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

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 32
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@torbobride  I also like having flowers in the hair instead of in a crown like this

Maybe just hair like this, bold necklace or even a few bangles and a belt with a big detail on the side

Post # 33
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

You ahould def go for a romantic boho look! I love the style of the dress

Post # 34
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Coloured sahs at the waist, a beautiful flower crown or headpiece and I’d carry a colourful pinwheel instead of the flowers 🙂  

Post # 35
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Def go boho w/ flower crown & sandals. Please post recap pics! Does your Fiance know you’re wearing the dress? Also I love your 2nd dress too, very chic!

Post # 36
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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@torbobride  I can’t get over how cool your great-grandmother’s wedding dress is! I just about peed in my pants with excitement when I saw it! lol

I’m gonna go (somehwat) against the grain here and suggest you don’t try to modernize your dress but embrace its age and all that comes along with it. So maybe you could also try a victorian hair style? Something a bit like this? 

As for shoes, I would definitely go for something with laces and with a closed toe. Like these: 

I agree what the other bees suggested about jewelry, either pearls, a cameo or both would looks absolutely amazing. BUT, you could also attach a cameo to a piece of ribbon and tie it closely around your neck. You will look like you stepped out of a Henry James novel – which is something I would absolutely adore. A bit like this:

Anyway, just a few ideas.

Pleeeeease, post recaps of your wedding so we can see how you looked, I’m dying to  see the dress in action!  

Post # 37
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Ooh!  I’m so glad I saw your post!  I’m actually in the same boat as you and have been researching options as well.  From the photo you posted (which I understand is not exactly your dress, but looks similar) your dress looks Edwardian, which would put it in the 1910s.  I’ve attached a photo that I found on a wedding blog.  I love the look of the wide, colored sash!

I agree with previous posters about a wreath of flowers, but I was also impressed when I saw this Edwardian veil ad:

I really like the drop veil/flower crown combo the advertisement shows!  Maybe you could use a rainbow of differently-colored flowers in the wreath?  That could be beautiful.

Please post your pictures once you have them!  Very exciting 🙂

 

 

Post # 38
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

 

@torbobride  Is there anyway you could maybe do a pin up of the bottom with colorful ribbons to add some flare to the bottom?  This way  you could also rock some awesome shoes!  How about adding a colorful sash too.  Does the lace part have actually holes in it to work with?  You don’t have to permanently add anything but you could tie some colorful ribbon to add flare.  Good luck and let us know what you decide to do!!!

 

Post # 41
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I would do a semi-ostentatious statement necklace, colorful, to go with your theme and distract a little from the neckline.  Maybe a simple, thin blingy sash but not really.

Or I’d do a ribbon sash and the boho look, but I felt like your theme was a little more colorful than this, if I’m understanding it right.

Post # 42
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: July 2014

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@torbobride  You should definitely do flowers in your hair! Your stylist can do clip-in extensions, several of my friends and family members have done that for their weddings. 

Post # 44
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I haven’t read all the comments, but I just had to say that the dress is amazing!!!

Post # 45
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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@torbobride  You said you can’t go to a bridal shop…but what about BHDLN – its online. Even if you don’t buy thier stuff – you couls easily get some inspo.

Post # 46
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

As someone who has worn a lot of Victorian dresses, the thing that will give it body and some structure is your underpinnings — specifically, a properly shaped corset for the 1890s.  Your slip is half the battle.  But the corset will make the dress lay correctly, so that it blouses a little up top over the sash, and flows over your hips.  That’s how late 19th century lace dresses avoided looking like nightgowns.  The undergarments give it structure.  That would be my biggest pice of advice for you.  Get a proper corset and use it in conjunction with a slip and maybe even an additional petticoat to give the skirt volume and flow.

I like the suggestions of delicate updos and flowers in your hair.  If the lace can take it, a cameo brooch is a good suggestion.  Otherwise, thread it on some ribbon and wear pearl drops in your ears.  Gloves would be a nice touch, so would a pair of cream leather boots.  I think really embracing the period feel of the dress is a good way to go.  It’s such a special piece, and letting it shine will only enhance how special it is.  And if you embrace it and work with the gown, you won’t look like a stuffy matron.  Soft makeup, soft colours, soft hair (extensions would be great) will give you a really romantic, sweet look.

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