Betty Morgan couldn’t afford a wedding dress, so she used this instead.
A lot of us have special items in the family that essentially become family heirlooms. Whether it’s because that item is rare, valuable, or has a great story, each is special in its own way. Such is the case with Betty Morgan’s wedding dress. When Betty and her husband Ed decided to get married after World War II, things were still somewhat pricey, including fabric. So, channeling that Greatest Generation spirit, Betty decided to get creative!
Ed served in the military during WWII and was there when the Allied Forces officially declared victory in Europe. During his time there, he decided to send home a German pilot’s emergency parachute as a souvenir. He grabbed the parachute out of a plane they pulled from a burning hangar, and Ed remembers distinctly that it was the first plane he saw without a propellor on it.
Fast forward to the wedding planning; while Betty was still trying to figure out where she would get her dress, her mother-in-law suggested that she use the silk from Ed’s parachute to make her own dress. So Betty took the parachute to a tailor and, for $18, he was able to transform the parachute into a beautiful wedding gown! Watch the video below to see more about this fantastic piece of family history.