Here is my mom's dress in all of it's 1975 glory...this is her and my grandfather before she walked down the aisle.
Here's her and my Dad... Ruffle tuxes and big bow ties were the trend at the time apparently. :)
I have been in love with my mom's dress since I can remember, and I always said I would wear her dress on my wedding day. Yet, as I got older, I knew I wouldn't be able to because I'm taller (and wider) than my mom was on her wedding day. No amount of alterations would get that dress to fit me. She was all of 5' and weighed barely 100 pounds on her wedding day. Me? Not so much.
The Thanksgiving after I got engaged, my mom pulled out her sealed dress box and we opened it. And here I am, in all my glory, trying on her dress - definitely not zipped in the back.
So, since the dress was not going to work as my wedding dress, I decided to wear my mom's veil on my wedding. However, it had a cap like crown that didn't quite match the wedding dress I ended up choosing. So we took the cathedral length bottom layer off and Jodi, owner of White where I got my dress, sewed it on a comb for me for free!
I wore the top half with the lace crown for my rehearsal, which was fun.
Then the cathedral veil was my veil on my wedding day and it was gorgeous! I almost didn't take it off for my reception, but it would have made dancing (especially our first dance) very difficult.
The rest of my mom's dress was recreated into special elements on my big day.
My mom's friend, who is an amazing seamstress, made our ring bearer's pillow out of the dress, a cover for the flower girl's bell, and the lace cuff (complete with buttons!) for my bouquet!
The rest of the dress was then made into a beautiful christening gown for my niece's baptism. The dress will be passed along to each of my mom's grandchildren for their baptisms. I think this is so special!
Even though I didn't get to wear her dress, I'm glad we were able to include her dress in different ways in my wedding.
Did you wear your mother's wedding dress and/or veil on your wedding day? Did you incorporate her dress in your wedding?
Read the rest of my blog posts about my Winter Wedding in Birmingham, AL on 12.10.11.