Preserving Your Wedding Gown

Perhaps the most exciting and anticipated detail of the wedding planning is selecting your dream wedding dress, but what happens after its moment in the spotlight? Don’t neglect your beautiful gown after your nuptials are through. Instead, consider having the dress preserved so it can be enjoyed for years to come.

What is dress preservation?

Specialists meticulously clean your garment, ridding it of any stains from the wedding day, and then carefully package it to ensure that it doesn’t yellow over time or get damaged in any way. After assessing the gown’s specific details, including materials used, decorative embellishments, and stains, a cleaning specialist will determine a specific cleaning method for the gown. The dress is then wrapped in safe materials—typically acid-free tissue paper or unbleached muslin—and placed inside a sealed box.

Why should you preserve your dress?

Not only did you spend major bucks on your wedding gown, it also carries the significance of your special day. By preserving a gown, you eliminate the threat of it becoming yellow, permanently stained, wrinkled, or misshapen. A preserved wedding gown can also be used later in life, whether for a vow renewal ceremony or for your own daughter’s nuptials.

When should you preserve your dress?

Professionals recommend that you have the dress cleaned and preserved as soon as possible after the wedding. This will ensure that stains are treated quickly and efficiently before having time to set and that the dress will not face the chance of becoming ruined or damaged in any way.

Who should preserve your dress?

To guarantee that your dress is handled professionally, make sure you select a specialist in wedding gown preservation. While many dry cleaners will boast wedding gown cleaning services, not all of them are created equally. Speak to a salesperson at the boutique where you purchased your dress and find a recommendation, or scour the internet for reviews on local vendors.

How much does it cost?

Prices may vary depending on a number of factors, such as intensity or number of stains, dress fabric, and city of the cleaners, but on average, you can expect to pay between $200-400 to have dresses cleaned and boxed.

Are there any alternatives?

If you don’t want to foot the bill to have your gown professionally preserved, or you simply don’t care about keeping it, there are a few alternative options. For starters, you can try to package the dress yourself by wrapping it in a white sheet and storing it in a sturdy box. Some brides opt for a “trash the dress” ritual where gowns are destroyed after the wedding (either by fire, water, or simply rolling in the mud) and the affair is captured on film. Lastly, if you want to actually use your wedding gown again, why not have it dyed and shortened into a cocktail dress. Many wedding boutiques and designers offer this as a service who want to re-purpose their gowns.

Wedding Dress Creator

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If you flip through a wedding magazine, you will notice there are endless styles and options for wedding dresses. You have to find a dress that fits your personal style, wedding theme, and body type. The online wedding dress creator lets you create your dream look from head to toe. It even lets you test out the look with your skin tone and hair color. You can also use the site to play with bridesmaid looks. Here are a few tips for using the wedding dress creator.

Read the neckline guide and the silhouette guide. The guides not only tell you the names of the different styles, but they also offer advice on choosing a style that will work on your body type.

Read “Wedding Color Theory.” It would be nice if choosing your wedding colors was as simple as picking your favorite color, but there are a lot of factors to consider to make sure your wedding colors look as great you imagined.

Involve your bridesmaids. They can offer feedback on your favorite designs and help create bridesmaids looks.

Print out or save your looks. You can take these pictures to the dress store, florist, hair salon, etc.

 

 

 

 

Alfred Angelo Disney Fairy Tale Collection

Were you one of those little girls obsessed with being a princess? Did you long to look like Cinderella or Belle or Ariel or any of the other Disney princesses? If so, you should check out the Alfred Angelo Disney Fairy Tale Collection. Here are just a few reasons why we are obsessed with this collection.

It has all of our favorites.

The collection includes seventeen bridal gowns inspired by Disney princesses. Whether you wanted to be the redheaded mermaid or the long-haired Rapunzel, these gowns will make you feel like the princess you always longed to be.

You won’t actually look like the Disney princesses.

Don’t worry. You won’t actually be wearing seashells or a bright blue ball gown. Instead, the dresses are gorgeous white gowns “inspired” by the Disney princesses. For instance, the Cinderella gowns feature full skirts while the Ariel gowns are mermaid style.

There are more than just bridal gowns.

