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What Style Wedding Dress are Your Looking For- Fall/Winter 2015 Bridal Dresses

Posted by Champion Wedding Gown Specialist on October 23, 2015

Weddings… our whole lives seem centred around them. For a girl, there is no bigger event in her life than the time that she walks down the aisle. Surrounded family and peers, the bride is the centre of attention while the spot lights are fixed on the Wedding Dress.

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Topics: Bridal Gowns, wedding gowns, wedding dress, Fall Wedding

The Perfect Rustic Charm Wedding

Posted by Champion Wedding Gown Specialist on July 23, 2015

Rustic Charm is the theme: Your homespun wedding is the perfect style for late summer early fall, creating the feel of the end of summer and new beginnings in the fall. The smells of summer have begun to fade and your look forward to the country, apple pie and apple cider.

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Topics: Bridal Gowns, Wedding Planing, Wedding theme, Summer Wedding, Rustic Wedding, Brimingham Wedding, Wedding Ideas, Fall Wedding

What's Your Wedding Style? Part One: Classic

Posted by Brandi Kane on March 18, 2013

What's your Wedding Style?  Being able to answer this one question will help you shape your entire wedding from start to finish.

Classic and Traditional Weddings are the most Common.  In 2012, 64% of all weddings were in this category.  Though non-traditional weddings are on the rise, Classic weddings are definitely the most popular. 

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Topics: Bridal Gowns, Wedding Dress Colors, Wedding Gown Styles, wedding dress cleaning, wedding dress cleaning Birmingham Alabama, wedding dress, Birmingham wedding planning, Cleaning & Pressing

Wedding Dress Bustle-How to Choose the Right One

Posted by Brandi Kane on January 9, 2013

Choosing the Best Wedding Dress Bustle will depend on your own tastes and the composition of the gown.  Become familiar with your options.

The wedding gown is the most important piece of finery a young bride will ever wear.  Every detail should be perfect; every square inch should sit just right.  This is especially important regarding bustles.  While the gown itself is a fashion statement, the bustle can completely change the look of a gown.  The difficult part is deciding how to bustle your gown for maximum functionality and style.  Decide what your alteration budget is and let that be a starting point for which types of bustles are an option.  Simple bustles on light fabrics can be as cheap as $20 or more extravagant bustles on heavy or delicate fabrics can be $200 or more.

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Topics: Bridal Gowns, wedding dress alterations, bridal gown alterations in birmimgham alabama, Alterations

Guide To Picking The Perfect Wedding Dress - The Silhouette

Posted by Brandi Kane on October 12, 2012

Each Women is made differently but there are a few basic Body Types most women have.  Before deciding on a Silhouette, make sure you know which Body Type you have.  If you haven't done so, you can refer to our Body Type Guide by clicking here.

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Topics: Bridal Gowns, bridal gown alterations in birmimgham alabama, Birmingham wedding planning, Alterations

Guide To Picking The Perfect Wedding Dress- The Neckline

Posted by Brandi Kane on October 2, 2012


Every woman has a different figure, but there are a few figure Body Types that you could probably be classified into.

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Topics: Bridal Gowns, wedding dress alterations, wedding gown silhouettes, Alterations

Cleaning A Silk Wedding Dress

Posted by David Whitehurst on August 28, 2012

 Don't let mishandling destroy your perfect dress!

A simple Google search can locate hundreds of ways to clean a Silk Wedding Dress.  I’ve seen sites saying that it’s ok to use everything from baby shampoo to vegetable oil, Woolite to hair conditioner.  Sometimes these methods may very well work, and sometimes they don’t.  Is it worth the risk?

Types of Silk

First we need to understand that not all silk is created equal.  There are wild silks, cultivated silks, and even synthetic silks.

Wild silks are much more expensive and labor intensive therefore aren’t as common. They usually have to be carded as wild silks almost always start as smaller strands. 

Cultivated silks are able to be processed mechanically, or in one long strand so aren’t quite so pricey. 

Synthetic silks are really nylon or lyocell, a type of cellulose fiber similar to cotton. 

Wild and Cultivated Silks are an organic protein fiber but there are also synthetic silks that can still be called “100% Silk.”

