(Closed) Mother IN LAW'S Wedding Dress

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
7527 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

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smallgirl94:  Talk to your SIL. Just tell her you want to be respectful , wanted to talk before doing anything and need her help in modernising the dress a little. 

Post # 3
691 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I would think that it would be expected that you alter the dress, even more than just taking it in, or getting it hemned. It’s an 80’s dress! That’s probably the reason your SIL didn’t wear the dress :p

That being said, I would definitely ask. Just say “Hey, I would be totally honoured to wear you mother’s dress, but would you be insulted if I altered it considerably to be more modern?”

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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smallgirl94: why not talk to your fsil about her thoughts / wishes?

Post # 5
999 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

If I were you I would err on the side of caution and not make any changes to the dress. What if you just take some pictures in the dress but don’t wear it for the entire wedding day? Or, could you borrow a piece of jewelery or veil that was your MIL’s instead?

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2015 - Glen Echo Park

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smallgirl94:  Oh, totally — there are great tailors out there that specialize in this. I just saw an AMAZING 80s dress remake somewhere on these boards — a remake of the girl’s mothers dress. Don’t take it to just anybody – find a tailor you trust. You can create a lovely heirloom. 

Post # 9
113 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

you should see the dress first before you make any decision. 

Post # 10
4556 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I haven’t been in this situation, but something kinda similar. My Future Mother-In-Law also passed away almost 6 years ago (along with both my parents and I have no idea where my moms dress is). We wanted to use diamonds from her wedding set in mine. But Fiance has 2 younger sisters, but they’re twins so it’s kinda different. We just talked to them and also his stepdad about the ring and if they would be okay with us having it and basically tearing it apart. They were all happy to let me have it and let me do whatever I wanted with it. Hopefully it goes the same way for you! 

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