(Closed) Need help jazzing up my great-grandmother's wedding gown!

posted 4 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
208 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Are you dead-set against a little alteration?  Because I think a dress like that would be lovely with a more open neckline.  Then you could get that relaxed, woodsy, ethereal look.

Post # 5
108 posts
Blushing bee

Colored sash around the waist? Statement necklace maybe? I’d avoid a veil. You could try to go for a bohemian look maybe.

Post # 6
69 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2013


Whats your wedding like? I’m thinking it totally works for an outdoorsy, boho chic style.


Post # 8
1094 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

No alterations? Hmmm that’s too bad. It’s a lovely dress and the history is amazing. Did your mum wear it for her wedding?  

Edited to add:

Reading over the post again i realized i didn’t really answer your questions on how to rock it! i thought you were still debating whether or not to wear it.

I agree with a lot of the ideas… a lovely floral wreath instead of a viel… maybe with some rainbow ribbons streaming down the back.  A colorful sash, a simple pendant. It will look lovely.










Post # 9
123 posts
Blushing bee

Since it’s so old fashioned lookiing, I’d go for a colored sash around the waist.  Something simple like a wide satin ribbon.  I also think a floral headband would be lovely.  

You could do a pretty country theme with the groom wearing pants, suspenders, bowtie and a newsboy cap… lots of wildflowers, milk glass, mason jars, vintage china, calico napkins.  It could be really charming.

Post # 10
864 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@torbobride:  My mom is letting me wear her wedding dress to the rehearsal/rehearsal dinner and then i will be wearing a dress I picked out for the actual wedding ceremony so that might be an option for you if you want to have 2 dresses.

Post # 12
561 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

May I ask how old the dress is? It looks to be from around the turn of the century! You are so lucky! Count me jealous.

I’d do a long, not gathered, single layer veil, and some sort of symmetrical headpiece with pearls, and maybe rhinestones, in a silver colored metal, and perhaps a pendant on a chain, hitting right above the breast or little lower, whatever looks right. I’d get wrist length gloves, lace or kidskin depending on the season, and a silver round toe heel with a strap. I would do a kind of an elegant vintage type hair style but muss/modernize it a bit. Modern make up.

Whatever you do, I think the key will be to resist temptation to work against the dress. It is so lovely, lady like, and ethereal! If you are dead set on wearing it, you have to work with it, while ensuring that you don’t end up looking like you are wearing a historical costume. Avoid anything voluminous and too structured, or risk looking like a stuffy, turn of the century matron.

Post # 13
3969 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I would KILL to wear that dress, as is. You are so lucky– I don’t even have my grandmother’s!!

Post # 15
122 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’d definitely go for a statement necklace and a sash. I’d wear sandals to help with the boho look and flowers in my hair.

Post # 16
230 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - saint patricks parish

@torbobride:  bridal belt, awesome shoes, and jewelery. Do you have a theme? what are your wedding colors?

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