Your gown may also be several layers. This is important to think about as not all the layers may be silk. Certain silks can shrink up to 8% just from being wet!  It’s for this reason that silk fabric should be prewashed prior to construction of any garment, but sadly that’s not always the case.   Is each layer silk?  If you have tulle layers, cotton layers, synthetic layers, etc… each will shrink differently.   It’s very easy to see how a gown that was a “perfect fit” before washing can feel not quite right afterwards. 

 The details are the most fragile part of the dress.

Beading and decorations like lace and rhinestones make the cleaning process even more difficult.  Not only can you accidently destroy the decorations by attempting DIY Silk Wedding Gown Cleaning, but the decorations can destroy the silk fibers of the dress itself through agitation regardless if it’s by hand or machine.  Oftentimes the compositon of the detailing of a dress will have to be considered carefully before cleaning. Certain chemicals can dissolve plastic pearls or beads. 

Our Certified Wedding Gown Specialists here at Champion Cleaners in Birmingham Alabama suggest letting a professional clean your Silk Wedding Dress.  This is why:

  • Each type of silk is different on a molecular level.  Different types require different processes. 
  • Silk fibers are 20% weaker when wet and must be handled with the upmost care
  • Most often, dry cleaning formulas are better suited to clean silk gowns than water
  • Silk has poor elasticity.  If your gown is incorrectly handled and fibers are elongated they will remain stretched.  Ever hung a wet sweater on a wire hanger?  You know those little tufts that occur on your shoulders from the hanger?  That is a visible identifier of fiber elongation.  If any “tufts” occur on your dress, they will stay there.
  • As true silk is an organic compound, just like anything organic, it will decompose.  Sunlight can weaken the fibers on a cellular level or it can become a buffet for insects.  Proper handling ensures that the silk remains virile and strong for years to come.
  • Silk is a poor conductor of electricity and thus is prone to static cling.  Home washing almost always creates triboelectric charging or contact electrification.  This means layers will tend to stick together more or even stick to your legs and that flowy feeling of most dresses will be minimized or gone.

A Wedding Gown is often the most important and most expensive garment you’ll ever buy so don’t risk destroying your investment.  Leave the cleaning in the capable hands of our Wedding Gown Specialists in Birmingham, Alabama.

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Topics: Bridal Gowns, wedding dress cleaning, wedding dress cleaning Birmingham Alabama, Silk Wedding Dresses, Cleaning & Pressing

Emergency Wedding Gown Stain Care

Posted by David Whitehurst on May 5, 2011


Your wedding gown is likely the finest dress you'll evey wear.  But with all the festivities surrounding a wedding, your gown will be exposed to more than it's share of stains.

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Topics: Bridal Gowns, wedding dress stains, Wedding Dresses, wedding gown care

Five More Wedding Dress Trends for 2011

Posted by David Whitehurst on April 29, 2011

Last week we talked about five wedding dress styles that have exploded in popularity this year, but maybe you didn’t like any of them or you want more options before you choose. Fortunately, here are five more choices for you to consider!


Beading has always been popular on wedding dresses, but this year designers seem to be taking the idea to a whole new level.  Consider last week’s suggestion of a large bow on the shoulder and cover it with beads, or imagine a sash or belt-like design around the waist made entirely of beads.  Some designers will cover straps or a couple inches around the neckline with beading, and instead of being garish it can look absolutely stunning.

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Topics: Bridal Gowns, wedding gown, Wedding Dresses

Five Wedding Dress Trends for 2011

Posted by David Whitehurst on April 23, 2011

Styles tend to come and go, and those for bridal gowns are no different.  Certain styles are coming back from the past, while others are building upon recent styles and going even further.

Designers are trying to pull out all of their tricks to get brides to choose their dresses, and this means that brides can pick from tons of styles!

Ruffles Are Definitely In

Ruffles are huge right now, and huge ruffles are perfect for brides who want to make a splash.  Most ruffled bridal gowns have a ton of layers and extremely full skirts, and can work with a ton of different necklines. Here is a link to a recent article on choosing a wedding dress neckline style right for you.

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Topics: Bridal Gowns, Bridal Gown Ruffles, Bridal Gown 1950s Style

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