In addition to the bridal gowns, the Fairy Tale collection features maiden dresses, veils, and flower girl dresses. Every aspect of your wedding can have the magical charm of a Disney fairy tale.

 

 

Vendor Spotlight: Ines Di Santo

Ines Di Santo, one of the world’s most esteemed designers of evening gowns and bridal couture, combines years of education and experience with impeccable taste to create romantic, luxurious, and sophisticated gowns as unique as the bride herself. The Italian-born designer studied fashion across Europe and South America before establishing herself as one of the foremost bridal designers in the world. Known for creating breathtaking and sophisticated silhouettes that pair flawlessly tailored bodices with full, layered skirts, Ines Di Santo creates gowns designed to flatter, highlight, and enhance the female body. Brides can opt to have Di Santo design a wholly original gown for the big day, or choose to have a signature design customized and tailored to fit their personal style. Each dress is individually handcrafted in Toronto by a team of skilled seamstresses and hand beaders, using the most luxurious lace, silk, tulle, and embroidery, with production overseen by Di Santo herself to uphold the highest standards of excellence. Marked by romantic detailing, signature draping and hand-ruching, and luxurious femininity, Ines Di Santo’s couture gowns have been featured in bridal magazines around the world and can be purchased at high-end retailers such as Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus.

Brides that love Ines Di Santo’s commitment to elegance and excellence, but who are hoping for a more youthful flair, should look no further than the esteemed designer’s daughter, Veronica Di Santo. The up-and-coming designer has worked alongside her mother since the age of 5 and has created her own line of wedding dresses, inspired by couture trends around the world. Creating a contemporary alternative to her mother’s opulent classics, Veronica’s line of dresses adds a relaxed, youthful sophistication to the world of bridal couture.

5 Unusual Places to Find a Wedding Dress

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5 Unusual Places to Find a Wedding Dress

Wedding gowns can range in cost from several hundred to several thousand dollars. While some brides have no problem spending a lot of money on a dress, other brides don’t have the funds or desire to buy an expensive gown. For those brides on a budget, there are options that can save you money. Here are five unusual places you can find a wedding dress.

Online

Online stores are a great place to find deals. Prices are often lower because it costs the business less money to operate. You can also find used dresses online. A good place to begin your search is Ebay. There you can find both new and used gowns.

Thrift Stores and Consignment Shops

Since bridal gowns are only worn once, they are typically in good shape after the wedding day. It will require some searching, but you might be able to find a pretty dress at a thrift store or consignment shop. To make it your own, you can add embellishments and make alternations.

Dry Cleaners

Most dry cleaners have a rack of items that were never picked up. To purchase, you typically have to pay the cleaning cost, which is usually $8-$20. Occasionally, brides will take their dress to get cleaned but forget to pick it up.

Friends and Family

Most relatives and close friends would be more than happy to let you wear their dress. After all, it is simply sitting in a closet or attic anyway. This is a great way to honor someone who is important to you. If they are willing to let you, you can add embellishments or make alternations to make the dress your own.

Department Stores

Most brides turn to bridal stores to shop for their dress, but who says you have to wear a “bridal” gown. You can find beautiful dresses in normal clothing stores. If you want to spruce up a simple dress, you can add embellishments.

We’d love to know, would you ever consider purchasing your wedding dress from one of these unusual places?

White Dresses at a Wedding: Love or Hate?

The old rule is that it is rude to wear white to someone else’s wedding. The bride should be the only person wearing white. But Kim Kardashian recently let all of her bridesmaids and guests break this rule. For her wedding, Kim Kardashain asked all of her guests to wear black and white, and her bridesmaids all wore stunning white dresses. Many people are now wondering if the old rule is still relevant.

When to go white…

If you are a bride who is daring and confident, white bridesmaid dresses may be for you. This look bends the rules and takes some of the attention off of the bride. Allowing your guests to wear white is even more of a risk. This move suggests that you are extremely confident. This look can work if it meshes with your overall theme. For instance, Kim Kardashian had a black and white theme.

When to skip the white…

If you are traditional, you should be the only person wearing white, which symbolizes purity, virtue, happiness and joy. If you like the black and white theme, you could have the bridesmaids and guest wear black dresses and accessorize with white. This would keep the attention on your gown and compile with traditional styles.

