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Destinations and the Wedding Dress

Posted by Champion Wedding Gown Specialist on April 30, 2017

There are several destination weddings that occur here in Alabama. Champion Wedding Gown Specialists, winner of The Best in Services award 3 years in a row, focuses on making life easier for the brides pre, during and post wedding day. 

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Basic Wedding Dress Alterations

Posted by David Whitehurst on August 17, 2012

Give the Perfect Dress the Perfect Fit.

You finally found your wedding dress. You put it on and knew this was the One. Congratulations! Now, it's time to bring your dress in for wedding gown alterations to turn the dress you found in the bridal shop into the dress made just for you.

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Topics: wedding dress repairs Birmingham Alabama, wedding gown alterations in Birmimgham Alabama, wedding dress alterations in Birmingham Alabama, Alterations

Using An Experienced Dressmaker When Altering A Wedding Gown

Posted by David Whitehurst on April 16, 2012

 

What makes a wedding gown so special?

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Topics: wedding gown alterations in Birmimgham Alabama, wedding dress alterations in Birmingham Alabama, bridal gown alterations in birmimgham alabama, Alterations

Stretch The Wedding Budget With A Pre-Owned Wedding Dress

Posted by David Whitehurst on March 2, 2012

 

It seems like you've got it all - the guy (he's fabulous!), the ring (amazing!), the date (perfect!) and the budget (not quite what you were hoping for...). Fortunately, there are ways to stretch that wedding budget to make sure your wedding day really is a dream. One of the easiest ways to save is your wedding gown.

 


Yes, it's your day and you want to look like a princess, and you will. Have you considered a pre-owned wedding dress?  It's an easy way to get a fabulous dress for less, and with a few alterations, it will look like it was made just for you. 

A pre-owned wedding dress might be one from your mother, your sister or one you purchased elsewhere. You can save plenty on pre-owned wedding dress.  And you can even sell it again after your wedding and recover at least part of your investment.  Of course, many brides prefer to preserve their wedding dress for a daughter or daughter in law to eventually wear.

There are several sources for pre-owned wedding dresses from your local consignment shop to a number of Internet sites.  One such Internet site is preownedweddingdresses.com.

Almost every bride needs professional alterations for a pre-owned wedding dress to get the right fit. You tailor your formal dresses, your pants, even your jeans, so wedding gown alterations should certainly be expected so you'll look your best on your wedding day and those pictures that you'll enjoy for many years to come.

While your tailor may do an excellent job on many everyday items, wedding gown alterations require a specialized level of skill.  Seek out a seamstress or dressmaker who specializes in wedding gown alterations for the best result.

Don't forget that the stress of the wedding will often result in weight loss or gain.  Try to maintain your weight after your alterations are complete.  This is why many brides want to wait until just before the wedding or photographs to get the alterations.  Make sure your wedding gown specialist will work with you on your schedule.

We handle last minute wedding dress alterations in Birmingham, Alabama all the time.  A week or less and we can complete most basic alterations like hems.  More extensive alterations and those involving beads, zippers, etc, can require more time and fittings.

Consider a pre-owned wedding dress as an easy way to free up some of that wedding budget to be spent on rings, food, flowers or the honeymoon with that perfect guy. 

Need Help With A Pre-Owned Wedding Dress in Birmigham?

Alterations | Cleaning | Pressing | Preservation | Restoration

Champion Wedding Gown Specialist
2548 Rocky Ridge Road, Birmingham, AL 35243
205.588.4120
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Topics: wedding dress alterations in Birmingham Alabama, preowned wedding dresses, Used Wedding Gowns, Alterations

Alterations for Plus Size Wedding Dresses

Posted by David Whitehurst on December 17, 2011


A wedding is the one day a woman wants to feel her most beautiful and should be radiating confidence with every camera flash and champagne toast. A comfortably fitting wedding dress will reflect the self-assured glow from within, but an ill-fitting gown can be distracting and make you feel unattractive. As you shop for your dress, keep in mind that wedding gown alterations are key to flawless memories.

