It was 20 years ago today

It was 20 years ago today wedding dress

This week was our wedding anniversary and I got out my dress to try on. It last got an airing two years ago in this blog post.

It was 20 years ago today wedding dress 2
It was 20 years ago today wedding dress back view

I can still get the zip up but the dress is uncomfortably tight. The days of trying this dress on are numbered: I got stuck both getting it on and getting it off – had to breath deep and ease it fraction by fraction over my shoulders (it’s an over-the-head dress). I called for help but by the time someone came I was okay.

It’s actually quite a covered-up wedding dress for its time. In 1999 it was strapless! strapless! strapless! which looks beautiful if you have lovely skin and shoulders, but I’m too scrawny in the decollete department.

I made this dress from fabric from (the now closed) Glynburn fabrics, with buttons from (the now closed) Buttonz ‘n’ Bows on Unley Rd and tulle from the (now closed) Johnson’s Fabrics. The accessories came from (the now closed) Oh La La in the Myer Centre. I made the pattern for my dress but the bridesmaids dress is a (now out-of-print) Vogue pattern.

It was quite a traditional wedding. Here I am arriving at the church with my sister and my dad.

My Wedding Dress 18 years ago

While getting out the dress, I also unearthed a box of wedding paraphernalia. There was a tupperware container with the icing roses off the cake (why do we keep this stuff? They are beautiful, though).

It was 20 years ago today flowers from cake

There was a crumbling corsage, the guest list, a bonbonniere, an assortment of bride good luck charms, earrings and headpiece, the ribbons off the cars and all the wedding cards.

It was 20 years ago today wedding paraphenalia

This year is a bit special being our 20 year anniversary. It’s gone by quite quickly. We weren’t a particularly young bride and groom (in our late 20’s) but it’s funny to think that now we’re old enough to be the parents of that smiling couple in the photos.

It was 20 years ago today the smiling couple



  1. Juliet Hartwell on April 29, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    It was a beautiful dress. And a beautiful day. Was it really 20 years ago. Surely we aren’t that old!

    • lizhaywood on April 29, 2019 at 2:15 pm

      Yes, it went quick, didn’t it?

  2. Julie on April 29, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    How Gorgeous Liz – your dress still looks stunning and a perfect fit. Good on you for breaking the strapless mould. My dress was in the early 80s…. think sleeves and plenty of them…. ah la Princess Diana. It would probably make a lovely table cloth now! I actually tried it on some month ago and as long as I didn’t try to breath it was ok.

    Congratulations on you special anniversary.

    • lizhaywood on April 29, 2019 at 2:16 pm

      Thanks Julie. Sounds like your dress was an 80’s icon!

  3. Lizworthy Jane on April 29, 2019 at 2:39 pm

    How lovely Lizworthy! Congratulations to you both! Lwxx

    • lizhaywood on April 29, 2019 at 3:54 pm

      Cheers Lizworthy!

  4. Trish Pearce on April 29, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    Congratulations Liz and Grant. Hope you are celebrating the occasion.
    I am so thrilled to see your wedding photos. You looked stunnjng Liz and may be one if the girls will love it enough to wear it on their wedding day. And Grant looks positively handsome too.
    Hope you can continue to get into your dress for the next special anniversary and we will see it yet again.

    • lizhaywood on April 29, 2019 at 4:00 pm

      Many thanks Trish. Mum looked good too:)

  5. Helen on April 29, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    Gee I can still remember that day clearly – 20 years seemed like a long time back then, but now in retrospect not so long. I also clearly remember Ben G partaking of a few too many refreshments – which was out of character for him but highly amusing for the rest of us!!

    • lizhaywood on April 29, 2019 at 3:58 pm

      I remember that too!

  6. Belinda on April 29, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    Gorgeous! Wish I could fit into my jeans from 20 years ago

    • lizhaywood on April 29, 2019 at 8:12 pm

      Thanks Belinda. It’s having children that makes our clothes so tight!

  7. Jan on April 30, 2019 at 7:52 am

    You look beautiful still Liz. A lovely blog x

    • lizhaywood on April 30, 2019 at 8:31 am

      Cheers, Jan!

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