(Closed) Mom's 47 yr old wedding dress….made into..? Suggestions needed

posted 4 years ago in Dress
Post # 16
2699 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

I would do a photo shoot for sure. Post pics!!

Post # 17
1747 posts
Bumble bee

If you decide not to wear it then I’d have some conversations with all siblings about what to do… if they’d be upset if it was repurposed. If the decision is to take it apart then everyone should get something from it.  

I’d for sure do baptism gown (with the understanding that it is a family gown – anyone who has the want/need gets to use it.)  Ring bearer pillow.  And as you previously suggested clutches and ornaments.  If I did pillows, I’d embroider mom/dad’s names and anniversary on in … maybe small.  But.  If it’s a beautiful gown, I’d want to think first about cutting it up.     

How hard is it to change?  Could you wear it for the father daughter dance then rechange or is that to ‘incesty’?

Post # 18
1450 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016 - St. John\'s Lutheran Church

I have to say, the idea of slashing up a beautiful vintage wedding dress hurts my soul a little bit. Like, if the dress was HIDEOUS but it held sentimental attachment for you, I’d say the pillows and ornaments were a great idea, but you said yourself it’s a gorgeous dress. It was made to be on a person, not cut to shreds and used for arts and crafts! Sorry I sound so passionate – it’s your mother’s dress, and I’m sure whatever you do with it will be done with immense amounts of love and good memories. I just think that if that dress were a person, it would want to be worn! 🙂

Post # 19
3930 posts
Honey bee

I’m a bit like the above bee. The thought of the dress being cut up seems like bit of a violation. It’s already lasted this long it seems a shame not to preserve it for longer.  Families grow and expand. Another generation might treasure this dress intact.

I think the photoshoot idea has great merit.

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Post # 20
169 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Just make sure ll of your siblings are ok with what you do! I would be heartbroken if my sister cut up my moms wedding gown even though neither of us could wear it. I wouldn’t want photos of me in it either, id like to look at it and imagine my mom in it Not see me playing dress up.

Post # 21
3169 posts
Sugar bee

I wouldn’t want to cut up my late mothers wedding dress if she had one. My friend wore her grandmothers dress as her ceremony dress so it can be future generations that enjoy a design again. In any case, the decision is your fathers an siblings and I think you should all come to the right decision for you all jointly. Best of luck Bee. My Mum has passed so I know planning a wedding without Mum is hard x

Post # 22
8317 posts
Bumble Beekeeper


Absolutely   . I think no cut up , but photographed and put  away again would be the way to go. Especially  as not only has OP already got a dress she loves, but there are other sisters too.

Wonder why dad brought  it our after OP had committed to another  dress?  Or maybe  he didn’t  know she had.  

Post # 23
2006 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I would love to see a picture!

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