Wedding Dresses: Not Your Granny's Gown
One bride-to-be is torn when she’s asked to wear her fiancé’s great-grandmother’s gown — which she absolutely hates
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Planning a wedding brings so much joy to friends and family. After all, who can forget the delightful memory of helping a bride choose her wedding gown? Unfortunately, stress and tension can lead to hurt feelings and wounds that may never heal. It’s the bride’s job to try really hard not to have her wedding planning include these unhappy unfortunate occurrences.
A bride asks: “My fiancé and his family would like me to wear his great-grandmother’s wedding dress from the ’20s. It’s become a family tradition for every generation of brides to wear it. I find it dated, of course, but also very unflattering to my figure. I would really hate to have to wear it, but whenever I bring it up in conversation with my husband-to-be or his family, they get hysterical and tell me that they cannot fathom why I’d even consider breaking a family tradition. I’m at my wit’s end. I don’t want to wear the dress, but I also don’t want to alienate everyone. What can I do?”