In my last post, I mentioned how my mother butchered her wedding dress along with my grandmother’s in order to create something very special for my wedding day. Patches of both dresses were sewn into my dress, but that was just the tip of the iceberg!
We also made a sentimental ring bearer pillow that is soon to be a family heirloom. A small, regular pillow was made using satin from my grandmother’s dress, and then the lace and pearls from my mother’s dress were used on top. Here you can see a photo of it along with the “fake” rings. (Side note, if you have fake rings on your ring bearer pillow, tell your photographer so they don’t waste time taking artful shots of them. I have lots of pics of these that I don’t need. Haha!)
Wedding dresses consist of lots and lots of fabric and embellishments. If a family member has an outdated, but sentimental wedding dress that they are willing to part with, consider turning it into something else in order to showcase it on your wedding day. Don’t forget to ask other family members first just in case a sister or cousin has their heart set on wearing it (remember that scene from 27 Dresses? Yes, I knew you would!) and/or to save unused fabric from the dress for others who may want a sentimental piece. If you don’t have a family dress in which to do this, but you still want to try your hand at making something special, check out your local thrift stores for used wedding dresses that you can cut up!
Another idea is to use a Christening gown or other baby clothes from your childhood to create your ring bearer pillow. Actually, in the olden days and even sometimes today, Christening gowns were made from old wedding gowns, so if that is the case for you, this would totally bring it full circle. Here is another shot of all my wedding ceremony ‘props’ including the pillow:
Now I’ve gone over the sentimental part, but let me go over the practical part about this project. My ring bearer pillow was essentially free. All the materials were things I already had (with the exception of the stuffing inside the pillow), and unless you feel the need to go out and purchase a fancy sewing machine, you can come out of this project spending significantly less than the cost of a prefab ring bearer’s pillow from the bridal shop. I was lucky enough to have some crafty ladies in my life to help me with this, but you could sew a not-too-fancy pillow yourself without significant sewing skills. The end result is priceless!