Although wedding dresses are made in a wide range of sizes and designed for multiple body types, it is still important that it fits your unique shape. A wedding dress must fit snugly and loosely in all of the right places in order to flow properly and, unlike more casual garments, problem areas cannot be concealed with a few safety pins or an oversized belt. The gown must be comfortable enough to wear for several hours through dances, bouquet tosses and photos with friends. Since all eyes will be on you, and you’ll have the pictures to prove it, it is important that your dress fit perfectly.

Buying a designer dress off the rack rarely means a perfect fit for anyone, let alone a woman with curves. Being a plus size bride, however, should not hold you back from having the dress of your dreams. Wedding dress alterations specialists including dressmakers and experienced seamstresses have all sorts of tricks up their sleeves to transform an ill fitting dress into a dream wedding gown.

Three things to keep in mind when buying a plus-size wedding dress 

  • Extensive wedding dress alterations can be extremely time consuming and multiple visits require a larger budget.  Try to get a close fit...but don't expect a proper fit off the rack.
  • It is usually easier to take in your dress than let is out. My suggestion is to choose a dress that fits the largest part of your body first and plan on taking in the dress in the other areas. 
  • Chat with your seamstress or dressmaker about your wedding gown alterations several months in advance (or at least as early as possible) to be sure you will look and feel your very best on your wedding day.

When buying a plus-size wedding dress (as with any size), check your ego at the door.  Most wedding dresses run in smaller sizes than traditional clothing today.  Don't be shocked at needing a larger size than you expect.  Just be comfortable in your dress, get the right fit and look great for your wedding.

Get Wedding Dress Alterations from a Specialist. 

From simple hems, to adding a bustle, altering the bodice to a redesign of a vintage gown.  We can do it and you can relax.

Call 205.588.4120 for an appointment

Learn more about our wedding dress alterations services here from

Champion Wedding Gown Specialist
2548 Rocky Ridge Road
Birmingham, Alabama 35243
 
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Topics: wedding gown alterations in Birmimgham Alabama, wedding dress alterations in Birmingham Alabama, alterations for plus siz wedding dresses, Alterations

The Benefits Of Wedding Dress Preservation To A Green Wedding

Posted by David Whitehurst on September 8, 2011

Wedding Dress Preservation Is A Great Way To Protect The Earth.

Weddings have always been fashionable events, from the sparkling decorations to the bride's stunning wedding dress.  It is only recently, however, that “going green” started to come into fashion.  More people than ever are starting to take steps to reduce their carbon footprint, and brides are hopping on the eco-train, as well!

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Topics: wedding dress preservation, wedding dress alterations in Birmingham Alabama, green weddings

Four Reasons to Bustle Your Wedding Dress

Posted by David Whitehurst on April 4, 2011


Bustling Your Wedding Dress Is Not Difficult, Improves Your Mobility and Protects Your Dress.

 

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Topics: wedding dress alterations in Birmingham Alabama, wedding dress bustle, wedding gown bustle

Should You Steam A Wedding Dress Before Alterations?

Posted by David Whitehurst on March 1, 2011

Whether you should get your wedding dress steamed or pressed before or after your alterations depends on the condition of the dress.

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Topics: wedding gown pressing in Birmingham Alabama, wedding gown alterations in Birmimgham Alabama, wedding dress alterations in Birmingham Alabama

When Should I Schedule My Wedding Dress Fitting?

Posted by David Whitehurst on February 1, 2011

To know how long before your wedding you should schedule your wedding dress fittings, here are 4 areas to consider. 

Keep in mind that your wedding date is not the most important date in this decision...it's the date of your pictures that is critical

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Topics: wedding gown alterations in Birmimgham Alabama, wedding dress alterations, wedding dress alterations in Birmingham Alabama, wedding planning

Five Tips For The Best Wedding Gown Fit Possible

Posted by David Whitehurst on October 29, 2010

 

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Topics: wedding gown alterations in Birmimgham Alabama, wedding dress alterations in Birmingham Alabama, bridal gown alterations in birmimgham alabama

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