The first place to look for a vintage wedding dress is in a grandmother’s bureau. Older female relatives may have saved their wedding dress, especially if it was a more glamorous design. Also check consignment shops, vintage and antique clothing stores, and online auctions. The following retailers offer vintage wedding dresses online:
Choosing authentic 1940s vintage wedding dresses does pose some problems. Some may not have had proper wedding dress preservation techniques used on them, making them too delicate to wear. Yellowing, fading and stains are also common problems with dresses from decades past. Sizing information is often different from today’s generous cuts, so get accurate measurements or try on the gown if possible. Be sure to investigate any dress thoroughly before purchasing.
Sewing a wedding gown using a wedding dress pattern is another way to obtain a vintage 1940s style dress. Using new materials pick out a pattern that will compliment a 1940s themed wedding and make the dress personally or hire someone else to make it. Patterns can be found online at stores like So Vintage Patterns. [via]