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Old 07-17-2019, 03:48 PM
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I went through a closet upstairs in hopes of getting some things donated and reused somewhere else. I found and peeked at my cleaned and boxed wedding dress from 37 years ago Long sleeves,high neck,lots of lace. Lots of good memories with that dress. I'd like to see my dd or gd reuse it some day or donate it to an organization that makes burial clothing for newborn babies.


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Old 07-17-2019, 03:59 PM
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From which wedding?

I don't have my first one. I got married in a lovely lavender colored dress the second time around. I still have it and have worn it on occasion.
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Old 07-17-2019, 03:59 PM
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I have my wedding dress but I doubt it'll be worn again. I'd like to see it become a baptism gown or burial clothing, too.
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Old 07-17-2019, 03:59 PM
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When I got married in 1983, I couldnít see myself spending a chunk of money on an expensive wedding dress. Remember the Gunny Sax dresses? I found one in off-white, and a wonderful lady created a delight hat that went perfectly with it.

No, my daughters have absolutely no desire to use any part of the dress or hat. Not sure what Iíll do with it, not really good enough for the burial program.
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Old 07-17-2019, 03:59 PM
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I had it all the way up to two years ago. Then I had it made into a teddy bear. It is a beautiful bear using a lot of the sequins, lace, and satin.


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Old 07-17-2019, 04:02 PM
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I keep it in my cedar chest. I got it out a few months ago and tried it on my 10 year old granddaughter, just for fun. She had her clothes on underneath, but it practically fit her, except for the length. . 44 years this August.
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Old 07-17-2019, 04:07 PM
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i have mine (from 24--almost to the day--years ago). it's in a box (not the kind where a company pretends to box it and you never know and they sold it--there's a window.

oldest DS and fiance will get married in the next year or two, but i think she is at least 2 sizes too big for it--not sure it's really her style, either.

youngest DS won't get married for quite some time. (no prospects on the horizon--thank goodness!)

not sure why i'm saving it....other than it is gorgeous....and wasn't cheap.
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Old 07-17-2019, 04:13 PM
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Where did you get your dress made into a teddy bear. I really like that idea!
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Old 07-17-2019, 04:18 PM
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My Aunt Margaret took a fashion design course in Paris right after WW II, and she designed her wedding dress: slipper satin, sweetheart neckline, covered buttons and loops all the way down the back, drop waist, slightly raised hem in front and train...

After Margaret wore it, my mom and each of her two younger sisters wore it. Margaretís three daughters wore it, I wore it, my two sisters, my cousins Gayle and Kathy...we all wore that dress!

It was designed to be altered easily...and after the wedding the mother of the bride had to pick out all those stitches and steam press the gown so the stitches wouldnít show!

Iím not sure what happened to it after Kathy wore it. I remember some talk about making some fancy little pillows or sachets, but I donít think that ever happened. In any case, it is retired now, after a dozen weddings!
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Old 07-17-2019, 04:29 PM
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I had mine made into a Christening outfit for my son last year.


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Old 07-17-2019, 04:36 PM
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Yes..it is still in an acid free box, taped tightly closed. I have never opened it though I ask DDs on occasion if they want to see it. No takers

I had DDs for a while and finally told her to take it home.

Do we save them because they were so expensive ?
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Old 07-17-2019, 04:41 PM
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My wedding dress cost $29.99 back in the 70's and my daughter wore it as a Halloween costume when she was around 10. It disappeared after that, but I think I got my money's worth!
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Old 07-17-2019, 04:44 PM
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@lisa53, what a gorgeous dress and what a lovely story!

I still have my wedding suit from 1992--ivory with cut away lace lapels. It's a beautiful suit--a classic cut that will never go out of style but how often do you wear a white suit? How often do you wear a suit?

I've worn it a couple of times out to dinner but it's a little too big (yay!) and I have pretty dresses that I like better. I'm not sure what to do with it.
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Old 07-17-2019, 04:45 PM
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I do still have my wedding dress! Our 22nd anniversary is next week.
Last summer, I let my girls (4,9,14) dress up in it and take pictures. We got some pretty great ones that I hope they will want to display on their wedding days. I let my youngest use my tiara and veil as part of her Halloween costume last year. I think I've come to the point that it's better for her to use it and get enjoyment out of it rather than it collecting dust somewhere.
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Old 07-17-2019, 04:46 PM
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My current husband and I got married at the JP. My ex husband and I had a big wedding and fancy dress. I'm not sure what happened to it. I may have left it when we separated.
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Old 07-17-2019, 04:53 PM
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No no no
Dress was a reminder of a disaster
Only good thing that came from that time was my 2 wonderful kids.
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Old 07-17-2019, 04:56 PM
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I still have my wedding dress from 1986. I believe it cost $600 at the time. I got it cleaned, preserved and boxed. It sits on the very top shelf of my closet, likely never to be worn by anyone again!
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Old 07-17-2019, 04:57 PM
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Yes I do. But I donít know if I want to keep it after the divorce. Right now itís packed in the storage room of the rental.
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Old 07-17-2019, 05:06 PM
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I have mine from 1976. It cost $100 and $20 for the veil. I wore it every year on our anniversary through the 10th, then had it cleaned and boxed professionally. It's been in the closet ever since.
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I burned my first one.
Old 07-17-2019, 05:16 PM
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It was late on a hot summer night and I lived in a little farmhouse. I had found it while cleaning earlier in the day and thought I would just dispose of it. I don't know what motivated me but I took it into the front yard and lit it with a lighter.

