These Brides Transformed Their Mothers’ Wedding Dresses Into Modern Marvels

Wedding dresses can be super expensive. Even if you chose not to buy a designer dress, most wedding dresses cost well over a thousand dollars. That’s a lot of money to spend on a dress that you’re only going to wear once.

It’s a lot more cost-effective, sentimental, and environmentally friendly to repurpose a dress that you already have— like your mother’s wedding dress for instance. That’s exactly what all of the brides on this list decided to do.

Goodbye Sleeves!

This dress was stunning back in its day, but full lace sleeves and puffy shoulders are a bit outdated.

old wedding dress with sleeves removed
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sunshinediarhea / Reddit

This bride removed the sleeves from her mom’s wedding dress to create her perfect wedding look.

No Alterations Needed

Sometimes mom’s dress is perfect just the way it is.

wearing mom's wedding dress
PammyFromShirtTales / Reddit
PammyFromShirtTales / Reddit

You don’t need to make any major alterations and you can just walk down the aisle in a dress that was passed down through the generations.

Getting Married On The Beach

This dress looked a lot different back in the day when this bride’s bother wore it. Mom chose to pair it with a brimmed hat and a yellow bouquet.

beach wedding dress
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mcquilllana / Reddit

These two definitely look related, though.

An Off-The-Shoulder Look

The puffy lace sleeves on this dress were a little too ’80s for this bride’s liking.

off the shoulder dress transformation
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sundaisy825 / Reddit

She decided to remove the sleeves and go for an off-the-shoulder look.

Then And Now

We couldn’t even tell that we were looking at the same dress in both of these photos. So much about it has changed.

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cant_u_c / Reddit

We think that it looks like a completely new gown.

A Few Minor Alterations

Not much changed about this dress. This bride decided to lower the waistline and make the sleeves sit more squarely on her shoulders.

mom's wedding dress transformation
lizkisi / Reddit
lizkisi / Reddit

Other than that, the dress looks pretty similar to how it looked when her mom wore it.

Bare Shoulders

This bride looks just as gorgeous as her mom did when she wore this dress back in the day.

wedding photos
@crochethooks.and.runningshoes / Instagram
@crochethooks.and.runningshoes / Instagram

There aren’t any sleeves on the dress anymore, so now it looks a lot more modern.

Change Up The Accessories

The actual structure of this dress hasn’t changed very much over the years.

mom's wedding dress
@yuks19 / Instagram
@yuks19 / Instagram

Somehow this bride still managed to bring her mom’s dress into the modern day by just changing up a few accessories.

The Difference A Neckline Can Make

A lot has changed about this dress. There aren’t any sleeves on it anymore and the neckline has changed dramatically.

wedding dress transformation
@victoriaalexisdesigns / Instagram
@victoriaalexisdesigns / Instagram

It looks like a whole new dress! They both look stunning in it.

Add Some Cowboy Boots

This bride managed to change the whole vibe of her mom’s dress by raising the hemline of the dress.

wedding dress transformation
@pomall1 / Instagram
@pomall1 / Instagram

Her alterations included getting rid of the train, shortening the sleeves, and adding a pair of cowboy boots.

A Similar Look

This bride made her mom’s dress a little bit tighter around the hips and took away the long, cathedral veil. Now the dress doesn’t look as dated.

wedding dress transformation
@revivedforty3 / Instagram
@revivedforty3 / Instagram

It looks like something she could have picked up from a boutique today.

A Shorter Dress

This bride took her mom’s giant, poofy ballgown and turned it into a tea length dress for her small garden wedding.

moms' wedding dress transformation
@mrs.stitches_alterations / Instagram
@mrs.stitches_alterations / Instagram

We think both of these looks are absolutely stunning.

A Drastic Change

Okay, so I have to say that I am an absolute sucker for bell sleeves so I’m a little bit peeved that this bride changed up this quintessentially ’70s dress so much.

wedding dress transformation
@loretree_bridal / Instagram
@loretree_bridal / Instagram

Since it’s her big day, I guess we can forgive her.

Fluted Sleeves

This bride took some poofy ’80s shoulder sleeves and turned them into something that you might find at a Victorian garden party.

fluttery sleeve wedding dress
@betsycouture / Instagram
@betsycouture / Instagram

This upcycled dress is so chic! We absolutely love it.

