Post # 1
I went home for the weekend and tried on my mother’s wedding dress (a vintage Alfred Angelo! My mother has never worn anything by a designer in her LIFE!). It fits PERFECTLY and I do really, really love it. I’m completely in love with the idea of wearing my mother’s dress, and of course saving hundreds of dollars doesn’t sound too bad either.
HOWEVER. My mother’s dress doesn’t exactly fit what I was envisioning for my wedding–long chiffon skirt and long lace sleeves vs. my 50’s-esque, tea length dream. But I don’t want to make any adjustments if I wear it–no shortening, no sleeve removal–I want it in its original form. I’m 90% sure I want to wear my mom’s dress, but I’m looking for confirmation that keeping that connection to my family history is worth giving up the dress-buying experience and saying yes to “my” dress.
Anyone else wear their mother’s/step-mother’s/grandmother’s/aunt’s wedding dress? Did anyone REGRET wearing a family dress?
Post # 3
Is it possible to wear your mom’s dress for the ceremony and change into one you pick for the reception? I say that would be win win.
I wore two dresses!
Post # 4
I was just thinking this when I read your post. You could easily find that swingin’ 50’s style dress for your reception (and waaaay under budget)!
Post # 5
Pleeease take a pic of you in this dress! It sounds lovely!!!! 🙂
Post # 6
I am wearing my mom’s dress. I put it on and just knew it was the one. I haven’t even tried on anything else. It did have lace and netting sleeves and high collar, but the fabric had become so brittle it had to come off. It has a pretty sizable train that my mom carried over her arm all night so I added a bustle too.
Post # 7
I would go for it! If you really want to then you can always buy a second dress for the reception. I wish I could fit in my mom’s dress but I’m taller and have broader shoulders than her and her dress has long sleeves. Also she didn’t get it stored well so the dress has some spots on it 🙁
Post # 8
If you have the budget to buy a gown, then I would say you could explore a little by trying them on and comparing how you feel about them to your mother’s. Of course it may be a delicate situation with your mother present. On the other hand if you do not have the budget to buy a gown, I would skip trying on any others. You could get the “dress experience” by going to a boutique or having a private shopper at a department store assist you in finding a dresses for another part of the wedding like engagement party, showers, or rehearsal dinner.
Post # 9
get two dresses! 🙂 wear your moms for the ceremony and where “your” dress for the reception! i wanna see pictures!
Post # 10
Totally! Normally I’m not a fan of the two-dress trend, but this is the perfect situation in which to wear her gown for the ceremony and then get a dress like what you’re thinking of for the reception.