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Will I Ruin My Wedding Dress By Trying It On After Preserving It?

Posted by David Whitehurst on June 28, 2012

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Topics: wedding dress cleaning, wedding dress preservation, wedding dress preservations, Gown Restoration

Should You Preserve An Unused Wedding Dress?

Posted by David Whitehurst on March 12, 2011

What Should You Do With An Unused Wedding Dress?

So you find yourself with an unused wedding dress and you don't know what to do with it. Maybe your wedding was called off.  Maybe you just found a great deal on your ideal wedding dress and you bought it and aren't even engaged.  Whatever the reason, you need to decide what to do with it.

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Topics: wedding gown cleaning and preservation, wedding dress cleaning Birmingham Alabama, wedding dress preservations, wedding gown preservation Birmingham Alabama

Can It Be Too Late To Preserve A Wedding Dress?

Posted by David Whitehurst on February 8, 2011

The question is simple but the answer is not.

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Topics: Vintage Wedding Dress, bridal gown restoration, wedding gown restoration, wedding dress cleaning Birmingham Alabama, wedding dress preservations

How Long Should I Wait Before I Preserve My Wedding Dress?

Posted by David Whitehurst on January 23, 2011

When I was asked about how long should a Bride wait to get her wedding gown cleaned and preserved, my answer was simple....

 

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Topics: wedding dress cleaning Birmingham Alabama, wedding gown storage, wedding dress preservations, wedding gown preservation in Birmingham Alabama

What Does It Mean to "Seal" A Wedding Dress?

Posted by David Whitehurst on January 14, 2011

 

Sealing a wedding gown preservation chest is the final step in the wedding dress preservation process. 

Here, Ric Pevey, Champion's General Manager and a  Certified Wedding Gown Specialist, applies the final step to a wedding gown preservation by sealing the preservation chest

To better explain what it means to “seal” a wedding dress, let me briefly describe the steps in the wedding gown preservation process.

Our Inspection, Spot Cleaning, Whole Gown Cleaning

We first inspect your wedding gown for stains and then treat those stains.  Next we clean the entire gown.  After we clean your wedding gown, we inspect it again.  Once clean and all problem areas restored as much as possible, we make the wedding gown available for inspection by the Bride. 

The Bride's Inspection

We believe the Bride’s inspection is an important step in the wedding gown preservation process.  In this way, the Bride will know exactly what the gown looks like before being placed in the box…which we call a wedding gown preservation chest.  This is a 100% acid-free box, similar to boxes used by museums to preserve historic, vintage garments.  Acid is found in most every type of cardboard box and acid can cause a white wedding gown to turn yellow over time.

Preserving the Wedding Gown...The Sealing The Chest

Once we place the wedding gown in the preservation chest using completely acid-free tissue to cushion the folds in the wedding gown, we “seal” the chest using acid-free tape.  We place the tape all around the openings in the lid of the preservation chest.

Sealing the wedding gown as part of the preservation process serves two basic purposes:

  • It tends to discourage the curious, including kids, from opening the preservation chest.
  • It prevents insects from getting in the preservation chest through the lid and causing damage to the wedding dress.

Does sealing the chest mean you can never hold your wedding gown?

While sealing your preservation chest is not a requirement when preserving a wedding gown with Champion Wedding Gown Specialist in Birmingham, Alabama, I encourage it.  The benefits are obvious.  But there are also benefits to taking the wedding gown out of the preservation box at least every four to five years. 

You can break the seal on the chest, inspect your wedding gown and take care of any issues you find at that time.  You should then refold it using the acid-free tissue in the folds and return the dress to the chest.  Periodic inspection of your wedding gown will help prevent permanent creases…and let you relive your wedding memories.  We will gladly help you re-seal your wedding gown. 

Breaking the seal on your preserved wedding gown will not void our International Guarantee.  But sealing your wedding gown is a practice I strongly recommend.



Get a special $25.00 Savings Certificate on your Birmingham, Alabama wedding gown preservation at Champion Wedding Gown Specialist.  Just follow the link below.

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Topics: wedding dress cleaning Birmingham Alabama, wedding dress preservations, wedding memories, wedding gown preservation Birmingham Alabama

Should You Vacuum Seal Your Wedding Dress?

Posted by David Whitehurst on December 27, 2010

The Idea Of Vacuum Sealing A Wedding Dress Is Suggested Often As A Method Of Preservation.  Will It Work?

Sure, you can vacuum seal your wedding gown.  Just put your wedding gown in one of the special vacuum seal bags, connect your vacuum cleaner and suck the air out the bag.  The plastic compresses the wedding dress and you can store it just about anywhere and feel confident that it can't be harmed by kids, pests, pets or moisture.  Isn't this is a perfect solution for preserving your wedding gown?

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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

Six Wedding Gown Preservation Myths That Won't Die - But Should

Posted by David Whitehurst on August 25, 2010

There are a lot of myths floating around about wedding gown preservation and I'm going to do my best to put an end to the mistaken beliefs. 

Sure, I'm in the wedding gown preservation business.  As a wedding gown cleaner in Birmingham, Alabama, I've heard from a lot of Brides about how special their wedding gown is to them.  And I've heard from Mothers of the Bride about how special it is for her daughter to wear her wedding gown. If they didn't have their wedding gown cleaned and preserved by a wedding gown specialist, they wouldn't have the choices they have today.

So let's put an end to the madness of these myths!

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Topics: Southern Bridal Show, wedding dress cleaning, wedding dress preservations, wedding memories, wedding gown preservation in Birmingham Alabama, second hand wedding dress

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

Can I Hold My Wedding Dress After It's Preserved?

Posted by David Whitehurst on June 7, 2010

I have talked to several Brides, including one recently from Hoover, Alabama, about this emotional topic.  The Bride wanted to have her gown cleaned after her wedding.  However, she didn't want to place it in a wedding dress preservation chest.  She wanted her wedding dress to last for many years in case she has a daughter one day who might want to wear her wedding dress.  But she was adamant that she be able to hold and even try on her wedding dress (after the wedding) in order to re-live the memories of her wedding day.

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Topics: wedding gown cleaning and preservation, wedding gown preservation, wedding gown, dry cleaner, wedding gown storage, wedding dress preservations, wedding memories, wedding gown preservation in Birmingham Alabama

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