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Something Old, Something New: Creative Ideas for Family Heirlooms

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Including family heirlooms in your wedding can be a wonderful way to connect your family history with that of your spouse. It can help family and friends on both sides learn more about you as a couple as well.

It can also be a loving way to remember family members who are no longer with you, or who are not able to attend your wedding.

Consider these ideas to include your heirlooms in your wedding:

Dresses on display

Each bride’s dress is precious to her, and some families love the tradition of passing a dress from mother to daughter. But if your mom’s dress style or size doesn’t match your own, don’t despair. There are other ways you can include her dress in your wedding without actually wearing it.

One option is to use dress forms to display your mother’s dress along the path you will walk or at your reception. You might also include your mother-in-law’s dress or any other family heirlooms you have access to such as items that belong to your sisters or grandmothers.


Consider using pieces of lace from a family heirloom dress as accents to your own style. Try wrapping lace around the flower stems in your bouquet, or have the florist spin strips of lace into rose buds to include in your bouquet.

You might also carry a piece of lace or have a small piece inserted into a locket or other necklace to wear on your special day. Bits of lace can also be made into a beautiful garter or added to a cake topper for your reception.


Think about pairing mom’s pearls with your own for a special memory or entwine them in your bouquet.

A family brooch can be worn at your waist or in your hair as part of your veil. Or gather brooches from family and friends and create a glittering bouquet, in addition to or instead of flowers.

Your days of playing dress-up may be past, but it’s never too late to ask your grandmother if you can borrow a favorite ring or other piece of jewelry to wear at your wedding.

And don’t forget about heirlooms from your father or grandfather.

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