- 6 years ago
Some people frequently wonder if they can re-wear a white or ivory wedding dress. I know there are some threads on here that deal with the issue, but from what I can see there are few if any suggestions regarding events.Thus, I am listing a few ideas and suggestions that my friends and I have gathered.
1. If you have a Regency-style dress, take it to a historic ball or dinner. White was the most common ball dress colour, and you will fit right in. http://regencydances.org/events.php
If your dress is a ball gown, pick a Victorian ball and accessorise with silk flowers, a coloured sash, etc. http://www.flickr.com/photos/steppy1980/4768977706/
2. If you live in the UK go to a Scottish ball. White dresses with colourful tartan sashes are the attire of choice for ladies. Just make sure you don’t have a train, as they are dangerous during vigorous Scottish dancing especially after the men enjoyed the whisky, which plays an important part in such festivities.
3. If you have a simple wedding dress, you can wear it as an evening gown to formal summer garden balls/parties/dinners, the theatre/opera (e.g., Glyndebourne, the Proms at Royal Albert Hall) and cruises.
4. My best friend gave her dress to her 18-year-old niece who was chosen to dance as a debutante at the Vienna Opera Ball. She is the fourth young lady on the right (counted from the bottom right of the picture). You might even secure a free invitation,
5. If you don’t mind some alterations and/or a colour change wear it as a fabulous ball gown to any of these events:
I am sure there are more. I realise this is UK/Europe-centric, but that’s where I live most of the time, so I naturally have more information about it. I am quite certain that you have similar events in the US and Canada.
While I have not re-worn my own wedding dress (I’d like to preserve it for my daughter), I recently bought an Empire/Regency-style wedding dress on eBay. It was quite cheap, and it will be perfect for an upcoming Regency masquerade ball.
I thought about removing the train, but trains were actually quite common after 1810, so it will be rather authentic looking, especially when combined with the right accessories and hair style. Here is a museum piece for comparison’s sake.
Of course, you can always just store your dress, as I did, or sell/donate it, but for those that would like to take it out again, hopefully, I was able to inspire you that a white dress is indeed wearable.