Sadly, few things about a wedding are known for being affordable. Even the bridal outfit can set you back tremendously. With many wedding gowns costing well into the thousands, it can be quite a challenge to find the balance between selecting the bridal look of your dreams and spending wisely.
However, there are some things that are both free and incredibly valuable. Family heirlooms are the symbols of the generations of family that have come before you. From generation to generation, these heirlooms are lovingly passed down to be treasured by a new member of the family.
When it comes to weddings, incorporating family heirlooms into such an important day is a way of paying tribute to the family members who are no longer around to see the wedding. One of the most treasured ways to incorporate a family heirloom into your wedding is to wear something that a female family member wore on her wedding day years ago.
One of the easiest ways to incorporate a family heirloom into a wedding outfit is to wear a piece of jewelry that has been passed down over the years. An understated pair of earrings or a pendant necklace will pair well with any style of modern bridal fashion.
If you want to wear a piece of jewelry owned by a relative but the style of the piece just doesn’t go with your outfit, take it to a jeweler. A skilled and experienced jeweler can modify a piece of jewelry and give it a more modern feel to go with the rest of your look.
2. The Veil
Wedding veils are a surprisingly large expense, often costing several hundred dollars. If there is a bridal veil that has been passed down over several generations, consider using it to complete your wedding look. Unlike wedding dresses, bridal veils have remained relatively simple in style for decades. Even better, bridal veils don’t have to be altered in order to fit properly on your head.
If the bridal veil that you receive as a family heirloom has some details that make it look dated, take it to a seamstress to have it updated.
3. The Dress
Like all fashion, wedding dress styles have varied tremendously over the past few centuries. Wedding dresses tend to follow the trends of the time period in which they are made. However, some brides may luck out and discover that their grandmother’s wedding dress is still very much in style today.
Other women may choose to alter a gown that has been passed down to them. A skilled seamstress can make minor adjustments that preserve the integrity of the dress while bringing it up to date
Incorporating a family heirloom into your wedding outfit is an incredibly meaningful way to honor a family member. With some creativity and a good seamstress or jeweler, the possibilities are endless.