The most important dress a woman will ever own is the one she wears on her wedding day. That's why so many bridezillas come out in department stores - women are keen to find a garment that will not only impress their beau, but radiate timeless beauty. After all, no one wants to look back on their wedding snaps and cringe when they realize they looked like a giant meringue.

Because my mom was pretty strapped for cash when she got married in the 80s, she decided to cut a corner in this particular department (and has regretted it ever since) by choosing to wear her sister's second-hand wedding dress.

And while most of us assume that wedding dresses can only be recycled in this way, that's far from the case, and let's face it, what better than to have the dress your mom wore on her big day become a part of your own? Here are six sentimental and heart-warming ways you can use your mom's wedding dress for the most special day of your life...

1. Lacey shoes

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Almost all brides want to have something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue on their big day. So why not turn the lace from your mom's wedding dress into a pair of stunning shoes like the ones pictured above?

2. Lace Pendant

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Another brilliant way of repurposing an old wedding dress is by turning it into lace pendants. This might be a good idea if you've got daughters and want to give them a keepsake from the biggest day of your life that they can treasure for years to come.

3. Bouquet holder

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Aside from the dress itself, one of the biggest center points on a bride's big day is, of course, the bouquet. So why not pay tribute to your mom (or another special lady in your life) by repurposing her old wedding dress as your bouquet holder?

4. A frame

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There are few things more pleasurable than looking through old wedding photographs That's why it's such a great idea to turn a wedding dress into a frame - it will help keep a part of the day alive and show how beautiful the dress looked on the bride.

5. A teddy bear

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While this one definitely won't be for everyone, I think it's a fantastic idea if the couple has a child and wants to share the magic of their big day with them. Fun fact: a lot of businesses use the same idea to repurpose old baby clothes too!

6. A clutch bag

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Just like the bouquet holder one, this is a great idea for any brides-to-be who are looking to repurpose their mom's old wedding dress as their something old. But unlike the bouquet holder, this is an accessory which you can use time and time again.

So there you have it - six brilliant hacks for repurposing an old wedding dress. Have any of them inspired you to get creative? Personally, I think the clutch bag's a great idea as it will give you a completely unique and reusable accessory!

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