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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.
Dress Designers (from left to right): Kelly Faetanini and Christos
New York Bridal Market‘s Fall 2014 collections were full of wedding dresses that are light, airy, and comfortable — perfect for a destination wedding under the sun with your toes in the sand and ocean as your backdrop. Whether you’re looking for a modern v-neck, casual sweetheart (in green!), or bohemian beaded capped sleeves, here’s a photo gallery of our top 12 favorite beach wedding dresses to inspire you.
Dresses by (clockwise from top left): Augusta Jones, photo by Todd Matarazzo; Allure Bridals, photo by Robert Mitra; Olia Zavozina, photo by Todd Matarazzo; Martina Liana, photo by Robert Mitra
When shopping for a wedding dress, it’s important to consider a gown’s silhouette, details and style, but it’s essential to see how the dress moves. How will the gown look as you walk down the aisle? To help you out with this, we exclusively filmed 10 designer collections from the Fall 2014 New York Bridal Market at Pier 94. From Augusta Jones’ romantic and classic creations to Roz la Kelin‘s regal and flattering gowns, there’s truly something for everyone. Visit our Fashion Ideas section to view all of the videos, and tell us your favorite in the comments!
Dress Designers (from left to right): Eve of Milady and Pnina Tornai
After years of belting out our fave “Miss Independent”-without-him and ”Since You Been Gone” break-up ballads, American Idol songstress Kelly Clarkson officially married talent manager Brandon Blackstock in an intimate Tennessee farm wedding on Oct. 20, 2013. She walked down the aisle wearing Temperley London’s ‘Jessamine’ gown and a Maria Elena headpiece. Not to mention a bouquet full of sunflowers and bluebonnets. Love her romantic meets rock-n-roll look? (We do too!) Here’s a photo gallery of 10 lookalikes you can wear to mimic her style.