When guests can wear white…

As a guest, only wear white if the bride says to. Many people still believe that wearing white to a wedding is tacky and rude. However, if the bride asks the guests to show up in certain attire, it is typically best to listen to the bride’s instructions.

If you like white bridesmaid dresses, you can find a variety of options available online and in stores. Styles range from simple cocktail dresses to full-length, fully embellished gowns.

Tell us, do you love or hate the idea of white bridesmaid gowns?

 

Should You Buy a Reception Dress?

After you spend all that money on wedding dress you have to wear it all night, right? Not necessarily. Some brides choose to change into a reception dress once the party gets started. A reception dress is typically a shorter, usually just above the knee, white dress. However, you could choose to wear a different color if you wished. It depends on how you want to look on your wedding day.

Is a reception dress right for you?

Reception dresses aren’t for everyone. Before shelling out another $100 to $600 plus on another white dress, consider these questions.

Do I love my wedding dress so much that I want to wear it all night?

Will I get uncomfortable in the wedding dress? (Consider length, heaviness, and restrictions.)

Do I want to change into a dress that will be more comfortable to dance in?

What do I want to be wearing in my wedding photos? (Consider the garter toss, cake cutting, and dancing photos.)

Is there money in my wedding budget for a reception dress?

Where to Find a Reception Dress

Where you purchase a reception dress depends on your style and budget. Reception dresses can be simple, white cocktail dresses or extravagant gowns with bedding and lace. They are also available in a wide range of prices. Here are just a few stores to consider.

Department Stores – Most department stores have a dress section. You may be able to find a white cocktail dress or be able to order a dress in white.

Bridal Stores – Many bridal stores carry reception dresses. They also carry cocktail dresses or short bridesmaids’ dresses. Sometimes these are available in white.

Online – There are tons of online stores that offer reception dresses or dresses available in white. Be sure to check reviews and return policies before ordering. Check out BHLDN.

Whatever you decide to wear, make sure you feel beautiful. You don’t want to spend the night uncomfortable and self-conscious, and don’t be afraid to bend the rules. Just because you are bride doesn’t mean you have to spend the night in a long, white gown.

 

Wedding Day Necessities

Wedding Day Necessities

Wedding Day NecessitiesRegardless of what time of day your wedding will be held, the fabulous wedding shoes you purchased, and whether you’re doing your own hair and makeup or hiring a professional, there are a few wedding day essentials that you won’t be able to live without! Avoid pre-wedding disasters by packing a kit of necessities (or delegate the task out to the maid of honor or close friend). Don’t forget these Wedding Day Necessities.

Hair Maintenance: Whether you’re styling your coif yourself or bringing in a professional hair guru, make sure you bring along hair care products for touch-ups throughout the day. Regardless of how perfectly your noodle nest is styled, hair mishaps can happen during your commute to the ceremony/reception sites or during outdoor photo shoots. Be sure to pack some extra hairspray, bobby pins, and a brush or comb to fix unruly tresses.

Make-up Kit: Be sure to come equipped with make-up essentials for touch-ups all day long. Most important is powder to eliminate shine and concealer to cover up blemishes. Also, be sure to keep some extra lipstick/lip gloss, waterproof mascara, and nail polish with you at all times.

Hygiene Products: It’s better to be safe than sorry! Bring along a small container of deodorant, dental floss, tissue, perfume, q-tips, feminine hygiene products, and breath mints to avoid unpleasant mishaps.

Dress Prep: Avoid dress disasters by packing items needed for repairs. Be sure to have a small sewing kit with you for any unfortunate accidents, as well as hem tape, safety pins, double-sided tape, static cling spray, spot remover, chalk (to cover stains on the wedding dress), and scissors. Finding Your Dream Wedding Dress.

Back-ups: It never hurts to have a backup, especially on your wedding day. Pack an extra pair of pantyhose, earrings (and backs), hair clips, and even shoes, just in case.

Sustenance: Most likely, you’re going to be feeling an overwhelming mix of emotions on your wedding day, from excitement to nervousness to last-minute stress, and such anxiety can diminish your appetite, but it’s essential that you have something in your stomach. Pack some bottled water and snacks to make sure you, and all of your bridesmaids, don’t get weak or light-headed.