It went up quickly and spectacularly! Matter of fact, huge sheets of it began to waft into the air (kind of like those lanterns) and go higher before fading out.

It was really meaningful for me to do that and I will never forget the beauty and feeling of release.
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Old 07-17-2019, 05:27 PM
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When cleaning out my Dadís house we found my dress worn 45 years ago, in a closet. Like Annaís it has a high neck, long sleeves and lots of lace. We also found my motherís dress, which fit me when I was about 12. They are both in my closet now!
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Old 07-17-2019, 05:32 PM
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I still have mine from my first marriage bc my sisters made it for me. One did the main sewing, the other two did the lace detailing. Sewn inside the bodice is a pic of our late mom. Her pic is my "something blue", since she's framed in an embroidered blue border.

My dress from my second (and final) marriage I bought on clearance for $30. I sold it on Cragislist for $75 and donated the money to charity.
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Old 07-17-2019, 05:38 PM
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I eloped, but bought a dress for the occasion. It was off the rack in some place like Maurice's (but don't remember the exact store- I do know I got it from Winrock Mall in Albuquerque ). I got an off-white lacy dress and an identical blue one for regular wear. I never wore the "wedding" dress again and I have no idea where it is. I was actually wondering about it the other day. I also don't know where the blue version is, either. I suspect in some moldy bag out in dh's VW van sitting on the reservation near his family's trailers.
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Old 07-17-2019, 05:40 PM
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Yes I still have,my dress. We eloped 24 years ago 6 weeks before dh deployed. It was a blue and white denim ginham dress with silver buttons down the front. He wore Dockers and his cowboy hat. Next year we are celebrating our 25th by renewing our vows and a trip to the Carribean. I am buying a wedding dress. I've already picked out a beachy flowing dress.
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Old 07-17-2019, 05:54 PM
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What a great story about the dress! Itís so meaningful when a special dress is graced by so many brides!

My motherís wedding dress cost $100, which was a lot of money for her parents, who were farmers, back in 1955. It was worn by two of my sisters, my sister in law, and a friend of the family. Finally, it fell apart this last year and my sister is making something with the fabric (I canít remember what.). My mother is pictured in the attached photo. (Although my dad died suddenly in 1968, my mother is still as active 84!)

My wedding dress cost $28 bucks on the clearance rack at JC Penneyís back in 1985, and itís still hanging in my closet. I was 20, my DH was 22 and we just had a small wedding. It workedó we have been together for 34 years
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Old 07-17-2019, 06:05 PM
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I found a picture that I will try to upload. Very mid 80’s with the puffy sleeves.
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Old 07-17-2019, 06:07 PM
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I bought a skirt and blouse on clearance for my wedding that was done quickly.

I still can't get rid of it. I can actually wear both, but never have. I wouldn't even offer it to my own kids, although truthfully, I doubt either one will ever marry (or at least not in the next decade!)

Still can't get rid of it.
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Old 07-17-2019, 06:26 PM
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I love seeing your pictures.

Donít laugh too loudly at the 1974 hippies. We were married in my parentsí house and I loved my dress. My mom and I got it at Saksóit was a gorgeous cream and ivory subtle stripe full-length shirt dress with a self-tie waist & long sleeves with beautiful cuffs and pearl buttons.

I donated it when DH passed away. Thanks for the sweet memory.
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Old 07-17-2019, 06:35 PM
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I donated mine to Angel Gowns. I had mine preserved and 25 years later donated them. Hereís a couple of pictures of the gowns they made. It warms my heart to see them. (I need to print the pictures.)
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Old 07-17-2019, 06:36 PM
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Hereís more of them.
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Old 07-17-2019, 06:37 PM
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When we sold our house, I wanted to get rid of mine. My daughter asked me to keep it so I did. So it sits in storage. I have no idea what she will ever do with it!
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Old 07-17-2019, 06:38 PM
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Yes, I still have my dress. My mom made my dress. Gunne Sax reminds me of the style. It was off-white with same color lace. 44 years ago and I wouldn't change a thing. We have really been blessed.
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Old 07-17-2019, 07:08 PM
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I made it and really like it, that was 47 years ago. I did a lot of sewing because I could never find clothes long enough so I altered the pattern. My mom was nervous about me getting it done in time so she made a muslin dress first. I was student teaching and wasn't home much but it was done in time and I loved it. I guess I've never thought about making something out of it but the teddy bear sounds cool.
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Old 07-17-2019, 07:13 PM
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I loved my dress. I especially loved my veil. I have the dress, veil, shoes, and jewelry. The dress and veil are professionally preserved in an ENORMOUS box in the hall closet. It may never get worn, and I'm not one to hold onto nostalgia, but I want to keep it.

