Post # 1
I just found out that my Nonna still has her wedding gown. I saw a picture of it years ago, and was told it wasn’t around anymore and was devastaed. My mom and I even looked at getting it recreated from the photographs.
But tonight she called and said she still has the gown. The veil is what is gone, but the story had gotten mixed up over the years!
My mom is going to look at the dress tonight and see if its in okay shape and restoration is possible.
I am so anxious, I live 800 miles away, so I won’t be able to see the dress until I go home in a few weeks.
Has anyone else tried to restore a 60 year old dress? Did it work out okay?
Post # 3
@new york bride 13: You probably could. At the very least you could use some fabric, and add it to a new dress maybe? I have nothing left from my Nonna, but I am using a pendant of hers on my bouquet, on my wedding day 🙂
Good luck! I hope you can find someone who can help 🙂
Post # 4
- Wedding: September 2013 - Old Stone House in Brookyn
I hope it works out for you! That would be amazing.
Post # 5
Do a search here on WeddingBee for “my mother’s dress”. You will find some gtreat examples.
Post # 6
Well ladies, it seems like it doesn’t matter. My Nonna was wrong, she did cut up her gown (which was the story I’d heard years ago) not her veil (which is what she thought she did tonight until my mom went over and dug it out of the closet).
I’m totally crushed. I’d come to terms with the fact that she’d cut it a long time ago, but to hear that she didn’t got my hopes up so high, then my mom just called and said she had cut up all the lace on it (which was the part I loved), and it might be okay, but “You’ll have to look at it” and “Maybe we can just get someone to recreate the dress for you”
Post # 7
@new york bride 13: Sorry to hear about that, but don’t lose hope! You may be able to repurpose parts of it. I got my grandma’s 50 yr old dress, but it was stained yellow due to years of smoking. We cut off what we could salvage, and oxycleaned the heck out of pieces of it. Part of the lace we used on the ring bearer’s pillow, and the crinoline I dyed blue and used under my ‘going away’ dress.
Hopefully you can use parts of it, even what she’s already cut up. There are lots of ways to incorporate pieces, I hope that they’re still able to be worked in.
Post # 8
@indibee: Thank you! I am going home to see it in a few weeks, so I will be able to better asses the situation then and decide what to do! I’m hoping I can at least incorporate a bit of it into my day!
Post # 9
I can’t wait to see pictures!!!
Post # 10
I hope that you are able to do so. I have a Nonna (I call her Noni) and her weddind dress also didn’t make it to today. She thinks she remembers donating it. But she still has her pearl headpiece that I’ll be wearing on my wedding day with my Mom’s veil. I’m sure you’ll be able to incorporate some part of what you have left into your wedding day outfit.
Post # 11
@junesun62: We call her both! I usually write Nonna, but say Nonni 🙂 I love that you are wearing your mom’s veil and your Noni’s headpiece, that is so wonderful that you are able to incorporate both of their pieces into your look for your wedding. My Fiance reminded me that I am using her wedding band as my own, so if the dress cannot be used, I still have such an important part of her wedding in mine! But I still hope I can find some way to use her dress, it is just so pretty!
@GreenEyedMoon: I am going home in a few weeks, so I will definitely post the pictures when I see the dress 🙂