Wearing vintage jewelry as “something old” or “something borrowed” creates a unique look for the bride and brings a piece of history to the ceremony. Whether it’s your grandmother’s necklace or your mother’s earrings, the heirloom gives you and your family a sense of continuity at the wedding celebration.
Styles of wedding gowns have changed through the decades. Nearly a century ago, wedding gowns were short. Depending on the style, women might wear their gown for other occasions for many years. Two vintage ivory-colored gowns, in delicate condition, are shown.
A well-preserved wedding gown may be in first-rate condition, but may not fit the one who wants to wear it. Wedding dress designer Amanda Vernell, Twice Blushed, in Seattle, reconstructs previously worn wedding gowns into modern masterpieces. She also remakes vintage gowns.
Using previously worn clothing or jewelry is an eco-friendly choice; the item is used multiple times. It’s also easy on your budget.
For the “something blue,” consider a blue handkerchief to carry with you or cobalt blue vases for floral centerpieces at your reception.
Bringing vintage décor into your wedding and reception is often an affordable way to decorate. For the “something borrowed” piece, look through your relatives’ garages, basements and attics for vintage pieces to bring the past into the present.
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