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This Woman Resurrected Her Tragically ’90s Bridesmaid Dress for the Sweetest Reason

When certain things from the ’90s resurface again, like donuts or fashion, we get super nostalgic. (Hey, it was a good decade, okay?!) But there are definitely some things that were popular back in the day that leave us scratching our heads now — like old bridesmaid dresses.


Exhibit A: these seriously fabulous burgundy gowns that children’s author Tammi Sauer made her bridesmaids wear when she married her high school sweetheart in 1995. Sauer told BuzzFeed that she couldn’t find the perfect bridesmaid dress so she had a set made from a pattern.

“Apparently, not everyone in 1995 wanted a long, off-the-shoulder gown in a burgundy brocade fabric that looked like a Thanksgiving tablecloth,” she said. “Those dresses were handmade by moms, grandmas, and random seamstresses.” For their 22nd anniversary, she posted some throwback pics from her big day on Facebook, writing in the caption, “My apologies for those dresses, ladies.”

One of her bridesmaids, Heidi Mann, saw the post and dug up the dress (which her mom had kept for her all these years). She enlisted her kids to help do a photoshoot showing her wearing the frock while doing everyday things. “What do you mean sorry about the dresses? I wear mine all the time,” she joked.

Naturally, the photoshoot went viral. “The way Tammi was so apologetic made me think about how almost every person whose wedding I’d been in hoped I’d be able to wear their dress again,” Mann told Buzzfeed. “I don’t blame them…I did the same thing to my bridesmaids. I was certain I was getting them dresses that they would be able to wear again. I wasn’t.”

What’s the best bridesmaid dress you’ve ever seen? Tell us @BritandCo!

(h/t BuzzFeed; photos via Tammi Sauer/Facebook)

Shea Lignitz
Shea can be found in the nearest bookstore or brewery, exploring the great outdoors, or blasting Led Zeppelin. She grew up in the cold and rain of Northern California's redwoods but is currently wandering around Texas.

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