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I Had My $9,000 Wedding Gown Cleaned, and It Looks All Wrinkled. What Should I Do?

True story. A recent bride called this morning because she found a care label inside her gown with our number in it. She took her $9,000 Ines di Santo wedding gown to her local dry cleaner, and now “it looks all wrinkled.” Unfortunately I hear the same story all too often, and it is usually because some cleaner who is not familiar with designer gowns has decided to wash the gown in water. Once the gown’s finish has been damaged in that way, the look of the gown can sometimes be improved by a Specialist, but it will never look as beautiful as it once did. Heartbreaking!

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Picking the Bridesmaids Dresses

It is hard to find the ideal bridesmaids dress that works for everyone in your wedding party! When working with bridesmaids, each may have a specific color or style of dress that they feel more comfortable in. One way of skipping all of the dress drama would be to pick a color, and then have different style dresses of that color and allow your bridesmaids to choose themselves. The bridesmaid’s dresses do not have to be identical. Each bridesmaid has a unique body type, and personal style. By letting them pick their own style of bridesmaid dress you can minimize any complaining and disagreeing.

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What Are “Sustainable” Wedding Gown Fabrics?

In effect, “sustainable” means minimal damage to the environment. Organically-grown fibers such as silk, cotton, hemp, ramie, and flax qualify as “green” or “sustainable” fabrics because they are made from plants or silk worms that can be grown and harvested again and again. Many of you know these fabrics and have worn things made them, but to be truly “sustainable” they should be organizally grown without the use of pesticides and fertilizers.

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The Best Bustle

The best bustle is the one that keeps your gown from dragging on the floor, but there are all kinds of bustles, and your seamstress will help you choose the one that suits your gown.

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Bag Versus Box: Which Is Best For Your Bridal Gown?

Plastic bags are the worst possible choice for your wedding dress because plastic emits fumes that can yellow your bridal gown. If you have a bag made from muslin or tyvek, there will be no harmful fumes, but bags are not a particularly good choice for long-term

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Top Ten Things for Preserving Your Gown

When you chose your wedding gown, you could see it was the perfect wedding dress for you, and everyone agreed your wedding gown was just right for you. But after the wedding, how can you find the care that is just right for your bridal gown so it, too, can have a happy ever-after?

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How Can I Find a "Green" Wedding Gown Preservation?

That’s a good question, but there is no quick and easy answer. There are three components in a good wedding gown preservation: a clean dress, archival-quality storage materials, and a safe place to store the container.

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8 Things to Do Before You Say, "I Do"

Make getting dressed in your wedding gown, from head to toe, go smoothly on your wedding day. Most bridal shops press and stuff your wedding gown to prevent wrinkling, but here are some tips about what to do once you take your bridal gown home.

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Where Should I Go to Have My Wedding Gown Cleaned and Preserved?

Several years ago the nationally-syndicated columnist Dear Abby printed a letter from “Duped in California,” who was devastated to find that her wedding gown was NOT in the wedding chest she had always thought was protecting her treasured heirloom. The letter

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Six Things That Can Spoil Your Wedding Day

Drooping bustle: Whether your bridesmaids simply cannot figure out how to fasten your bustle or your wedding dress is very heavy or someone just plain steps on your train, you will wish you had asked for extra hooks or buttons to keep your gown from dragging

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