Dressing the Crew: The Mamas

Now that the wedding party was officially and properly clothed, it was time for the mamas to make their dress decisions!

First and foremost, I want both my and Mr. Plane’s moms to feel comfortable and beautiful on the day of the wedding. They both know how to dress themselves, and I was not about to dictate color, style, or designer. Well, OK, maybe I dictated color a little bit—because we have so many different shades of gray in the bridal party, I asked that they just not pick a gray (or a white!) dress.

FMIL Plane went to work early and tried on a few different styles before settling on a light purple tea-length dress with a tiered skirt and a blingy belt.


Dress from Younkers, no longer available online / Personal photo

Mama Plane took a little bit longer to find exactly what she wanted. In fact, she bought four different dresses before she found this one in a resale store! It comes with a sheer wrap that she is considering making into sleeves for the ceremony.


Dress by Jordan Fashions, no longer available online / Personal photo

Although we didn’t plan it, both mothers ended up with purple dresses! I personally think they are very complementary to each other and will look great in photos.

Throughout her dress search, one thing Mama Plane knew she would definitely not be wearing is her own wedding dress—not only because she would never wear white to a wedding as a guest, but also because she had previously bestowed the dress upon me for a “something borrowed” part of my own wedding.


Personal photo

Mama and Papa Plane have been married for almost 30 years, and I feel like using her wedding dress in my own wedding would not only honor that union, but would also hopefully have the same effect of a long and happy marriage for Mr. Plane and me.

While the dress is not exactly a style I would wear as-is, there are plenty of options as to what might become of Mama Plane’s wedding dress.


Closeup of the lace “bib” on the front of the dress / Personal photo

Some of the options I am considering include: using a sleeve to wrap my bouquet, hemming the lace into the neckline of my dress, getting hankies made for parent gifts, or using the fabric to make a ring pillow.

One thing I know for sure is that Mama Plane doesn’t mind what I do with the dress, or whether I use it at all. Being the super-sentimental person that she is (OK, maybe not in this case), she said that if I didn’t use her dress, it would go to Goodwill, where it would likely end up as a Bride of Frankenstein Halloween costume! I absolutely can’t let that happen to my mom’s wedding dress, so I need your help!

How do you think I should use Mama Plane’s dress on my wedding day?


Mrs. Airplane

Plymouth, Michigan
Wedding Date:
September 2013
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Gallery of the Day: July 30, 2013
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    colorofmyheart 2831 posts, Sugar bee @ 8:33 am

    the mamas look so pretty!

    as for mama plane’s dress- could you take some of the lace and wrap it around your bouquet? that’s what i’m planning to do with some lace from my grandmother’s dress.

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    lh526 565 posts, Busy bee @ 8:38 am

    I have seen brides use their mom’s dresses to make tablecloths for the wedding cake table! So pretty!

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    camel 703 posts, Busy bee @ 8:55 am

    I wrapped my bouquet with lace from my mother’s wedding dress. It was the perfect way to commemorate my mother and the union that resulted in me (even if it did end in divorced).

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    Mrs. Waterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:15 am

    If Mama Plane likes her straps, she should just tie her wrap into cap sleeves for the ceremony, and rock the dress as is for the reception! No sewing required, that’s what mami Waterfall did!
    About the wedding dress, I liked all of those ideas, especially the hankies, but if you’re looking for something different, maybe you could sew your garter out of the lace, you could also sew a patch of her dress into yours! You could even dye it blue and embroider it to make it stand out. I dunno, it makes for cute pictures 🙂

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    Choreographer82 145 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:42 am

    I wrapped my bouquet with fabric from both my mom’s wedding dress and my MIL’s wedding dress and it was such a sweet and sentimental touch. (Plus, it looked super pretty!)

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    cateyes 549 posts, Busy bee @ 10:18 am

    have it altered into a shorter, sleeveless dress and wear it for your rehearsal dinner or leaving the reception? then you could either 1) dye it afterward and wear it again or 2) uh…wear it again without dying it? if you shortened it, you’d still have some fabric from the bottom for using on your bouquet or something like that.

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    Mrs. Palm Tree 1122 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:52 pm

    I like the bouquet idea but I also like the pillow for the ring bearer idea because the pillow could be preserved and passed down to yet another generation. This way, a piece of you + a piece of Mama Plane lives on, you know?

    I’m a softie.

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    gondola 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:18 am

    I love that both FMILs have purple dresses. I can’t wait to see if you use your mothers dress.

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    Renee, Guest @ 2:17 pm

    I’m the alterations manager for a bridal shop and we encounter this type of thing all the time. If you don’t want to incorporate her dress into your wedding “look” that day, you could always have a piece of it sewn into the inside of your gown. At the shop where I work, we often embroider a piece of fabric from a sentimental garment with the wedding date or something else personal. We use blue thread when embroidering so it can often double not only as a “something old” but also as a “something blue.”

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    Mrs. Rubber Stamps 821 posts, Busy bee @ 9:31 am

    Both Mama Plane and FMIL Plane look great. Love that they coordinate in purple!

    Good luck on deciding what to do with your Mom’s dress.

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