Thursday, March 21, 2013

Special Bridal Tokens

Princess Diana made the idea of bridal tokens famous by having a small blue bow sewn into her gown along with a small 18-karat gold horseshoe studded with diamonds. Both of these were sewn in for good luck, the bow being her "something blue" and the horseshoe simply a good luck symbol.

At Madeleine's Daughter, we make a small bridal token gift for each of our brides in the form of a custom blue monogram:

Here's an example of the custom monogram after being sewn into the bride's gown.
Sometimes, as much as our brides might like our small token gift, they have another idea of their own for something special they'd like sewn into the dress. We're always happy to oblige, of course.
One of our brides brought in her late mother's wedding gown. She asked us to sew a piece of it into her dress. We cut it into the shape of a heart, embroidered it with her mother's name and sewed it into the dress over the bride's heart.
Another time, one of our brides had the lovely surprise of finding a heart-shaped cut-out of her late father's logo from one of his t-shirts sewn into her dress. Her sister coordinated with us so that it was already in the dress when she came in for her first fitting. When that sister got married, we did the same for her and sewed a similar heart-shaped logo from yet another of their late father's t-shirts.
 Not having a parent at your wedding can be very difficult and while the token will never take their place, it is nice to know they are represented in some way and that a small piece of them can be with the bride throughout such an important day.

It's not always a parent that is missing, however. One of our brides was sad that her late brother would not get to see her on this special day. This time we embroidered a t-shirt of his with his name, cut it out in the shape of a heart and sewed it next to the monogram we'd made for her.

It's also not uncommon to have small pieces of jewelry sewn into the gown such as a pendant from a family necklace, an heirloom pin or a grandparent's wedding ring. Regardless of what it is, don't hesitate to ask your seamstress to sew it into the gown.
Are you an MD bride who had something special sewn into her dress? Send us a picture and tell us the story. We'd love to feature you on the blog!

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