Sweet ways to incorporate mom’s wedding dress into daughter’s ceremony

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While it’s a beautiful idea to have a daughter wear her mother’s wedding dress at her own wedding, it usually doesn’t work out that way. Even if you’ve preserved your dress, your daughter may not have the same tastes as you, and she may have had her heart set on a certain style for years. Your old wedding dress may be showing its age as well, or just not be suitable for one reason or another. A wonderful idea is to take a part of your old dress and incorporate it into the ceremony. It’s something that your guests may not even notice, but it’s a nice way to start a family tradition, make the grandmother of the bride happy, and it will serve very well as the bride’s “something old”.

Ways to say yes to mom’s dress

To start with, if your wedding dress had a bow or embellishment, you could remove it and add it to your daughter’s dress at the back or waist. Even a ribbon from the dress tied around her waist or in her hair would be a sentimental touch. You could make her garter out of a piece of lace from your dress. Your daughter could choose to wear your veil, or use your veil to create one of her own. A beautiful idea is to take a pretty part of the old dress with lots of detail on it, and wrap her wedding bouquet in it. This is especially cute if buttons or bows are showing. You can incorporate your wedding dress into your child’s ceremony by making a handkerchief out of a piece of the lace from your dress or veil that your daughter can tuck away in her dress. If you are the mother of the groom, your son could put this in his pocket.

Everything old can be new again

If your dress no longer exists, a lovely idea is to have her “something old” be the necklace or earrings that you wore to your own ceremony. You could also frame photos of yourself and the mother of the groom in your wedding dresses and display them at the reception. Get creative and have fun! Incorporating your wedding dress into your daughter’s ceremony could become a new and wonderful family tradition.

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