We all have dreams of seeing our daughters using our wedding dress for their own wedding, but the reality is that it rarely happens. We may not be lucky enough to have a daughter for one! If we do they may look at our ‘style’ with a wry smile, yes I was married in the late 1970’s! Some of those puffy frilly Bo-peep dresses of the 1980's just don’t fit the ‘princess for a day’ currently in vogue.
We hang our magical memory in the wardrobe where it takes up space for today’s outfits and is an annoyance to our partners and their own ever increasing volume of clothes– yes men have changed too but that’s for another blog! The attic is another possibility, but will the dress survive the threat of mildew? More importantly who will see it hidden in a box in the dark?
So what do you do with that amazing dress that evokes a flood of happiness? I was recently commissioned to make a lingerie case and baby first shoe bag from a wedding dress, which quite frankly had seen a jolly good time on ‘the’ day - so good that dry cleaning couldn’t sort out the various marks and stains, despite several attempts.
I designed the lingerie case to reflect the original dress and used as many of the embellishments as I could. I made a record of the dress photographically with close ups of the detail with you don’t see in wedding photographs, for the owner to keep.
Now she has two beautiful heirlooms to pass on, complete with a Vee Pretty ‘passport’ which tells the story of her commission, provenance if you like for years to come as these are hand down the generations.
A meaningful act of loving and belonging from mother to daughter creating useful and practical items and saving a memory from the depths of the wardrobe. And if we don’t have daughters we may well have granddaughters who would just adore a keepsake of Grandmother’s wedding dress!