I would've worn my mom's dress from the early 70's, but she was a size 0 with almost no bust. I'm the opposite.
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Old 07-17-2019, 07:33 PM
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Crazy4catz, they are gorgeous angel gowns. What a worthy cause.

Amiga, you look exactly the same as you did in 1974, just a shorter hairstyle!

Lisa- very cool story!

Linda- love that pic!!! It looks really good on her- you must have been so tiny!
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Old 07-17-2019, 07:41 PM
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The angel dresses are exquisite. I looked up an organization that makes the dresses like that around here but they don't need any wedding dresses right now. Maybe I will hang onto the dress awhile longer. I'd like to see something made from it.
I love all the photos and stories ! Thanks everyone for sharing.
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Old 07-17-2019, 07:43 PM
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Amiga, you look exactly the same as you did in 1974, just a shorter hairstyle!
DrGK, you’re now my PT best friend (especially since I had to write PoohBear off for disparaging my town).

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Old 07-17-2019, 07:58 PM
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My wedding ďdressĒ was a pair of jeans and a Liz Claiborne jacket. Both are out of style now, but I canít seem to part with them.
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Old 07-17-2019, 08:04 PM
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I bought my dress at an antique store in Yarmouth ME while at its annual Clam Festival. It's from about 1915. I loved it and still do, but don't know what to do with it. EBay?
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Old 07-17-2019, 08:29 PM
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My first wedding dress is in a closet at my momís house. Every time we are moving stuff around in there she reminds me of how stupid it was to get it preserved and that I should have known better than to marry him in the first place. I did like the dress. It was quite traditional, which isnít all that much like me. Perfect fit right off the rack, and only $250 because it was out of season.

My second dress is in the closet in our guest room, right beside DHís suit. It was considerably more expensive and needed alterations. It was short, which I loved. It was way more me than the first one.

2000 vs. 2016
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Old 07-17-2019, 08:32 PM
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When we were cleaning out DHís house to sell, we found three wedding dresses . . . none of which appeared to be the one that his late wife wore. It was her family home, so we are assuming they belonged to other family members. One SIL said none were hers.
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Old 07-17-2019, 08:39 PM
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A friend had her daughter's christening gown made from her wedding dress. Another friend makes ring bearer pillows out of wedding dresses.
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Old 07-17-2019, 09:08 PM
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I still have mine. We got married in 1980 so long sleeves and a high neck with lace all around it. My mom made my veil which I also still have. DS is getting married in January and his fiancť wanted to see my dress so I showed it to her.

I never had it professionally cleaned but it still looks great. I like the idea of donating it for the baby clothes.

I love seeing all the dresses and the history behind some of them!
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DrGK, youíre now my PT best friend (especially since I had to write PoohBear off for disparaging my town).


But I love PoohBear! I'm sure she didn't mean it.
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I loved my dress and so did both of my sisters. All 3 of us wore it. After the youngest got married we had 4 beautiful pillows made from it. One for each of us and one for my mom.
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Old 07-18-2019, 06:01 AM
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Yes, 35 years, in my attic in the box the cleaners put it in. Super 80's style. Doubt DD would want it. No idea what do to with it. Bought it for $99 at a bridal store sale. 1st dress I tried on.
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It was off the rack in some place like Maurice's (but don't remember the exact store- I do know I got it from Winrock Mall in Albuquerque )
GK, you would NOT recognize Winrock! For years, we called it "the dead mall," but they are rejuvenating. Made no sense why it was abandoned for so long. It is waay prettier than Coronado!

I still have my dress; no idea why. It was the '90s, so I wore a mermaid dress. It was altered and I never tried sitting down during the alterations. Yep, found out on my wedding day that I could NOT sit down in it. When it came time to throw the bouquet, I couldn't raise my arm high enough, so my sister unzipped the dress. She unzipped a bit too far though, and I ended up mooning every single person at my wedding. I guess she assumed I was wearing panties?
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crazy4catz, your remakes touch my heart. Thank you.
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Old 07-18-2019, 06:55 AM
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I did not have a justice of the peace wedding, but I chose not to wear a traditional wedding dress. I wore a lavender dress that looked more like a bridesmaids dress and cost $100 in 2006.

I wore it for my wedding reception which was two weeks after the actual ceremony, and I wore it for one of my costumes in a play I was in a year later. It is long gone now to goodwill. AT some point it didnít fit anymore because I gained weight. Now 13 years later, it would be too big because I lost a lot of weight.
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Gorgeous photos. Iíve enjoyed looking at every one. The angel dresses are magnificent. ( I had to guess what those were, but looked it up to check if I was right.) What a beautiful, generous act.
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Old 07-18-2019, 07:34 PM
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I guess she assumed I was wearing panties?


When I was living in NM, Winrock had just been remodeled and was beginning to thrive (early '90s). I'm guessing it died once again? I was curious, so I looked it up, and it looks like that was the case: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winrock_Town_Center interesting! And now it looks like a whole different place- wow!

I used to love those books by Lois Duncan. In one of the books, a character goes shopping at Winrock. I always thought that was cool that I shopped (occasionally) at the same place! I got my wedding rings from Winrock Mall, also!
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