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Old 03.02.2011, 13:18
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I am just a person with simpler tastes.
I had a simple plain non white dress in mind for my wedding. It had to be clean cut like yours, a non poofy skirt, no train or veil, and not white, cream or any deviation of.
However once I started trying the dresses on I went with everything I didn't want!
I did feel like a proper Princess on the day, which I guess is what part of it is about.


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I know it's not the same AND some folks would maybe cringe but...

What about really cutting it up and using the pieces for a very nice and elaborate quilt?

Although to me, to be honest, it really is too pretty to think seriously about that BUT one of my sisters-in-law has a quilt made from her mother's or grandmother's wedding dress and it really is beautiful. (Plus it is used nearly every night, which I love the idea of.)
I love this idea but like you I don't know if I could do this. My mother still has her flock velvet (1970's!) long sleeve dress. She was absolutely tiny so I didn't have a hope in heck of fitting into it.
When my Nana passed away the first thing I asked for was her floral wedding dress that she made herself for her December 1939 wedding. Out of her 7 children (3 of them girls) and 12 grandchildren, not one of them knew of its exsitence. I cherish it as it reminds me of her and the harsh war times she went through after her wedding but it is sad to know it is just resting in a box.
A truly magificent quilt could be made out of these 3 dresses BUT could I bear for them to be cut?

It really is a dilemma and I wish you all the luck with your decision Summerrain.
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Old 03.02.2011, 13:22
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Having 2 boys it's unlikely that either of my children is likely to wear it, but who knows!!
he he - this is funny!!

My first wedding dress was a lovely ivory affair by Caroline Castigliano - figure hugging with a lace up back and fish tail. I still have it - it is hanging in my mother's wardrobe back in the UK and I have often thought about dying it but have not got around to it.

My second was a black satin Coast evening dress with a champagne bow which I have been able to wear a couple of times since.
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Old 03.02.2011, 13:30
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Re: Ladies, your wedding dresses?

My wedding dress is one of hers too. Fantastic dress, was rather expensive but I loved it, it was the first dress I tried on. I still have it, I have a bet with my husband that I will be able to fit into it on my 65th birthday which gives me a few years to diet .

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My first wedding dress was a lovely ivory affair by Caroline Castigliano
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No problem here - I got married in a hospital theatre gown + drip. (after 6 months in hospital after a car accident, fell and re-broke my femur 2 days before..). If I was not such a dinosaur, I'd put the picture here. Glad they kept it.
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Old 03.02.2011, 14:03
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No problem here - I got married in a hospital theatre gown + drip. (after 6 months in hospital after a car accident, fell and re-broke my femur 2 days before..). If I was not such a dinosaur, I'd put the picture here. Glad they kept it.
Oh no, poor you!! Sounds ghastly ... at least things could only get better ...
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No problem here - I got married in a hospital theatre gown + drip. (after 6 months in hospital after a car accident, fell and re-broke my femur 2 days before..). If I was not such a dinosaur, I'd put the picture here. Glad they kept it.
That's the best!

Mine sits an a cedar lined trunk in the basement. It's a one of a kind empire waist, long sleeve, scoop neck very simple affair. My sister designed it and one of her dressmaker colleagues from the movie biz in LA made it. But it's really, really simple. It was comfy and I love it. I just don't think I'll ever wear it again.

The fabric is difficult to discribe, sort of a chiffon with a pattern embrioidered throughout. It had a silk lining that my sister dyed with tea.

My mother (who eloped and was married in a navy polka dot dress) was a tailor. One of her favorite things was to renovate wedding dresses - she redid a number of them for clients who wanted to re-use wedding dresses, either previously worn by relatives, or purchased second hand. She was quite good at it, but died before I married.
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Old 03.02.2011, 17:03
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Re: Ladies, your wedding dresses?

I got married in a cream dress that gathered up to a big bow at the back with a train and a floppy hat. It cost me a fortune and I can't imagine what I was thinking of.
I still have it and I thought that it could be remodelled and one of my daughters would wear it - the material is beautiful but it still sits at the back of a wardrobe.................
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Old 03.02.2011, 17:20
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Re: Ladies, your wedding dresses?

Really lovely to read about everyone's dresses. Keep 'em coming!
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For the Registrar of Marriages formalities, I wore a Tangs Studio long narrow dress in beige with a tinge of rose. It had a slanted hemline, a pale peach fabric peony on the bottom of its V neckline and droopy skinny pale peach ribbons on the top of floppy split cap sleeves. Practical to a fault. It was 30% off. Wore it again for a dinner thrown for my then colleagues. It has since gathered a few moth holes and I cannot remember if it's still hanging downstairs or has been sent to the recycling bin.

For the tea ceremony with my family, I wore a very simple rich-brown knee-length, cap-sleeved cheongsam trimmed in cream, which I grabbed off a rack somewhere in Kuala Lumpur for RM30 (CHF10). Still have it but fear to see if I can still fit into it.

Summerrain, if you cut your dress, use the bottom part to make a pillowcase or cushion cover or a bikini.
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Re: Ladies, your wedding dresses?

I wore my mother's dress.

I was sort of the un-bridezilla. I'd left most of the wedding arrangements to my mother and mother-in-law, as it was really their party - my husband and I were more or less support players in the whole drama.

Shortly before the appointed day, it suddenly dawned on me that my standard attire - business suit and briefcase - wouldn't cut it, and I needed something to wear.

Well, after a depressing hour (my shopping limit) at one of those bridal stores where the 'Little Bo Peep' look seemed to be all the rage - this was the 80s, the decade that taste forgot - I was ready to pack it all in and elope.

Back to mom's for a glass of wine to drown my sorrows, where my casual comment 'Why don't they make dresses like yours anymore' sent mom scurrying up to the attic...

Gosh, what a beautiful dress - A 1950s classic, very simple lines, simply elegant.

Since then, mom's dress has become something of a family tradition. My sister, three cousins, a cousin's bride have all worn it - and this summer mom's first granddaughter will as well.

Which is my long-winded way of saying: Hang on to your dress, Summerrain. You never know what might happen a few decades down the road.

(Your dress is absolutely stunning.)
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Old 03.02.2011, 23:27
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Re: Ladies, your wedding dresses?

Being a secret girly girl at heart I've had my dress picked out for ages now...




Just waiting on the boyfriend to cough up a ring now

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Old 04.02.2011, 00:05
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Re: Ladies, your wedding dresses?

My dress was Italian and knee length. I went for it on my own and I really felt lonely. I haven't got a typical figure so was chuffed to find it. My shoes were fairy princess shoes and I still have them.

I got my dress dyed after the day and it shrunk 2 sizes and it came out terrible, so I put it in a bag for the clothes collector.
My biggest memory of my wedding day was" being terrified of being a bride" but not at all scared of marrying my hubby.

The dress is just the wrapping, no matter how we pack our selves. It's just us and the man we marry at the end of the day. I know, I can be so practical that I could qualify for being Swiss born but I just never got blessed (or cursed) "wiv de fluffies"!
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