Grandma’s Dress

We’ve seen a lot of brides transform their moms’ dresses on this list so far already, but this is the first bride we’ve seen who transformed her grandmother’s dress.

grandmother's wedding dress
@argown_preservation / Instagram
@argown_preservation / Instagram

It looks so nice on her!

Those Shoulder Details

Sometimes all it takes is a simple adjustment. This bride took some very strange shoulder appliqués off of her mom’s dress.

wedding dress transformation
@altsbybreemcq / Instagram
@altsbybreemcq / Instagram

Now it looks a lot more modern and sleek.

A Tighter Fit

All that this bride had to do was have her mom’s dress taken in.

wedding dress transformation
@betsycouture / Instagram
@betsycouture / Instagram

She took out some of the crinolines and made the bottom of the dress a bit sleeker.

Changing It Up

Could you tell that the dress on the right once looked like the dress on the left? It’s hard to believe that this is the same dress.

wedding dress transformation
@_lisa_murphy / Instagram
@_lisa_murphy / Instagram

It looks so different without the sleeves.

The Before

This ’80s wedding dress looks like something you might wear in a play if you were acting as a Shakespearean heroine gone mad.

'80s wedding dress
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emopromqueen / Reddit

It’s not ugly, it’s just not very bridal.

The After

Okay, this dress is everything. Can you even believe that it’s the same dress from the previous slide? We love the deep slit and the romantic neckline.

wedding dress short slit
emopromqueen / Reddit
emopromqueen / Reddit

I kind of want this dress now.

A Handmade Wedding Dress

What you’re looking at now is the before picture of a dress that was handmade by this bride’s sister in the ’80s.

handmade dress
Imgur
Imgur

It looked nice at the time, but it needed to be updated if anybody was going to wear it in the 2020s.

What It Looks Like Now

The satin fabric that this dress is made out of looks so much shiner now that it’s not hiding under all of that mesh.

wedding dress on bride
IMgur
IMgur

What a stunning dress! We absolutely love the low back.

Good As New

The dress that this bride is wearing is over seventy years old. Somehow, it still looks as good as new.

old wedding dress transformation
@themisssewitall / Instagram
@themisssewitall / Instagram

It looks a lot different than it used to, but it’s still as beautiful as ever.

Fun And Flirty

This dress looked rather cumbersome back in the ’80s.

mom's wedding dress transformation
@thehillcresthouse / Instagram
@thehillcresthouse / Instagram

But after a few significant alterations, it now looks like it stepped right out of a high fashion bridal magazine. It’s stunning!

Get Rid Of The Excess Fabrib

All this bride had to do was strip away a few layers of fabric to discover this gorgeous shorter dress lurking underneath.

mom's wedding dress
@tailoredinwhite / Instagram
@tailoredinwhite / Instagram

The thick lace straps on this dress are amazing.

Wearing The Past

The sleeves on this old wedding dress used to be long and poofy, but this bride took off the long sleeves and opted for a cap sleeve look.

grandmother's wedding dress
@thehillcresthouse / Instagram
@thehillcresthouse / Instagram

We think it looks gorgeous on her.

Long Sleeves Are Out

Long sleeves on a dress can be pretty, but they definitely aren’t for everyone.

wedding dress transformation
@dixiessewing / Instagram
@dixiessewing / Instagram

This bride wanted to wear her mom’s dress on her special day, but she had to make some alterations first.

The Most Beautiful Neckline

Okay, we are so glad that this bride didn’t change anything about the neckline on her mom’s wedding dress.

mom's wedding dress
@jackiefogartieevents / Instagram
@jackiefogartieevents / Instagram

She got rid of the puffy sleeves, but she kept the most beautiful part of the dress intact.

A Two-Piece Look

Here’s a transformation we haven’t seen before. This bride took her mom’s wedding dress and made it into a top and skirt combo look.

wedding dress transformation
@amp_ifbbpro / Instagram
@amp_ifbbpro / Instagram

This is so creative! We love this dress even more now.

An Unconventional Bride

This mom walked down the aisle in a pink bohemian style dress, and now her daughter is going to wear the same dress at her wedding.

pink wedding dress
mac-cheezie / Reddit
mac-cheezie / Reddit

This dress is so unique!