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Ready to start scoping out the dress of your dreams? After you book an appointment, it’s crucial you start gathering inspiration, whether that’s from our photo galleries, E-magazines, or even fashion ideas, and consulting this helpful checklist on what you need to know before you say yes. Key things to keep in mind: your date, type of venue, your budget, what works best for you body figure, and sizing.
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My wedding is in a location far from where I live, so I have to travel with my wedding gown. What is the best way to transport my gown while ensuring that it stays in prime condition for the big day?
Sally Conant of the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists says: Whether you’re traveling near or far, it’s important to pack your wedding gown properly. Here are some of the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists’ top tips for how to travel with your wedding gown.
How to Pack a Wedding Gown: Pack your wedding gown in a box or suitcase lined with tissue paper. Fold the gown neatly and buffer each fold with tissue paper to prevent creases. Make sure you use ample tissue paper to stuff the bodice of the gown and cushion any bows or sleeves. If your gown is beaded with prongs, put tissue over the prongs so that there are no snags. Once the suitcase or box is packed, the gown should not move when you shake the box.
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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.