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How To Make Your Heirloom Wedding Dress Uniquely Yours

Dec 1st

Planning to incorporate an heirloom wedding dress into your big day? You can still stick with tradition while making the dress uniquely yours!

At Janice Martin Couture, we love redesigning heirloom gowns for new brides. However, if your dream doesn’t involve you actually wearing the dress, there are other options available to you to incorporate an heirloom wedding dress into your design.

Consider using one of the dress’ accents or accessories to create a new piece just for you! For instance, this beaded and ruffled sleeve from an heirloom bolero was the perfect foundation for creating a clutch purse for the bride to stow her belongings in on her wedding day:

An heirloom wedding dress bridal bolero used in the creation of a bridal clutch.

A detail of the beaded lace of an heirloom wedding dress accessory

This clutch was created from the sleeve detail of an heirloom wedding dress bolero jacket.

Heirloom gowns are not limited use during the wedding ceremony. If you have chosen a new gown for the big day, you can have an heirloom wedding dress redesigned appropriately for the reception, rehearsal dinner, or even your wedding shower! Many brides choose to do exactly that, often opting for shorter renditions of their mother’s wedding dresses:

Molly wears her mother's redesigned heirloom wedding dress.

In the studio, a bride's veil is recreated from heirloom wedding dress fabric.

There are many sentimental occasions other than weddings which are perfect for repurposing a gown.

Many brides are now choosing to have their own dresses made into their children’s Baptismal gowns and First Holy Communion dresses. No matter the original gown’s style, there are sure to be details that will translate well into your child’s dress.

We love this image of a baby’s Christening gown, which was made out of the baby’s mother’s wedding dress by using part of its sheer train with an intricate beaded border.One of the gowns pictured was made out of the the baby’s mother’s wedding dress using part of its sheer train with an intricate beaded border and lace accents:

A baby wears a Christening gown created from her mother's heirloom wedding dress

Now that you’ve seen a few examples, there’s just one question left to answer: What will you have Janice Martin Couture turn your wedding dress into?

Heirloom wedding dress transformations include updated gowns, Christening & Communion gowns, accessories and veils.
Heirloom wedding dress transformations include updated gowns, Christening & Communion gowns, accessories and veils.
Heirloom wedding dress transformations include updated gowns, Christening & Communion gowns, accessories and veils.
Heirloom wedding dress transformations include updated gowns, Christening & Communion gowns, accessories and veils.
Heirloom wedding dress transformations include updated gowns, Christening & Communion gowns, accessories and veils.
Heirloom wedding dress transformations include updated gowns, Christening & Communion gowns, accessories and veils.
Heirloom wedding dress transformations include updated gowns, Christening & Communion gowns, accessories and veils.
Heirloom wedding dress transformations include updated gowns, Christening & Communion gowns, accessories and veils.
Heirloom wedding dress transformations include updated gowns, Christening & Communion gowns, accessories and veils.

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Heirloom wedding dress transformations include updated gowns, Christening & Communion gowns, accessories and veils.

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