My parents were married in 1976, and my mother’s gorgeous floral dress was a dream. Unfortunately, I didn’t think about wearing it until I’d already purchased my own dress; it wouldn’t have needed an inch of alterations.
Many women save their dresses for their daughters. If you are lucky enough to have a mother who did this and wore something beautiful, fantastic! That’s not the case for most brides-to-be: styles have changed a lot over the years (especially since the dreaded 1980s).
Never fear—you can alter vintage dresses into more modern versions of themselves, making them an eco-friendly and meaningful choice for your wedding gown. Here are a few of my favorites:
This classic gown, made from her grandmother’s modest dress:
And this one, made from vintage slips:
If you know how to sew, or know a talented seamstress, consider “up-cycling” a vintage dress. It creates a special connection to your family history, and you’ll have something truly one-of-a-kind!