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December 1, 2012

How to use Mom's dress in wedding but not wear it

I’m not wearing my mother’s wedding dress, but I would still like to include it in my wedding somehow. What are some creative ways to use it?

There are so many ways to incorporate your mother’s wedding dress beyond wearing the gown yourself.

If you want to bring an element of her dress into your wedding day attire, consider having a hairpiece or birdcage veil made from the lace or tulle from her dress, or have a seamstress sew a piece of her gown into part of your dress.

Another way to go is to weave her dress into your decor. You could do it literally, by taking fabric from her gown and using it to wrap your bouquet. Or use part of the dress to decorate a ceremonial arch or huppah.

Carley Roney, co-founder and editor in chief of The Knot, the nation’s leading wedding resource, advises millions of brides on modern wedding etiquette at www.theknot.com. Got more questions? Visit www.theknot.com/askcarley for 800-plus answers on all things wedding.)

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