Wedding Dresses for the Mature Woman (Sponsored)

Wedding Dresses for the Mature Woman.

Wedding Dresses for the Mature Woman

This post is brought to you by Gem Grace. The content and opinions are definitely mine!

I’m sure we all realize that wedding dresses are not only for the 20 year old females. Whether a woman is getting married later in life for the first time or not, the bride still wants to be beautiful!

Take my picture above for instance from our wedding on Valentine’s Day in 2004. This is my husband, Rob, whom you got to meet in our Borrow from the Boys series this last fall. As I talk about in my blog, I don’t feel like I need to spend a whole lot of money on most of my clothing purchases. And even though a wedding gown is for a special day, it’s also usually only worn once. Thus for my dress in the picture above, I borrowed this dress from Nancy, my step mom and the 60’s model on the blog. It’s the dress she wore to marry my father in 1993 which you can see below!

 Wedding Dresses for the Mature Woman.

Gem Grace

Thus when Gem Grace approached me to post about this topic, I thought I could give some great assessment on the subject.

Many of you already realize that you can buy pretty much anything online nowadays. Even wedding gowns! And you may think that this option is either fabulous or silly! But considering how much time and energy can be used up going from store to store to find the perfect dress, this online wedding dress option, could actually be a time saver!

Now, your definition of what a mature wedding dress looks like could certainly be different from mine. When I was perusing Gem Grace’s site under this topic, there were certainly some that I wouldn’t wear, but that is a fact with any store. Overall I thought there was a fabulous selection of dresses that I would definitely wear!

For example, if you are looking for a long, wedding gown, I thought this one below was stunning. I like that it covers the arms, and doesn’t have too many ruffles or flounces (my personal opinion, of course).

Mermaid V-neck Long-strap Floor-length Wedding Dress Mermaid Long Dress

Of course lace is quite the popular material as part of a wedding dress! Now this dress below is so lovely, and just think of how many times you could wear it, by taking the opportunity to dye it afterwards!!

Elegant Sheath High Neck Knee-length Lace Wedding Dress With Lace Sleeve Sheath with High Neck


One of the many aspects I was impressed with on Gem Grace’s site was not only do you have options for which color you would prefer, like white, ivory, champagne & blushing pink; but, also the dress size can be customized. In addition to being able to select custom sizes, you can basically design your own dress. Check out the examples they have done, here. Now many of you know my mom, Charlotte, the 70’s model on my blog. She’s a professional seamstress, but I’m sure she’d tell you that creating your own dress can be an expensive & time consuming venture. But Gem Grace shows how they can make some of the same designs for a lot less money.

Brown Floral One Shoulder Chiffon Short Bridal Party Dress One Shoulder

The one shoulder dress above is shown as a bridal party dress, but personally, I think it could be a fabulous wedding dress for the woman who doesn’t want a long or frilly dress! Here’s another one like it that doesn’t have the ruffles! And then this tea length dress, below, is very simple yet elegant, I thought!

A-line High Neck Tea-length Chiffon Wedding DressHigh Neck, Tea Length

The fabulous thing about this site is that the wedding dress is custom made for you after you order it. It will take about a month to make it and ship it to you (free shipping), but since you’ve sized it for your own body, you shouldn’t need many alterations. I realize that there is the fact that our body measurements can change over a couple of months. Because of this, the tailors at Gem Grace have reserved additional fabric in the seams to allow for minor modifications.

I hope you’ll keep Gem Grace in mind if you or anyone you know is going to be looking for a wedding dress in the future. They really have an interesting concept! And don’t forget the shoes & handbags!! This site has those too! They have offered my readers a couple of discounts also.

10% OFF for First Order; Code: 232NF
15% OFF for First Order over $199;  Code: 233NF
20% OFF for First Order over $399;  Code: 234NF

And in keeping with the theme of weddings, this week the 3 of us will be styling outfits for winter weddings! Make sure to come back and check them out!

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  • Kathleen McDermott

    Such beautiful wedding photos. I love that you wore Nancy’s dress. I wish I had a sister to pass my 1981 wedding dress on to, but I don’t. I took it to Goodwill last year, still safely wrapped in its acid-free tissue paper. It was a lovely gown and someone can alter and refashion it to what they’d like. I love thinking about someone finding it and turning it into their own dress.

    • It’s that sentimental thing that really can make a piece so special!! Even if you don’t know the person, at least someone could love your dress!!
      Thanks Kathleen!

