I have to admit that I am a Goodwill and thrift store shopper. It is sad to see so many used wedding gowns in these stores. Pinterest has a lot of good ideas for reusing these heirlooms.
A client brought me her mother's wedding dress, which was in pretty good shape for being over 30 years old. She and her husband are in the process of adopting a child so the Teddy Bear and Dog that I made from the dress were perfect. I added a few pieces of pastel fabric to compliment the lace and satin from the wedding dress.