What are Some Creative Ways to Incorporate My Mother's Wedding Dress Into My Wedding?

Updated 02/28/14
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Jenny Evelyn

If you've decided to incorporate your mother's wedding dress into your own wedding day, we think that's such a wonderful idea. Need some creative ideas on how to do just that? Our wedding etiquette experts are here to answer your questions in our daily post.

What are some creative ways to incorporate my mother's wedding dress into my wedding?

Wanting to honor your mother by incorporating her gown into your wedding is such a lovely gesture. But not every dress will stand the test of time—fabrics yellow, styles change, and just because you're related doesn't necessarily mean you have the same body type or are the same size. So if you're not able to wear her gown at your wedding, here are some other ways to incorporate the dress into your nuptials.

• Repurpose it into a rehearsal dinner or reception dress. Depending on the condition or the fit of the dress, this can be as simple as shortening the length. If it requires more work, a skilled seamstress will be able to transform the gown into the perfect party dress.

• Repurpose it into the flower girl dress—so adorable and unexpected.

• Wrap swatches of lace or fabric from your mother's dress around the handle of your bridal bouquet and the bridesmaids' bouquets.

• Incorporate it into your veil, especially if your mother's dress features lace.

• Turn the dress fabric into a chuppah or ceremony backdrop.

• Find a designer (check Etsy) who can turn the fabric into a pretty clutch.

• Turn swatches of fabric into textile rosettes, which you can incorporate into your wedding-day look (i.e., glue them to a hair comb to wear in your up-do; affix a few rosettes to a length of silk ribbon to wear as a sash).

• Use some of the lace to make handkerchiefs for you and your mother.

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