it!

    Post # 24
    55 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    My mom didn’t have a real wedding dress. She bought a cheap white and beautiful dress, but she didn’t keep it though.

    Post # 25
    350 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    My mom never had her dress professionally cleaned or preserved.  She still has it in a garment bag in her closet though.  It was a pretty dress but it would never in a million years have fit me.  She was tiny tiny when she was married. 

    Post # 26
    1701 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I have no idea. 

    My parents are divorced, so I try not to mention her wedding.  She never mentioned anything about her dress. 

    Post # 27
    171 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    My mom rented her dress. I would not have wanted to wear it, although she looks beautiful in her wedding pictures.

    Post # 28
    5091 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: January 2012

    My grandfather owned a dry cleaning business, so there was never really any question as to whether it would be preserved or not.  It’s a lovely dress, but not for me.  I think I hurt my mom’s feelings when I said I didn’t want to wear it.  🙁  We did take it out of the box, and I tried it on (but it doesn’t fit at all).  She’s now given me permission to do whatever I want with it, so I may chop it up and make my wedding purse or something like that out of it.  I do plan to wear her veil, which was also preserved.

    Post # 29
    1805 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    This thread reinforces my decision to sell my dress. 🙂  Doubtful DD would want to wear it, or it would fit even if she did..  but thanks to this thread, I think I will save the veil and give her that option!

    Post # 30
    6390 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    My mom kept hers for the longest time. I was supposed to wear it in third grade to dress up as a goddess, but I was sick that day :(. She donated it to Goodwill by the time my sister got married.

    Post # 31
    10712 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I wish I could have seen what it looked like… I don’t know what she did with it… Probably left it in Germany when she came back to live in the US. I’ve never even see a picture of it… or her rings or my father… they got divorced when I was 1.

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