Most brides preserve and hold on to their wedding dresses years after the big day. Some even wear them again to renew their vows. Bridesmaids sometimes keep their dresses in the closet too, some with the hopes to wear them again for a different special occasion.
Good friends will save the bridesmaid’s dress as a keepsake. Good friends will also find ways to remind you that old styles never go away. Tammi Sauer has at least one friend like that.
Twenty-two years after her wedding, Tammi posted a cute anniversary note to her hubby on Facebook that included pictures of the wedding party. In a caption, she also included a line in her note to her bridesmaids apologizing for their dresses.
As you can see in the picture above, the burgundy off-shoulder frocks have a lacy white trim that complement Tammi’s gown. This look worked back in 1995 when she got married, but now, maybe not so much. She was convinced the gowns could be altered and reworked into cocktail dresses sometime in the future.
One of Tammi’s good friends and former bridesmaids, Heidi Mann, hilariously rebuffed her apology with this reply: “What do you mean sorry about the dresses? I wear mine all the time.”
Heidi posted photos of herself wearing the dress now, doing everyday things like gardening, repairs, and laundry. If you’re not entertained with Heidi’s sense of humor, you can at least appreciate the fact that she can still fit into the dress two decades later. She looks great!
Apparently, the bridesmaids’ dresses were handmade using a Jessica McClintock pattern. Those of you who are familiar with sewing know that label, and that this design was on point for the mid ‘90s. A group of women helped to create these dresses for each member of the bridal party.
Heidi shared that she has a collection of old bridesmaid dresses and other formal gowns that’s she’s been saving for years. Every so often she dons one to give her family a dose of laughter. When she saw Tammi’s post, it provided her with a golden opportunity. She told Today:
“The thought of someone determined to get good use out of their bridesmaid dresses by wearing them for everyday activities made me laugh. I knew it would make Tammi laugh, too, so I did it. My son took the pictures, my daughter rolled her eyes at me, the neighbors stared, the dogs thought I had lost my legs and my husband asked me why I was wearing a lampshade, but everyone had a good laugh.”
Tammi and many other Facebookers had a genuine laugh-out-loud moment to the relatable post, and the friends’ story wound up going viral. Surely, there are many others who do the exact same thing as Heidi. You know who you are.
How many one hit wonder outfits from the past are you still clinging to? Do any of you have a rack of bridesmaids’ dresses (or other formal gowns) in your closet? Have you ever worn any of them again?