Refashioned vintage accessories make beautiful modern, stylish accessories. And if you’re looking for nontraditional accessories to make your wedding day fashion feel more like you, try refashioned vintage accessories. Plus, you have another way to include honored family heirlooms in your wedding day look.
So Say Yes, to refashioning treasured family heirlooms into modern chic wedding accessories – a hair vine, lace comb, headband, shoe clips, or wedding sash. Your choices are limited only by the amount of heirloom you have that’s useable to restyle. Read on to find inspiration for your wedding accessories.
1. Refashioned Wedding Crown
A family veil and headpiece give many possibilities for a modern chic accessory. This vintage veil with attached headpiece is the most recent refashioned vintage accessory at Marti & Company. Refashioning is one of the best parts of my business. Pictures 1-4 show the original veil & headpiece, the refashioned piece – a pearl, lace, and crystal hair vine, and end with stunning pictures of the bride.
2. Satin and Lace Ring Bearer Pillow
Heirloom satin wedding gowns make beautiful ring bearer pillows. From the lace appliques from the wedding gown to the satin for the fabric, all came from the Mom’s wedding gown. I discreetly cut the material for the ring pillow from an area of the wedding gown that left plenty of fabric to make another item from the heirloom gown.
3. Vintage Lace Hair Comb
My favorite vintage fabric to refashion is lace, from a family wedding gown or a quality vintage resale shop. The Bride in the picture came with her Mom’s lace dress to refashion into a hair comb to wear with a custom birdcage veil. I loved working together, creating a new family heirloom and new memories for this Bride.
4. Refashioned Lace “Offcuts.”
Tiny lace “offcuts” from your gown alterations can easily be restyled into flower girl hair accessories – headband hair clips, ribbon headband, sash, or shoe clips.
5. Refashioned Bridal Jewelry
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Jewelry is a standard vintage accessory to refashion. Whether it’s a family ring, a string of pearls, or a collection of family heirloom stones reset into a necklace or bracelet. So many meaningful options. Search for a trusting jeweler or craftsperson to do this significant work. Allow plenty of time for the process of the initial design, approving the final plan, and completion. The timeline here could be 6 to 12 months. So worth the wait to have a one-of-a-kind accessory for your wedding day.
I had so much fun doing the research for this post that I found extra content that didn’t quite fit into the other headings but wanted to share with you. Silk monogram letters sewn to a piece of vintage lace will make a gorgeous bouquet wrap. Sleeves from a vintage lace wedding gown made into fingerless gloves is a beautiful statement piece for your wedding day fashion.
I hope the inspiration from this post helps you use treasured family heirlooms in your wedding to create new memories for the heirloom and you and your new family. The most important thing we share with our Brides is this: It’s always your love story, your wedding day, and your way is the best to reflect your personality for your dream wedding. I’d love to refashion a vintage heirloom into a modern chic style for your wedding. Contact me here.