(Closed) Help! Mom’s wedding dress is “Rotten”

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
520 posts
Busy bee

Would it be possible to just wear it for the actual ceremony and then change into a second dress for the reception?

Post # 4
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

I am sorry about your mom’s dress 🙁

I would go and try on the dress and examine the spots that she is talking about, then I would decide whether to wear it or not.

Post # 5
3176 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I second MaggieMae – Your right you don’t want to worry about it and that way you’d still be able to wear it and have pictures in it but then you’d be able to enjoy yourself at the reception.

Post # 6
512 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I agree with Maggie Mae and June.  Great idea.

Post # 7
235 posts
Helper bee

You said the sheer overlay hides some of the holes underneath?  Is it possible to replace the underlying fabric and still keep the overlay?

Post # 8
1403 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I agree that this is a good situation to be a two-dress bride.  You can be in mom’s dress for the ceremony and photos, and then switch to something that can withstand dancing for the reception.  See what you can buy off the rack – if you’re an “average size” bride there should be plenty to choose from.  You could “dress down” a bit too, and go for a bridesmaid dress or formal-prom style dress.  Good luck!!

Post # 9
573 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

You could consider having the dress remade, use the parts of it that are still in good condition and add in fabric to replace what is damaged like futuremominlaw said.

Post # 10
1001 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

It probably has dry rot.  Does the fabric feel stiff or delicate?  My rehearsal dinner dress was from the 40’s and had dry rot, and I wore it anyway, and it ripped to shreds by the end of the night.  I could hear it rip every time it moved!  Unfortunately, there really isn’t a way to salvage the dress. I would probably just have it as a keepsake and wear something else.

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