How to Use Your Mom’s Wedding Dress, Without Wearing It

A close-up of an heirloom lace wedding dress.

You might love your mom’s wedding dress—but you also might not be sure if you want to actually wear it on your big day. No problem! You can still honor your mom and remain close to her on your wedding without wearing her whole dress. There are a number of things you can do to repurpose her gown or veil that will not only match your bridal style and personality, but commemorate her legacy. This way, you can begin a new tradition that blends both of your wedding gowns. Read on for the best ways to use your mom’s wedding dress, without having to wear it.

1. Create a Vintage Garter from It

You can use a sample of your mother’s wedding gown and have it made into a lovely vintage-like garter that you could later pass down as an heirloom tradition.

2. Fashion it as the Flower Girl’s Dress

A flower girl wearing a flower crown.

While you might not want to wear your mother’s wedding dress on your big day, that doesn’t mean it can’t actually be worn by anyone else! Have the dress customized to fit your flower girl. If you can’t create an entirely new dress from the material, you can fashion it as a skirt! Not only is this a way to incorporate the dress into the wedding, but it will also help symbolize the past, present, and future generations of your family. You might even want to turn the new-and-improved flower girl dress into a tradition down the line and pass it along to future flower girls in your family.

3. Wrap Your Bouquet with a Piece of It

Brides often wrap the stems of their bouquets with a piece of fabric anyway, so why not make it sentimental? Use a piece of your mom’s wedding dress or even veil (lace would be a nice touch) and use it to decorate your bouquet. Ask your floral designer for any tips and advice to make it look as beautiful as can be.

4. Create a Sentimental Handkerchief with It

An embroidered handkerchief wrapped around a bridal bouquet.

Weddings are known to ignite tears, so you’ll definitely need something to help keep them at bay, or at least keep your makeup from running. Creating an old fashioned handkerchief from your mom’s dress is another wonderful way to use the gown as something both beautiful and functional.

5. Sew a Patch into Your Dress

Embroidered patches on the underside of wedding dresses are a popular touch, made special by using a piece of your mom’s dress. Customize it with the date of both your and your mom’s wedding, if you’d like!

6. Use it as the Ring Bearer’s Cushion

A ring bearer at a wedding holding a small cushion with the rings on it.

Another crafty way to use your mom’s wedding gown is to sew parts of it to create a cushion for the ring bearer. You can also make this a family tradition by passing the ring cushion along in the years to come.

7. Turn it into a Bridal Purse or Clutch

Every bride needs a great clutch or small handbag to hold her essentials on the wedding day. Why not use the material or lace from your mother’s gown and turn it into your bridal purse? Some artisans might be able to craft the entire clutch from the material of the dress, or they might decorate a purse with bits of lace from it. Or, they might even be able to create the inside lining of the purse from your mom’s dress. It’s really up to you!

As the list above proves, there are plenty of wonderful ways that you can use your mother’s wedding dress in your wedding without having to wear it yourself. Her legacy will live on within your new one!

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