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7 Ways to Include Mom (Or Grandma’s!) Dress on Your Day

Shopping for a wedding dress is like an event of its own. Brides deserve to gather their trusted entourage and pop the bubbly as they search for their perfect bridal look. Today it’s all about finding a dress that’s true to your personal style – but that often leaves one lovely, sentimental option untouched. What about Mom’s wedding gown? Thankfully there are options for brides hoping to honor Mom or Grandma – while still staying true to her own style. The experts in wedding dress redesign at Unbox the Dress are here to help with 7 stunning ways to include a family wedding dress on the big day!

1. Wrap Up in Love – Bespoke Bridal Robes

bride in robe

Brides can wrap up on their wedding day morning in a bridal robe made completely from Mom’s dress. Complete with stunning lace details, this design is perfect for perfect, sentimental getting-ready photos – and is something that can be kept and cherished for a lifetime.

2. Carry the Dress Down the Aisle with You

Carry a piece of Mom down the aisle with you, with a customized veil trimmed with the original lace from her dress. With customizable lengths and shades of tulle, brides can make sure the final design is the perfect finishing touch for their look. Not planning on wearing a veil? A bouquet wrap is a perfect way to add a sentimental touch to your bridal bouquet!

3. Add Some Decor to the Venue or Your Sweetheart Table

table runner made from mother's wedding dress

Transform Mom or Grandma’s original fabric and lace into a cake skirt or Table Runner perfect for adding a sentimental touch to your wedding decor. Place it on your dessert table, sweetheart table, memory table, or under your guest book – and keep the sentimental piece after the wedding!

4. To Have & To Hold

clutch made from mother's wedding dress

You’ll probably want to carry a few emergency items on the wedding day, so why not make the bag lovely & worthy of the day? Clutches made from Mom’s dress can hold those essentials like lipstick, oil blotting wipes, some band-aids, and a perfume roller.

5. Dress the Little Ones Walking Down the Aisle in Style

If the little one tossing the flower petals down the aisle or carrying the ring bearer pillow is a member of the family, you can consider having a flower girl dress or vest made for your crew!  These are great items to continue to pass down to all the new babies and children in the family. The ring bearer pillow can also be made from mom or grandma’s dress in multiple sizes!

6. Remember the Guys

Don’t forget about the men in the family or the future hubby! They will definitely appreciate a handmade pocket square or bowtie. A touch of lace on the pocket square could set the groom apart from his bridal party – or a custom monogram might be the perfect option!

7. Get Something to Catch all the Happy Tears

women's monogrammed handkerchief made from redesigned wedding dress

Without fail, there will be tears of joy on the big day. Women’s hankies made from a family dress are the perfect accessory for the MOB and the Bride to slip into a pocket or clutch. Beautifully embellished with lace, they will hold all the happy memories of the wedding day for years to come!

Interested in many of these ideas? The great news is that you can usually create many of these items from the same dress! Take the quiz to get an estimate of how much fabric and embellishments you have, mix and match from available design options to create your custom order.

The Green Choice for 2021 Brides

One of the biggest trends for 2021 brides? After the big day, many brides are making the sustainable, sentimental choice to turn their own wedding dress into a one-of-a-kind design to enjoy for years to come.

The Unbox the Dress team developed the Anniversary Collection with designs perfect for creating from modern dresses of any style or shape. We love the idea of making a luxe nightgown or anniversary top, to wear each year on your anniversary – with enough fabric leftover to make something from the Baby Collection if you decide to start a family.

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