After the Big Day, the wedding dress is often tucked away until a younger woman in the family asks to see it. Imagine one woman's shock when she discovered that the dress she'd been storing for 26 years wasn't hers.
Kim Jones recently took her wedding dress out of its box for the first time since her 1986 wedding, she told The Tennessean. But Jones and her daughter, Emily, quickly realized that something was amiss when they noticed that the dress had sleeves. Jones' dress didn't.
The mix-up may have happened when Jones' mother took the dress to be dry-cleaned after the wedding; the dress appears the same when looking through the box's clear window, so no one noticed it was actually the wrong one.
Emily hopes her mother's original dress can be returned so she can wear it at her own wedding.
“As the only girl in the family, this is the one thing that my mother had for me," she said. "To find out that it wasn’t hers after all these years was very disappointing."
Jones isn't the first woman to lose her wedding dress. An Iowa woman is looking for the owner of a dress found in the middle of the street, and an Australian bride sold chocolate to raise money for a new dress after hers was lost after a local bridal boutique closed up shop.
It's not just dresses that go missing -- click through the slideshow below for some bizarre lost and found wedding ring stories.
An Idaho woman was reunited with her ring in April 2012, 18 months after she accidentally flushed it down the toilet. Sewage workers found the diamond ring and returned it to its owner, Mechelle Rieger.
Tim Bucher lost his wedding ring in a pond in Decatur, Ill. while fishing with his son in April 2012. He and his wife used the website, LostMyStuff.net to find the ring. A volunteer came to their town and scoured the pond, eventually finding the ring for Bucher.
A wedding ring was discovered inside of a cow's stomach in February 2012 when it landed on a butcher's chopping block. The cow had sucked the ring of a man's hand three-and-a-half years earlier.
Maura Burke lost her wedding ring down the drain of her Braintree, Mass. home in 2010. She had prayed for the ring's return but it never materialized. Then, two years later, city workers found the ring in Braintree's drainage system and returned it to its rightful owner.
Lena Paahlsson lost her wedding ring in her kitchen in Sweden in 1995. Sixteen years later, she and her husband discovered the ring in their garden -- with a carrot growing inside of it. Paahlsson said she believes her ring fell into the sink and got mixed up with vegetable peelings, which were then turned into compost and ended up in her garden.