My mom saved hers, and then used to it make the christening dress that us kids worn. Then the gown was “loaned” to her younger sister to christen her kids in, and then it was lost or something. I was always a little disappointed by that, although we’re not planning on kids ourselves. If we changed our minds though, it would have been nice to have that dress. Now upon learning that Farmwoman has a Stickley crib, I’m drooling with envy and might reconsider the kid issue. (I jest, I jest, I know you’re not supposed to make that decision over furniture, but still, a Stickley!) I asked my mom once how she had come up with such a charming tradition, and she gave me the hairy eyeball and said “because we couldn’t AFFORD a christening dress.”
My mom also saved my dress, apparently she is more attached to it that I am, so she’s welcome to it. It’s more casual dress, not a gown, and in hindsight, it wasn’t the best choice. It really reeks of “here is a dress we are going to market to people as a casual wedding dress with a little jacket so that it could either have a suit sort of look, or without the jacket, a sun dress type look, and people will purchase it thinking that perhaps they could wear it again, but meanwhile back in reality, looking at objectively, it has BRIDAL INDUSTRY stamped all over it.” I remember thinking it was a good “middle of the road” type choice, in terms of style as well as finances, but I seen to have been delusional. If I could go back in time and do it again, I would rather get a completely non-bridal dress that could really be worn to other events, or just go whole hog and get the princess gown. So yeah, if my mom hadn’t claimed it, I wouldn’t have held on to it.
On the other hand, I still have my prom dress, which I love, and have no real hopes that anyone would ever want to wear it again so there is no practical purpose in keeping it. My prom was in the 80s, and it looks like a Laura Ashley vomit explosion. But I loved that dress, so I can see how people who loved their wedding dresses would want to keep them forever.