Sara and Kevin were married at Serra Retreat in Malibu, Calif. on September 1. ‘The venue had beautiful tile and landscaping throughout the property,” Sara said. “The 180-degree ocean view as a backdrop was spectacular too.” The bride loved her lace trumpet wedding gown and Steve Madden sparkling platform peep-toe pumps as well as all the florals, which incorporated her favorite color pink, succulents, and dahlias. Prior to the ceremony, the couple opted to have a first look, but as they were exchanging vows, they opted for a sand ceremony to symbolize their unity. Guests were escorted to reception tables that were named after beaches and asked to sign Kevin’s first surfboard as a kid in lieu of a traditional guest book. The night ended in candlelight with rose petals floating in the fountain, and everyone dancing to the beat of the music.
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.
Cameron and Christopher were married at Coto Valley Country Club in Coto de Caza, Calif. on July 20. “Coto Valley Country Club was the 11th venue we toured, and we just had a surge of energy as we explored the club,” Cameron said. “Once our tour ended, we stood outside amongst the trees and just inhaled the serenity. Christopher and I looked at each other, and I confidently assured him that this club far exceeded all of my expectations, which was relieving to him, because he was feeling the same reaction!” For almost an entire year, the couple handcrafted most of their wedding details. From the map pinwheels that lined the aisle to the “a cord of three strands is not easily broken” unity signage, it brought greater appreciation to the entire day knowing it was something they had created together. The moment they can’t stop thinking about? Their vows! “We each wrote our own vows, but didn’t read them to each other until that moment,” she said. “Hearing the vows for the first time during the ceremony allowed the reactions to be genuine.” During the reception, Cameron and Christopher chose to have their entire wedding party sit with them as well as their dates. “It allowed us to truly be immersed in the festivities of the evening while looking out at all our favorite people,” Cameron said.
If you’re planning a vintage wedding, your decor has to be sweet and subtle. Our favorite blooms to fill antique silver sets, depression glass vases, milk glass vases, and even mason jars? Garden roses, ranunculuses, baby’s breath, hydrangeas. Don’t forget to add mirrors, frames, and lace doilies too. See more centerpieces here.
Lindsey and Jon Paul were married at Cabin Bluff, a hunting retreat, in Woodbine Ga. September 21. After years of being a camp counselor, Lindsey knew she wanted a “glamping” wedding weekend along the Cumberland River. She wore a lace capped-sleeve wedding gown accented with an ivory sash and blue Badgley Mischka peep-toe pumps while Jon Paul wore a gray suit and blue tie to the outdoor ceremony. Going with a rustic theme, a clear frame reception tent was decorated with grapevine balls and twinkling lights overhead and centerpieces included candles in votives surrounded by greenery. There even were tables for the smallest attendants! Each one received a colored place mat, jellybeans, and toys to keep them entertained.