Tomorrow is my wedding anniversary. 36yrs. Whew, a long time for someone to put up with me! I was thinking about all those wedding dress reality shows. I just shake my head when they mention the budget some of the woman have for the dress. $5,000, $10,000 and up?! Heck, my first car I bought off the lot only cost $3,800, and it lasted a lot longer than most marriages! What made my wedding dress so special was the fact that my Mom made it for me. We went and I tried on different styles, and then she made a pattern of what I liked. An a-line with lace and hand beading. I loved it! It may have lost a bit of it's shine today, but I still think it's just beautiful. The style in 1974 was a bit more modest than the ones today. I don't think I would have been allowed to wear a strapless number in the Church back then. Having all boys, the dress will probably never be worn again, but it will wait softly in storage, reminding me of all the love and time that was put in it by my wonderful Mom! When Jack saw me taking pics of it he asked if I was going to try it on. Smart ---! Well, I love ya anyway honey, and I'm glad you still love me even though I'm not the same size I was back then..see how your investment has grown?? Here's to another 36yrs! (I think Jack just fainted!)
Mom not only did the dress, but the head piece and also all the bridesmaids and the flower girl's dresses. I think my Sis helped with those. Sewing was never something I wanted to do. My sister is a fab seamstress.
Two years later my Sister asked my Mom to make her dress. She wanted her to crochet it. I thought she was crazy because the wedding was in July. All I could think of was heavy crocheted scarves! Well, I was wrong. It was beautiful. The thread was very fine and it took special needles that my Dad made for Mom to use. Neither of my Sister's daughters wore that dress, but her oldest did wear it for a vintage fashion show. Both our dresses mean much more to us than if we had bought one at the store. It's something we both cherish to this day.