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I really want to wear my mother’s veil to my own wedding, but it’s looking a bit old and stained. Is there a way it can be restored so that it will look clean for my wedding day?
Sally Conant of the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists says: If your mother’s or your grandmother’s wedding gown is just not for you, you can still honor a family member by wearing her vintage bridal veil. Even if the lace-trimmed veil worn by your mother or the Brussels lace veil worn by your grandmother is yellowed and stained, a vintage bridal veil can look like new after bridal veil restoration.
First, it’s important to talk to an expert to find out what the fabrication of the veil is – different materials require different procedures for cleaning and restoration. Worried that the veil is too old? Members of the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists have completed bridal veil restorations on veils made as long ago as 1835.
Many vintage veils are made from variations of Brussels lace such as Point de Gaze, Duchesse, and Princesse as well as combinations of the designs that give these laces their names. All are cotton and can be restored. However, the silk in Blonde lace makes it fragile, and Blonde lace veils may need to be lined with tulle.
Occasionally the tulle or net center panel of bridal veils from the 1920s and 1930s is too damaged to use, but the lace border can be restored and appliquéd onto a new center panel made from a sturdy nylon or polyester net.
Silk illusion, popular in the 1950s and 1960s, is simply too fragile to restore, and it is probably best to copy the original bridal veil in a modern tulle or net.
Luckily as early as the 1960s, designers began making bridal veils from synthetics such as nylon or polyester, and such veils, often trimmed with cotton lace, restore beautifully. Oddly, the cotton lace used to trim a vintage veil will often be more discolored than both silk and synthetic tulle or net, but when restored, the entire veil returns to a uniform color.
Although not every vintage bridal veil can be restored, an expert can tell by looking whether the project will be successful. Bring your vintage wedding accessories to a member of the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists or send an e-mail about your project to us at email@example.com.
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Wedding Dresses by Angel Rivera
I’m wearing a gown that I purchased at a sample sale and there are a few small, barely-visible makeup stains inside the bodice and the hem is a little dusty. Should I just spot-clean the gown or have the entire dress cleaned?
Sally Conant of the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists says: If you want to look perfect on your wedding day, then the answer is yes, do have your entire gown cleaned. Spot cleaning is rarely good enough because sample dresses usually have a little wear and tear throughout. After all, they have been hanging for a while. When you remove a “spot” from such a dress, that area is often brighter than the rest of the gown.
It’s much better to have the entire gown professionally cleaned, and if your gown needs to be altered, be sure to have it cleaned before alterations. Then if there is a little shrinkage or a spot cannot be removed, the problem can be solved in the alterations process.
Some tips for finding the person you can trust to care for your gown:
1. Look for someone who specializes in wedding gowns and does the cleaning in his or her own facility – never someone who sends gowns away for cleaning.
2. Ask if the Specialist has had special training or belongs to a professional association.
3. Ask the Specialist how the beads and other fragile decorations will be protected during the cleaning process.
When your gown has been professionally cleaned and pressed, it will be stuffed with a bodice form as well as tissue to keep it wrinkle-free until the day of the wedding. It will look fresh and bright, perfect for your wedding day. For more tips on gown care, visit the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists.
Post Sponsored by Meet Me in Westchester County, NY
Photo by Tarrytown House and Estate
Whether you’re getting married in the fall, winter, spring or summer, you’ll want to choose a venue that will truly shine. Find your inspiration for planning the perfect wedding for any season at one of the following Westchester County venues.
Renaissance Westchester: The newly renovated Red Oak Mansion allows you to bring the outdoors in by offering elegant dining alongside a beautifully landscaped terrace. The secluded property also features walking trails for your guests to enjoy.
Ritz-Carlton, Westchester: Impress your guests at this urban luxury hotel with panoramic views that stretch from Westchester County to New York City and the Long Island Sound.
Lyndhurst: This venue’s rose garden is in full bloom in the summer months. So beautiful for portraits!
Doral Arrowwood: If golf is your favorite summertime activity, check out this venue which has a beautiful course on site.
Tarrytown House and Estate (pictured above): The Hudson Valley is one of the most beautiful places in the country for fall foliage – see it all at this stunning venue.
Doubletree by Hilton Tarrytown: This hotel is close to many of the fall activities and sites in the Hudson Valley, from the The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze to Sleepy Hollow.
Castle Hotel and Spa: Because, really, what could be more romantic than a winter wedding at a castle?
Sheraton Tarrytown: Your guests will love snuggling in front of the grand fireplace at this hotel.
Post Sponsored by Allure Bridals
Lace, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways! Lace is a classic and feminine fabric for wedding dresses, of course, but it’s also extremely versatile. Many of Allure Bridals‘ gowns feature lace used in unique and gorgeous ways – and whether you’re a super-romantic bride, a glamour girl, a modern sophisticate or a total romantic, there’s an Allure lace gown for you. Check out a few of our favorite lace wedding dresses from Allure Bridals.
Romantic: Head-to-toe lace with classic sleeves is pure wedding romance. We love the slim silhouette and the illusion neckline – so Kate Middleton, and perfect for a springtime garden wedding.
Modern: This gown combines on-trend details (hello, peplum!) with a totally flattering style. The beaded belt highlights the narrowest part of the natural waist, and the v-neckline is so slimming.
Glam: Va-va-voom! The sweetheart neckline and fit-to-flare silhouette are totally sexy, but the stunning lace fabrication keeps things ultra-feminine, too.
Vintage: This slinky style has an Old Hollywood vibe that’s ideal for a Great Gatsby-inspired wedding that’s so hot right now.
And don’t forget your bridesmaids! One of the biggest trends from last season’s bridal market is lace bridesmaid dresses. And no matter what your wedding style is, you’ll find a lace bridesmaid look from Allure Bridesmaids that works perfectly.
Elegant: Hosting a formal wedding? Your ‘maids will look black-tie ready with this gown, which combines a classic illusion neckline with a modern peplum detail.
Versatile: If you’re looking for a dress that would look great on a variety of figures, this v-neck, knee-length style is both stylish and flattering.
Retro: We love the A-line skirt on this dress for a little 1950s flair! Plus, the illusion neckline and cap sleeves provide a little extra coverage.
Sophisticated: This dress is so chic – your bridesmaids will totally want to wear it after the wedding to a cocktail party or out on the town!
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Toni & Ron
Dreams Puerto Aventuras, Riviera Maya
It’s a cold, rainy day here at WeddingWire HQ, and we’re all dreaming of sunshine and warm weather. Luckily, today’s real wedding has transported us to a picturesque secluded beach at Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa, where gorgeous couple Toni and Ronald took their vows in an outdoor pavilion overlooking a turquoise ocean. The reception featured purple decor, romantic lighting, a unique “tree of love,” and lots of laughter and dancing!