Something old for your wedding can also be something new again.
I am currently restoring a wedding headpiece c.1920. The bride actually wore the headpiece in 1941, but the style and tiny wax flowers indicate it is from much earlier decade. This beautiful headpiece could have belonged to the mother of the 1941 bride. That 1941 bride could have been using this headpiece for something old as well.
Although the box with veil and headpiece were rescued from a home that had a fire, the package did not burn. The great heat from the nearby flames melted the wax flowers a little. The grosgrain ribbon edging the head cap is in great condition. I was pleasantly surprised during disassembly; the actual cap had only a small tear where the crown center was most likely attached.. Considering the time line and the heat of the fire, this fabric could be holding up so well because of possibly being made of silk. The lace edging on the veil is in good condition as well. The tulle veil however is completely deteriorated.
The actual work is tedious. Careful stitches to attach support for the softened crown. Re-attaching all the pieces and adding a new tulle veil is the fun part. After several hours of hand sewing, the headpiece finally comes to life.
Voilà. Restoration is complete.