memento |məˈmenˌtō| noun ( pl. -tos or -toes)an object kept as a reminder or souvenir of a person or event
A wedding is a big deal. There is so much thought and emotion involved in all the large and little details leading up to and occurring on that day. Weddings make us think about the people we love in our lives, some who are still with us and some who are gone.
One way to honour someone on your wedding day is to add a memento or heirloom to your wedding dress! I’ve been asked to do this in a few creative ways and so I’m sharing here a list of some of the ways you can incorporate jewelry or fabric into your ensemble.
JEWELRY – Wearing heirloom jewelry on your wedding day is a no-brainer. Whether it’s earrings or a necklace etc. But maybe it doesn’t go with your dress? Or your vision for your look that day. Adding pieces of jewelry directly onto your dress is a great way to have it all.
Adding an antique brooch is a simple way to add some glitz to your gown. If you are a traditional gal it’s also a great way to add your something old!
A pearl necklace can be taken apart and sewn directly onto the dress as a pretty embellishment.
FABRIC – You can do so many creative things when it comes to adding fabric to your dress. Incorporate trim or lace from your mom or grandmothers gown into details on your own dress or have a handkerchief or another piece of fabric stitched into the lining of your dress or right on the outside.
If someone is really set on you wearing their dress on your wedding day but it really isn’t your thing you could have part of it made into an accessory instead like a garter or these lace fingerless gloves!
Have some special dates embroidered into the hem of your dress. Use blue thread and you also have your something blue!
And last but not least have some fabric roses made and fashioned into a belt. Or a bit of vintage velvet is very pretty too!
I loved everything about making Katie’s wedding gown. The design of her dream dress was so graceful and elegant from the halter style neck to the small train trailing in the back. So perfect for a beach wedding!
I started with a muslin fitting for Katie’s gown so we could get the drop waist in the back just right and adjust the the length of the train. When you are having a dress custom designed your seamstress will usually make the dress out of a cotton “practice” fabric called muslin in order to make all the necessary changes to the pattern before cutting into the actual dress fabric.
Working with Cathy on her wedding dress was such a pleasure. Cathy wanted to wear her mother’s wedding dress on her big day but needed to give it a bit of a modern twist! What a great idea!
Here is the before dress. Beautiful lace but the full sleeves and shoulders had to go for Cathy’s vision of what her dress needed to look like!
Here’s Cathy showing her mom the dress! She didn’t even recognize it!
If you’ve inherited your mom’s or your grandmother’s dress why not consider wearing it on your big day? The possibilities are endless! Having a vintage dress revamped or remade is such a personal and dear way of breathing new life into a family heirloom. It also reduces the number of beautiful gowns going to rags in closets and second-hand stores!
I had the immense pleasure of creating Catherine’s gorgeous and original wedding gown for her special day in August 2015.
Catherine knew she didn’t want to go through the stress of shopping for and trying to fit the dresses available in the shops and decided that having her dress custom made was the way to go.
She knew the style of dress that she wanted, bringing me a photo of a dress from a magazine that had a unique layered skirt with a pointed hem! So fun!
Every woman knows her body and Catherine was no exception! Together we designed her dress to accentuate the parts of her body she loved and downplay the parts she doesn’t so she could feel her most beautiful on her big day. She even added a little extra bling here and there and a family momento – the butterfly broach at centre waist. So pretty.