- 10 years ago
- Wedding: January 2012
My mom saved her wedding dress for years and years in the hope that her future daughter would wear it for her wedding. Well, almost thirty years later, I’m the only daughter, and I wouldn’t wear the dress for my wedding if you paid me. It’s a pretty dress, but it’s very late 70s/early 80s in style, and it’s not my kind of dress anyway. I think I kind of hurt her feelings when I told her years ago that I wouldn’t wear her dress.
Even so, my mom took it out of storage after Fiance and I got engaged and brought it with her when she came to visit. Together, we opened up the box, and she made me try it on anyway. It fit terribly. I’m four inches shorter than her, my boobs are about twice as big as hers, and, at the time, I was significantly heavier than she had been. Nevertheless, she said it was mine, and I could do whatever I wanted with it.
I thanked her and decided I would find some way to use it. I planned from the beginning to wear her veil, and I thought I could cut up the dress and use the lace on my shoes, purse, bouquet, something. As far as my mom knows, that’s what’s going to happen.
Later on, I decided that I would get some bridal portraits done in the dress before I chopped it up. I thought those would mean a lot to my mom. I’m going to have those done this weekend, and I’ll probably give a framed copy of the best one to her at the rehearsal dinner.
I’ve lost a lot of weight since January when I tried it on, so I asked Fiance to help me into it a few nights ago. Though it still doesn’t fit well – it’s a little tight around the waist, and I can’t wear a bra at all if I want to get my boobs into it – it actually fits now. It zips all the way, and Fiance was even able to hook together the lace pieces at the top that give it a keyhole back. Even more surprisingly, it doesn’t look half bad. Some small part of me now kind of regrets not choosing to wear hers, even though I love mine more than anything.
So now I’m kind of loathe to slice and dice it and harvest it for pieces. I’d like to show it off a bit more than in just the pictures. I mentioned possibly wearing it to the rehearsal dinner, but Fiance shot that idea down really quick – after all, it has a cathedral-length train. Today I thought, though, what if I just cut the skirt to knee-length? Maybe that would work. Anyway, I’m wondering what you lovely ladies of the Hive think. What’s the best way to honor my mom with her dress?