Miscellany: In addition to your beauty essentials, bring along some additional items for any unforeseen circumstances. Pack some aspirin and band-aids, tweezers, nail file, camera, cell phone charger, cash (just in case), handheld mirror, matches/lighter, and scotch tape.

Bridal Beauty Kit

Bridesmaid Dresses

We’ve all seen the movie 27 Dresses.  Katherine Heigl’s portrayal of a professional bridesmaid was too funny not to love, as was the closet jam packed of not-so-lovely looking bridesmaids dresses.  So to offer our support to bridesmaids around the world, we’re highlighting a few of our favorite not-so-typical places to get bridesmaids dresses.  Because who says bridesmaids dresses need to come from bridal boutiques?

Nordstrom: Though this big retailer is no secret, it is somewhat of a secret in the bridesmaid world.  Nordstrom has one of the biggest and best selections of dresses out there, and they have even separated dresses that may be great contenders for your attendants.  Now these aren’t exclusive bridal collections, but they are dresses in beautiful colors, flattering shapes, and varying price points, perfect for outfitting a group of girls.  An added bonus is Nordstrom’s incredible customer service that will likely be a big help as your bridesmaids find just the right size, color, and Nordstrom store.

J.Crew: First lady, Michelle Obama, isn’t the only one loving J.Crew these days, so are bridesmaids!  J.Crew has grown their bridal line in recent years, and bridesmaids everywhere are rejoicing.  Many of their dresses allow girls to pick the style of their dress, keeping the same color and fabric as the other bridesmaids.  And what bridesmaid doesn’t love the freedom to choose something flattering?  And for the bride wanting one-stop shopping for her bridesmaids’ shoes and jewelry, J.Crew has you covered.

Modcloth: This online-only retailer is perfect for the bride having a garden-party wedding, an afternoon ceremony, or a less formal affair.  Modcloth carries retro and indie clothing and has a dress selection that covers anything your vintage inspired heart could desire.  Dreamy fabrics, pretty florals, and fluttering shapes fill their store and make definite bridesmaid dress potential, especially for the bride who wants a bit more a less-traditional approach.  Another bonus is the price.  Modcloth’s dresses start at $20.  And what bridesmaid doesn’t love that?

See below for some great selections from Modcloth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finding Your Dream Wedding Dress

He asked, you said yes, and now you need to find the perfect dress. Wedding dress shopping can be one of the most exciting and fun times of your planning process, but without the right preparation, it can be a complete nightmare. Avoid the perils of wedding dress drama by following these simple steps:

Plan Ahead: Eliminate added stress from your dress shopping by planning it out carefully. Set aside plenty of time, early in the wedding planning process, to go dress shopping, giving yourself ample time to think about your decision before making a purchase. Even when ordered from bridal warehouses, wedding gowns can take weeks or months to get ordered and shipped, plus they’ll undoubtedly need alterations leading up to the wedding, so make sure you start your dress shopping as early as possible.

Do Your Homework: Flip through bridal magazines or websites to get an idea of different dress styles and designers that interest you so you know what you want to try on. Also, it’s a smart idea to do some research on the bridal shops (warehouse and boutiques) in your area, noting their hours and whether or not appointments are required, and map out a plan of attack. It’s a smart idea to visit several stores to view dresses of different styles and price points so you can find your dream dress and stick to your budget.

Bring the Necessities: When heading out for a day of dress shopping, there are a few essentials that you should always have with you. First of all, be sure to bring along the proper undergarments (in white or nude) for trying on dresses with varying necklines. Also, it’s helpful to have a pair of heels in the same height you plan to wear on the wedding day, as well as any jewelry or headpieces/veils you might be considering to see the overall effect with the dress. A camera is a crucial piece of equipment in order to snap shots of your favorite gowns to reference later when trying to make your decision. Last but not least, the most important thing you can bring along is a trusted friend or relative (or several) to give you honest feedback about each gown.

Be Open: You might have your heart set on a strapless princess gown, only to fall in love with a form fitting sheath. As great as it is to have an idea of what you like, be open to the possibility of discovering and loving something totally different. When you go dress shopping, try a variety of gowns, taking recommendations from the salesperson, to ensure that you’re getting the absolute perfect gown for your big day.

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