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The Amazing Vintage Wedding Dress

Updated on July 5, 2015

The Beauty of Marriage

Getting married is one the most important events in a woman’s life.

Weddings are held all over the world in a grand scale but the ceremonies and the dress worn by the brides may differ from country to country.


History Of The Vintage Wedding Dresses

The vintage wedding dress is one popular type of wedding dress worn by brides in some parts of the world.

The vintage wedding dress is mainly chosen for its classical look.

Vintage wedding gowns have been worn by women as far back as the 1800’s.

Brides wore wedding dresses in different colors and it was only after Queen Victoria's wedding (1840) white became a popular color.

The Queen wore white on her wedding day which paved the way for brides to choose the same color for their wedding gown.

Wedding Dresses: How to Find a Vintage Wedding Dress

Materials Used In Making The Vintage Wedding Dress

It was customary to make the wedding gown with different fabrics.

For example satin was used to make the entire top part (extending from the shoulder to the waist and hips) of the dress.

Lace was used to decorate the front part of the gown whereas for the sleeves chiffon, silk and lace were commonly used.

The sleeves were sewn in a way which gave it a bulgy look and lace was used for the cuffs.


Design Of Vintage Wedding Dress

Vintage wedding dresses were either short sleeved or long sleeved with V necks or high collars.

The dress was worn with a tulle veil and the court train.

It wasn't uncommon for a woman to wear her wedding dress to different functions and outings.

This was possible since the court train could be removed and the dress worn separately.

Tips For Buying A Vintage Dress

Vintage wedding dresses can be purchased online, from stores which sell antique wedding clothing or can be sewn depending on the bride’s preference.

When buying a vintage wedding dress one should keep the following in mind:

  • Do some research on the types of vintage wedding dresses made. There are some amazing vintage wedding dresses which were designed between the 1920’s and 1990’s. You can find such designs on the Sammy Davis Vintage website.
  • It is best not to buy dresses which are stained and need a lot of mending. Trying to get out stains which have been on the garment for many years is not an easy thing to do. Mending the dress too can be a tedious job since you might not be able to find matching fabric and buttons needed to fix the dress.
  • Make sure the vintage wedding dress you choose is the correct size for you. Most women in the vintage period had a smaller body frame than women of this era. Women also wore a corset with their vintage wedding dress to get a better fit. So keep this in mind when you go shopping for your dress.


Tips When Sewing A Vintage Dress

Some brides-to-be prefer to have their vintage wedding dress professionally sewn.

Below are some tips to follow if you plan to have your vintage wedding dress sewn by a qualified seamstress.

  • Choose the design of your vintage wedding dress. You can find such designs online or in books and magazines depicting vintage wedding dresses.
  • Choose a professional seamstress. Make sure she has experience in sewing wedding dresses and can provide references to prove so.
  • Choose the fabric and color. White is the most common color of fabric used but ‘pale gold, scarlet and sky blue colors’ are a few colors recommended for vintage wedding dresses by the Wardrobe Shop.


Tips In Caring For Your Vintage Dress

Wet cleaning or dry cleaning is the two processes used to clean a vintage wedding dress.

It’s recommended to store the vintage wedding dress in a box to prevent it from getting damaged and to be able to preserve it for many years.

© 2011 Suranee Perera


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      Suranee Perera 5 years ago from Kandy, Sri Lanka

      Yes, it does seem that way Missioneventsaz :) Thank you for visiting and welcome to hubpages :)

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      missioneventsaz 5 years ago from Arizona

      Although they have never really gone out of style, vintage dresses seem to be gaining in popularity as more brides want weddings with an intimate and unique feel.

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      Suranee Perera 5 years ago from Kandy, Sri Lanka

      Thank you Sashcouture for the additional information and for stopping by.

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      sashcouture 5 years ago from Portland, ME

      Vintage Wedding Dresses are so feminine and beautiful. You can almost do anything, the best examples are wedding dresses in edwardian and victorian style, 20's and 30's era. So beautiful. Most of the dresses are made out of French lace (Alencon, Chantille, re-embroidered tulle and more). The elegant dress has mostly a fitted (but not tight) bodice and the skirt is a wide aline with a beautiful train.

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      Suranee Perera 5 years ago from Kandy, Sri Lanka

      I agree, vintage wedding dressings will not go out of style for there will always be a bride who chooses to wear it on her wedding day. I personally like the designs and different types of lace used in creating the wedding gowns. Thank you for stopping by Tatiana Porembova.

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      Suranee Perera 6 years ago from Kandy, Sri Lanka

      Yes, they are quite beautiful Prettynutjob30. Thank you so much for visiting.

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      Mary 6 years ago from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet.

      Beautiful choice of dresses,and veils.