  • These are beyond gorgeous. They make me wish I had worn a wedding dress instead of a sweater at my wedding!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      What kind of sweater did you wear, Anna?? Because I had a friend get married on a boat in Idaho in the colder months and she wore many layers!!
      I think it all depends on your situation (but this site really has some nice options!!) I kidded around with my husband that maybe we needed to have another wedding–LOL!

  • Love seeing both you and your step mom on your wedding days! And thanks for linking!

    I wore a family heirloom from the 1860s (great great grandmother’s) that my great aunt also wore in 1931. My poor mom had to lace me into it on the Big Day. Sometime I’ll post pix!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Anne!!! We need to see that picture!
      And when you say your mom had to lace you into it….you mean because of the style or because of the fit?
      I have this dress from probably back in the early 1900’s that came from my grandma’s basement, and it looks like a Little House on the Prairie dress—-but it’s tiny!! There’s no way in h-e-double L that I could fit into it if I wanted to!! What, did women never eat back then? LOL!!

      • No zippers in the 1860s, so fastenings were either buttons or lacing (were there snaps yet? Not sure). And maybe it was a bunch of buttons down my back, all I remember is my mom fumbling nervously with the back of my dress.
        Would love to see your 1900’s dress. They were tiny then because: 1) no fast food, 2) corsets. I’m sure my dress was originally tiny too, And I’m sure my great aunt had it altered, she had a “robust” figure.

        • Jodie Filogomo


  • So many gorgeous dresses! I really love the mermaid style dress – though I think a part of me will always hanker after a super frothy 1980s style dress. It was my greatest dream as a kid that I would get to wear a wedding dress like my aunt’s in the late 80s! 😀

    Thanks so much for sharing over at Friday Frivolity!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      How neat to hear your story Jess!!
      So did you wear a dress like your aunt’s?
      Thanks so much for your love & tweet!!

  • Mary Peterson

    That’s wonderful to help out the more “mature” bride! I took much effort when I married at 33 (mature to some, not to others!) to veer away from the looks that I thought were more appropriate for younger women. In my view, these were the ballgown-esque dresses that a little girl may consider to be a “princess” dress. It just didn’t feel like ME.

    When I shopped with my girlfriends, I told them my wishes: I wanted to be a SEXY but elegant bride. Hey, why not? So I opted for a halter neckline and somewhat-low-cut neck. No regrets!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      How fabulous to hear your story Mary!!
      I guess I’ve never been a huge fan of the huge ruffles and poofiness even as a young girl!
      Thanks so much for stopping by!!

  • All these dresses look very pretty! From these picks I like the lace dress the most.

    Thanks for linking up with Beauty by Miss L weekly link up!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for stopping by Leelo!!
      They really have some very nice dresses, huh?

  • The Mermaid long dress would be my choice. That would be perfect for me. x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      You would look like a dream in that one Laurie!!

  • PetiteOver40

    You know I love a good story behind a dress and this one is right at the top of my favorites list! You and Nancy both look so beautiful in that dress, Jodie! Do you or Nancy still have it?


    • Jodie Filogomo

      I know I gave it back to Nancy, so I’m thinking it must be at her house someplace?? Who knows, there’s the possibility she could get married again—is that gauche to rewear your dress?

  • How cool that you got to wear Nancy’s dress! My dress could easily be a cocktail dress – I just haven’t had a cocktail party to wear it to, yet! Thanks for joining us at #FridayFrivolity this week!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I think that calls for a fancy date night Lisa!! Just so you can say you wore your dress again!! 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by!

  • Amy D. Christensen

    What a neat post, Jodie! So cool that you wore Nancy’s dress when she married your dad. I have always felt bad that wedding dresses usually don’t get more than one use. Both of you looked lovely in your wedding pics. Love the pics of those other dresses too. Kind of makes me want to do it again…but of course to the same man! Ha, ha. – Amy

    • Jodie Filogomo

      That’s exactly how I feel Amy—the dresses are so lovely, yet it seems like nowadays, that each woman wants to pick out her own!
      Thanks for the love!!

  • Debbie Stinedurf

    I love the photos…and it is so cool that you wore Nancy’s dress when you got married! I’ve always thought that you look very much like your mom, but you really resemble your dad as well. 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for the love Debbie!!
      Yah…it’s funny, because especially when growing up, whichever parent I was with, I’d hear that I looked like them! I guess it’s good knowing that they really are my parents…ha ha!!

  • I never heard of this site! Thanks! I’m hoping to get married (again!) this summer, so very timely for me! That is fantastic that you could wear your step-mother’s dress!
    Friday Frivolity

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Melinda!! Congrats on your upcoming wedding!! I can’t wait to see what you wear!

