We were just at a wedding this past weekend and the brides dress was passed down to her, it was her grandma's dress originally, her mother wore it and now she had it revamped into a shorter more modern dress. It was lovely.
That is lovely! I have seen dresses re-made into baptism/christening gowns for babies and the veils into bonnets. For my "something old" for my wedding, I carried a handkerchief that my mother carried in her wedding. For baby girl's baptism, I folded it into a triangle and sewed satin ribbons on the corners for ties and she wore it as a little baptism cap.
I have my wedding dress packed away in a closet. After my wedding, as a gift to me, my mother had it sent to a special company that cleaned and preserved the dress and placed it in a special packaging. I had thought about selling it but now that I have a girl, I think I may keep it...for a while!
Since I was larger than my tiny, petite, 5'3" mother, I couldn't wear her dress...a banana yellow peasant-y dress perfect for her 1973 Colorado mountain wedding, LOL. My grandmother's dress (she was also teeny tiny) was a navy velvet from 1937.
My cousins all wore my aunt's veil. We will see if any of the granddaughters wear it.