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    wedding dolls

    ok I know I'm showing my age here but dose anybody besides me remember back in the day when people put barbie type dolls with dresses made according to the bride and bridesmaid gowns on front of the hood of cars? I remember helping my grandmother make them.When I tell people them they say thay never heard of it but a good idea dolls weren't on the cars that long just long enough for the drive(slow) drive and horn beeping to the reception then put at there seating table.
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    sounds like a fun idea... i'd never heard of it.
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    I haven't heard of this custom. I have heard of seamstresses being asked to make bridal dolls with identical dresses for keepsakes from a wedding.

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    I remember them. The dresses were made from colored milk filters and attached to the hood ornament. Today most cars don't have hood ornaments. I searched the internet and you can still buy the colored milk filters and I think, with a bit of tinkering, I would remember how to make them. If I remember correctly we also made them with longer skirts as bed dolls - another long lost tradition. Gosh! I must be getting old!!! :-)

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    Do not remember this, I am pretty old but really don't!!!! Great idea!!!

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    Oh yeah, I remember. Also remember the hoods of cars covered in paper flowers made out of colored facial tissues. Flower colors usually matched the bridesmaids dresses. I helped my SIL make a brown paper grocery bag full of these flowers once. I was married in 1975 but remember the tissue thing in the mid 1960's. Life was a lot more simple back then.

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    I honestly thought they were a tacky Aussie custom - did not realise that it was a big hit internationally.

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    I don't remember that, but I do remember when the bride and groom left their wedding reception to start their wedding night as soon as they could because usually they hadn't made love yet and just couldn't wait, or that's what the whole town thought.

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    I don't remember them, but do remember the dolls that sat on the bed. I thought that they were prizes from the carnival and that they must be the most beautiful dolls in the world.
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    When I married back in the 70's my mother had a paper mache doll made, wearing a dress made from pieces of her wedding dress. I don't remember the doll hood ornaments tho.
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    Here is a link to one site for making the "milk filter" bed dolls....I was curious and did a search. There are several links.
    http://gailsdollpatterns.com/MilkFilterDolls.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by pal View Post
    I don't remember them, but do remember the dolls that sat on the bed. I thought that they were prizes from the carnival and that they must be the most beautiful dolls in the world.
    Yes, bed dolls rang a bell with me. I remember thinking how wonderful they were, even though you couldn't really play with them...
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    Wedding dolls

    My Aunt made this doll for me for my wedding 30 years ago. Dark hair like me and she made the dress and hat like I wore. Has been very special to me . She is now 92 years old.
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    Nena, How neat you kept that doll all these years. Your dress must have been beautiful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by willferg View Post
    Yes, bed dolls rang a bell with me. I remember thinking how wonderful they were, even though you couldn't really play with them...
    I also remember the doll dresses made with chenille. I made a red one for my mom's bed. Yup, y-e-a-r-s ago!!!

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    I was married in 1966 and yes there were the dolls on the wedding cars. I remember them well and every bride of the day had dolls on their cars dressed to match the bride and bridesmaids.

    I also remember the bed dolls. At one time they were dressed in printed plastic fabric and dresses made from coloured foam sheeting as well as being dressed in fine fabrics.

    My wedding doll was and early barbie doll which I have now given to my daughter.

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    I remember them and they "were" made from milk filters (lottsa folks will ask "what's that")? AND, I remember the "bed doll" had one that had a glass head, hands and high healed shoes and a skirt that was "huge"; used to fold my jammies and place in center of bed with the doll on top of them. (my Mom's orders).

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