  • Julia Nyanyo

    You wore your MIL’s dress – that is so lovely! It looks great on both of you. Do you still have it? Any plans to pass it on to anyone else in the family?
    The sheath dress with the high neckline, the second in your selection is definitely my favourite, though they are all beautiful. I can imagine that dyed a pastel colour for a while then maybe a darker colour later and you could get years of wear out of it for fancy parties & other peoples’ weddings.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for the kind words, Julia!
      I actually gave the dress back to Nancy. Mom had altered it slightly for me, but then she took out the changes before giving it back.
      And what a great idea to dye the dress a lighter color so then you can dye it a darker color later!! Thanks for that inspiration!!

  • I love looking at wedding dresses – it’s been 30+ years since I last chose one, and the range and options are enormous now days. I doubt I’ll get a chance to ever choose another one but it was fun looking at your choices.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      And that’s a good thing, if you don’t get a chance to choose another wedding dress. But I’m like you—it’s fun to look and see how things have changed (and stayed the same!)
      Thanks for stopping by Leanne!

  • Lauren Blair .

    What fun options, real wedding photos, and stories! XO

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Lauren!! 🙂

  • Love your wedding photo. That’s the reason I double-clicked. No weddings for me in the forseeable future but I do love seeing them.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Julia!!
      It’s also fun to see how the styles (and our bodies) have changed in these photos!!

  • What a great introduction to your winter wedding series! I’m not familiar with Gem Grace, so I appreciate you sharing a bit about them. Wedding dresses are so dreamy and truly the best eye candy. Oh, all of that lace and embellishment is just beautiful!

    <3 Liz

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Liz!
      Wedding dresses certainly are a girly girl’s dream come true, huh?

  • This is so cute!! I love your wedding dress and I love these beautiful picks, especially that sheath dress.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Liz!

  • I love your wedding photo! So beautiful and happy. 🙂 And how awesome that it was also your stepmom’s dress! I love that. And I am all for ordering a wedding gown online! Plus, this site has customized sizing? I wish I would’ve heard of them when I got married. 🙂


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Lindsey!
      It really did make it more special to wear a dress that was part of the family! But if I didn’t have that one, I think I’m totally sold on buying one online!

  • You and Nancy look great in wedding dress!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thank you so much Humaira!! That’s so kind of you to say!

  • Love these pictures, so sweet that you got to wear something with meaning. I also love the mermaid long dress.

    Life is just Rosie

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Rosie!!
      There really are some nice dresses from this site…and you can’t beat the cost!

  • Terri Webster Schrandt

    Such a great post idea for the New Year (hope yours was fabulous)! Love the short dress for a second wedding. I can see the fashion statement of the wide shoulders, but you made that part look de-emphasized somehow. When I remarried in 2013, I found a knee-length, white lace dress I bought online at Macy’s. I had it in my shopping cart, and a few days later when I decided to check out it was marked down to $60!! You can see it in the photo 🙂 I will have to keep Gem Grace in mind for when (if?) my daughter gets married.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Terri—thanks you so much for including your photo—it’s magnificent! And the smile on your face says it all!!
      It reminds me of a sleeveless version of the one I showcased from GemGrace! Do you still have it? It’s such a great dress, that you could wear it over and over!! Or dye it?

  • Judy Gramith

    Seeing your dad in this wedding photo made me realize how very much you look like him Jodie!! You have his narrow face and curly hair for sure!!!
    What a fun topic at a time in life when our children or grandchildren (?) might consider this cost saving alternative to a too expensive wedding gown and for the more mature bride as well. You made some great selections Jodie.
    Nancy’s gown is very pretty. I’m trying to remember what the trends were at that time. I think her choice of a short gown was edgy, cool and fun. The fact that you borrowed it so many years later is a testimony to how timeless the style was. Perhaps wedding dresses just have a more timeless quality by nature.
    I think FAR too much emphasis is placed on “weddings” and all their expensive trappings rather than the “marriage” and the constant work and love needed to make that bond work. (This from a woman married for 41 years , YIKES!) A more economical wedding dress may be sought more often by the more mature bride (?)
    Your uniquely loving relationship with both Nancy and your mom, Charlotte, is enviable Jodie. Their clearly friendly acceptance of each other is a testimony to their character. You were raised by two very classy women!!!
    (Sorry to have gotten a bit side tracked from wedding *dresses*.)
    Great beginning to a new year Jodie!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s so true Jude!! Whenever I would be with dad, everyone would say I looked just like him (ha…in fact, there were many times people would ask if he was my brother—now that stoked his ego like no other!!) Yet when I’d be with mom, people would say the same thing. I guess it’s nice to know, they really are my parents!! Of course, the curly hair was a perm for my dad, and at that time my mom also! I only wish I could say the same thing…ha ha!
      Your sentiments about weddings, are exactly what I always say. It’s just a day! A fun day to be sure, but it’s not the true testament of what a marriage really is!
      And I count my blessings daily how the “family” can get along so well! My husband always laughs and says that you can tell we aren’t Italians since we don’t hold a grudge!! But it really makes life so much more pleasant!!
      I love your long comments, Jude! It’s like a fun coffee break!!

