Ok... I know this will come up in a year or two...just asking now. My mom was very thin when she got married- though I was not heavy there was no way I ccould fit in her gown (I was a 10, she was a 6). This was actually a blessing because I didn't LIKE her dress...but the head piece (A one of a kind crown, designed by her best man-a hollywood designer after WWII, with lots of fancy beading) I LOVED! I replaced the beading that had broken or discolored over the years and replaced the actual veil. It was BEAUTIFUL!!! My SIL... is a rather ... snotty/bossy woman. She sees something she wants-she TAKES it (when my parents moved from their house..things went missing. No one had the guts to ask...but we all THINK!). Well her daughter is getting close to marriage age..and my SIL has dropped BOMBS (not just hints) that the girl WILL wear my mother's head piece. (Wouldn't it have been nice to ASK me? I'm my mom's only daughter..and though this is one of my mom's grand-daughters...I don't know..maybe it's the SIL that pi$$es me off!) My daughter has ALSO mentioned she wants to wear the crown...but that will be a few years on as well. Ok...here we go. I preserved my dress and the crown together. I don't really mind breaking the seal for my daughter's wedding (unless something earth shattering happens-my daughter will not fit into my gown-plus her tastes are definitely different)... but breaking it 6-8 years early. Do you think it would be too much to say to the niece...if you use it, you need to have it professionally protected again upon it's immediate return (I'm not going searching for it when it comes my daughter's time.) I mean./.. it's not like she is getting this from her mom (who got it from hers)..but instead from an aunt/another woman to whom it was passed on by HER mother. Is that too petty? After all... I'm going to have to re-preserve my dress as well once the seal is broke.