Heirloom Inspirations

wedding dress restoration
At Clarissa Boutique, we celebrate not only your wedding day, but the importance of family heritage and the handmade wedding gowns and other heirlooms that have been preserved and shared for generations. We can repurpose or restyle a family keepsake with our customized veils, headpieces, jewelry and other bridal accessories, celebrating both your history and the artisan tradition. Our expert designers can restructure or redesign a delicate, heirloom wedding gown to fit both you and your personal style. We can also remake a wedding gown into a one-of-a-kind christening or baptismal gown, creating new keepsakes for future generations.

Perfecting Your Special Heirloom

Many brides turn to an heirloom gown, veil or headpiece to intertwine family histories into their wedding day. Wearing or incorporating a keepsake from your mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, or any other family member or close friend adds meaning to your wedding. But styles and trends change. Even if you are close in size to the original bride, your heirloom may not fit perfectly and may require some level of restructuring or restyling. It might need to be mended, lined or hemmed. Our expert designers are skillful and creative when it comes to matching and complementing fabrics and components, as well as adding personal elements to make it uniquely yours.  Get inspired by our Look Book.

Personalized Veils and Headpieces

Whether your style is classic, modern, or simply unique, a wedding veil and headpiece can complete your look. If you are starting with a new veil, we can incorporate elements or pieces of your heirloom gown into your veil. From length to cut, to color, to embellishments, improving on the design of your new or heirloom veil or headpiece expands your options and choices, and creates a new keepsake for you to treasure. View examples of our custom creations in this Look Book.
Bridal Redesign Heirloom

Creating New Heirlooms

Designers at Clarissa Boutique can help you find clever and original ideas for recycling or restyling family heirlooms for your wedding, christening, or other family event. We will create ring bearer pillows, accent pillows, ornaments, garters, hankies, or sew parts of family wedding gowns, or other meaningful object into your dress. It is a beautiful way to honor relatives and reuse heirlooms that otherwise might stay packed away. You might even display the gown or photographs of its history at the reception where everyone can appreciate its legacy. 

Need guidance? Schedule a Consultation and bring your gown to the professionals at Clarissa Boutique. We can assess the condition of your dress, veil, or other keepsake and discuss your event, style, look, and what you have in mind. With our experienced team and creativity, we promise you a truly inspirational design and expertly crafted results.