      • Judy Gramith

        You are very kind to say that Jodie. Sometimes I’m surprised that I have a lot to say and I don’t know how appropriate it is to share quite so much…

        • Jodie Filogomo

          Yes, but I’d argue that it’s a form of communication…and if we don’t say what we mean, then we are lying! How’s that for rationale?

  • Maria Jose Gomez Verdu

    Happy New Year!! great selection

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Maria!

  • Happy New Year Jodie! For you and your loved ones!
    How lovely to see Nancy and you in the same dress. I think it’s a beautiful dress. I am not married, I never had ,, a thing,, with weddings.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I’m like you about weddings, Nancy…I was never one to dream about my wedding and I could never imagine spending the money that you read about either! Maybe that’s why I was so happy to borrow Nancy’s dress for the event. Rob & I had a small wedding—more like a fun party, with a smorgasbord of desserts (my favorite part of the meal)!!
      Happy 2017 to you too!!

      • Ha ha, more my style! Gerben and I are, in three weeks, 25 years together. We will throw a party in spring because off that! 🙂

        • Jodie Filogomo

          How fun!!!

  • I’m really loving the throwback photos! You ladies were and still are absolutely gorgeous! I like to see how wedding dresses were in each ear and how they evolved with time.

    Happy 2017 !


    Tamara –

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Tamara!

  • So fun to see you and Nancy in photos from your wedding days and I love that you wore the same dress! I enjoyed seeing the selections you presented and hearing about this company. Happy New Year, Jodie!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jennie!!

  • Laura

    Love the options you picked! I think they are stunning for any age bride and the all lace one I just want for myself! I love the idea of dying it afterwards so you can wear it again.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Isn’t that lace one just stunning, Laura? I have one kind like it in an orangy/red—that’s what made me think about dying it!!

  • That is neat that you wore her dress! This site sounds like it offers great options! I love the customization.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for the kind words Amy!!

  • Hi Jodie! I am back from the break and thought I would check in! Hope you had a great Vegas Holiday! Love your dress and these are such pretty styles, especially love the 1st with the embroidery, very elegant and the gorgeous lace one below it!.
    jess xx

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Hi Jess and welcome home!!! I hope you had a fabulous time and holidays!!
      Thanks for stopping by!
      We had a great time in Vegas, although Rob caught the flu and has been down ever since! Poor guy!

  • Nicole Mölders

    Love the sheath with high neck and the last one.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Nicole for stopping by!!

  • Versatilestylebytracey

    Beautiful choices and i love that you were able to wear Nancy’s dress.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It was very sentimental, especially since my dad had passed 5 years before.

  • Marci Vaughn

    What pretty options! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Aren’t they lovely, Marci? Thanks for your voice!!

  • That is lovely you were able to wear the same dress! I actually borrowed my dress from my sister which was her graduation dress.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      How fabulous you were able to wear your sister’s graduation dress!
      I’ve always questioned spending hundreds on a dress you wear once…but I know everyone is different on that issue!

  • I loved seeing you and Nancy in the same dress. Beautiful brides!

    And I think considering ordering your wedding dress online is actually a good idea. Your picks are beautiful!

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I have to admit, I probably never would have thought about shopping online for a wedding dress before I started blogging. But really, it could be so smart!!
      Thanks for the kind words, Andrea!!

  • Queen of Rods

    Thanks for sharing those adorable photos…two beautiful brides with handsome husbands 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Janet!

  • Love the dress you and Nancy wore for your weddings. I think it makes ut even more special that you did that. Happy New Year!

    Gemma x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Gemma!
      It did make everything easier that way. I didn’t have to spend a ton of time and money picking out the dress, and luckily mom altered it wonderfully!!

  • Lovely selection of dresses, I would happily wear all of them. Your dress was great and how fantastic that your step mom wore it when she married your dad.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Even though I’m not super sentimental, it is fun to wear items that have some meaning—at least I’m starting to learn that…ha ha!!
      Thanks for your kind words, Gail!