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Non-Traditional Winter Wedding Gowns

Posted by Brandi Kane on December 5, 2012


More and more, Today's brides are throwing tradition out the window and choosing to express their own style in their wedding dress.

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Topics: Wedding Dress Care, bridal care blogs, polyester gown, Care Tips

Protecting a Mother of the Bride Dress 14 Months Before the Wedding

Posted by David Whitehurst on February 2, 2012



I have my mother of the bride gown but the wedding is 14 months away...what should I do to keep the gown in perfect shape with no color fading?

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Topics: mother of the bride dresses, brides maids dresses, bridal care blogs, Alterations

Four “Musts” For Mother of The Bride Dresses

Posted by Sherry Whitehurst on April 7, 2011

Little girls dream of growing up and dressing like their mothers.  Once this day finally comes and the little girl is a woman making decisions for her wedding dress and her own special day, the bride’s mother is still an important figure and should dress like one!


However, many women clash with their daughters over what to wear.  It’s an important issue, as the mother will be in pictures and a prominent figure in the front row.  

All eyes will be on the bride throughout the ceremony, but the mother will definitely be seen.  Most women know not to wear white, cream, or ivory as it makes her look like she’s trying to steal the bride’s spotlight.  But other than this, no-no it’s hard to know which direction to proceed. 


Here are my suggestions for dealing with this issue:


  1. Mother of the bride dresses should be chosen after the bride and brides' maids pick their dresses. While many older moms think they should choose some sort of staid suit in a drab color, this absolutely doesn’t have to be the case.
  2. Mother of the bride dresses should match the bridal party’s dress in level of formality, but doesn’t have to match in style or color. As long as the dress complements rather than clashes with the colors of the day, it won’t appear out of place.
  3. Make sure the dress is tasteful, and coordinate with the mother of the groom so that you neither appear like twins or at total odds with one another.  In some settings and on the right person, a classy black gown could be stunning rather than funeral-like.
  4. Dress like you normally would in the sense that you want to show off your features.  If it’s warm out and you have nice arms, consider strapless.  If the wedding is less formal and you’ve still got legs that rival your daughter’s, don’t go for a floor-length gown.  

Have fun and dress like the fabulous mother of the bride that you are!





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Topics: mother of the bride dresses, bridal care blogs, Wedding Gown Specialist

Is Washing a Wedding Dress The Day of the Wedding Safe?

Posted by David Whitehurst on March 4, 2011

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Topics: wedding dress cleaning Birmingham Alabama, Wedding Dress Care, bridal care blogs, wedding gwon care

Should I Clean My Wedding Dress Before the Wedding?

Posted by Brandi Kane on October 8, 2010

I Am Asked Often About The Need For Cleaning a Wedding Dress Before The Wedding. 

The answer is simple...but maybe it's just too obvious for the Bride who wants her wedding gown to look perfect.

If you bought a new dress and you don't have dirt, grass stains or other "junk" on your wedding dress, you should NOT need to get it cleaned before your wedding.

However, almost every wedding gown (new or not) worn outside for pictures will have dirt or grass stains around the hem. It's almost impossible to avoid this problem if you wear your dress outside.  A wedding photographer from Birmingham I was talking to recently told me that he tells all of his brides to expect dirt and grass stains on their wedding dress whenever making outside pictures.

If you just have a little dirt or grass stain on the hem, especially on the under side of the gown, you can either forget it or work on it yourself. Remember, the attention will be on YOU during your wedding, not on the hem of your wedding dress.

If your wedding gown is polyester, follow this link to an earlier blog post on getting grass stains out of polyester wedding gowns.  Don't try to remove the stains from a silk dress yourself.  Most people don't have the right ingredients or knowledge and can easily damage silk wedding gowns.  Polyester wedding gowns are much more forgiving.  Of course, a qualified Wedding Gown Specialist can help you with stains on your dress...but make sure the dry cleaner is experienced with wedding gowns. 

If you bought a second-hand wedding gown, such as a consignment shop gown or a bridal shop sample gown, you can judge of how clean it is.  Our experience has been that we can really make the white wedding gown brighter if it been on display and handled for several months.

You might be pleasantly surprised at how helpful in removing stains (before your wedding) a wedding gown specialist might be if you agree to have your gown cleaned and preserved after your wedding.  I know we have a special program for Birmingham area Brides, our Gown Protection Plan, to help with stain removal before the wedding.  We also offer a special price when cleaning a wedding gown before and after the wedding.


Protect Your Wedding Dress In Birmingham, Alabama BeforeYour Wedding With Our own Gown Protection Plan. For only $35.00 we'll help you keep your wedding gown looking great.

Learn about our Gown Protection Plan here.

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Topics: wedding gown cleaning and preservation, wedding dress cleaning, wedding dress cleaning Birmingham Alabama, wedding dress preservations, wedding gown preservation in Birmingham Alabama, bridal care blogs

How To Remove Grass Stains From A Wedding Dress

Posted by David Whitehurst on June 18, 2010

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Topics: wedding gown cleaning and preservation, dry cleaner, wedding dress preservations, wedding dress, wedding memories, wedding gown preservation in Birmingham Alabama, brides, bridal care blogs

Questions on Wedding Dress Alterations...A Hem in One Week?

Posted by David Whitehurst on April 26, 2010


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Topics: brides maids dresses, wedding gown alterations in Birmimgham Alabama, wedding dress alterations, wedding dress alterations in Birmingham Alabama, bridesmaids dresses, bridal gown alterations in birmimgham alabama, bridal care blogs

Three Web Sites That Can Change Your Wedding Memories

Posted by David Whitehurst on April 17, 2010


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Topics: wedding gown cleaning and preservation, wedding gown preservation, wedding dress, wedding memories, wedding gown preservation in Birmingham Alabama, bridal care blogs

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