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Steaming Your Wedding Gown the Day of the Wedding

Posted by Champion Wedding Gown Specialist on April 27, 2017

Steaming a Wedding Dress Refers to one process of removing wrinkles.  You clean the wedding dress and then either steam it or hand press it to remove wrinkles.  You do not "steam clean" a wedding dress.

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Topics: wedding gown pressing in Birmingham Alabama, wedding gown steaming Birmingham Alabama, wedding gown, Destination Wedding, Brimingham Wedding

Wedding Gown Care: Before and After Your Wedding

Posted by David Whitehurst on December 15, 2016

Are your aware of the many problems that can arise with your wedding gown, both before and after your wedding?  While wedding gown cleaning and preservation by a certified wedding gown specialist is absolutely essential for the long-term protection of your wedding gown, there are many things YOU can do  to protect your wedding gown.  Even a simple wedding dress needs your attention.

The three culprits that can cause many of the problems with the long-term protection of your wedding gown that you need to keep in mind include: 

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Topics: Kids, Pets, wedding gown, brides

Enchanting Christmas Wedding Ideas

Posted by Champion Wedding Gown Specialist on December 13, 2015

Christmas is the most amazing time of the year to have a wedding. All family and friends come together to celebrate so it is a memorable time to take advantage of this precious time. This little guideline will help you plan the most memorable and joyous Christmas wedding event for yourself.

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Topics: wedding gown, wedding style, Wedding Ideas, holiday wedding ideas

Thinking about a Woodland Style Wedding

Posted by Champion Wedding Gown Specialist on July 30, 2015

A Pretty Woodland style wedding is organic and simple, embracing nature and celebrating beauty.

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Topics: wedding gown, Birmingham wedding planning, Wedding theme, wedding style, Brimingham Wedding

More Popular Wedding Dress Fabrics

Posted by David Whitehurst on June 23, 2011


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Topics: wedding gown, Wedding Dresses, Wedding Dress Fabrics

Tips to Preserve Silk Wedding Gowns

Posted by David Whitehurst on June 14, 2011

Caring For Silk Wedding Gowns So They Will Last A Lifetime

Silk is a very popular fabric to use in a wedding gown because it is lightweight and elegant.  However, silk is very delicate and requires special care.

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Topics: wedding dress stains, wedding gown, Wedding Dresses, Silk Wedding Dresses

Protecting Your Wedding Gown

Posted by David Whitehurst on May 3, 2011


A wedding gown is so much more than just a dress, and it represents so many things to the woman who wears it. 


A bride and her wedding gown are so connected that brides will often have nightmares about a disaster to her wedding gown.

To have a stain on your wedding gown could be a disastrous event.  Not only would it put a literal smudge on your wedding photos, but it could prevent you from handing the dress down to loved ones in the future. 

To make sure that your gown stays in tip top condition, there are a few steps you can take to help avoid and prevent the dreaded stains and other wedding gown disasters.


Before the Wedding

If you're storing your dress for a long period of time before your wedding, be sure to hang it somewhere that receives no direct sunlight.  UV rays could damage the color, as well as the integrity of the fabric, on your wedding gown. 

Similarly, don't store your dress in plastic unless you are sure that there will be no condensation in the storage space.  Heavy precipitation or even high humidity could cause an ugly outbreak of mold and mildew when the gown gets no air circulation.  And never leave your gown in a plastic bag for more than a week or two.

Take precautions to store your wedding gown where it is protected from kids and pets.  You just never know what might happen!

There are many precautions you can take while planning your wedding day to help prevent damage to your dress.  For example, be aware of the flowers that are in the bouquet.  If you have chosen one with a strongly colored stamen, ask the florist to remove all of the heavy pollen before bringing it to the wedding.  This will prevent most stains caused by the flowers.

Dark wine and chocolate fountains are very popular at weddings, but are also the leading cause of wedding gown disasters.  Carefully consider how to cater your event yo avoid messy spills and stains!  And beware of the stain traps to avoid a wedding gown disaster.


At the Wedding

Choose a deodorant that is also an antiperspirant on your wedding day.  This will help keep you cool, as well as prevent unbecoming stains to your wedding gown.  If you are wearing a lot of make-up or hair product, be very careful when pulling the wedding dress over your head.  Ask for help from your bridesmaids and move slowly!  Consider using a makeup mask to protect your dress.

Many brides also experience wedding gown disasters on the way to their wedding.  To avoid this catastrophe cover your backseat with a white sheet, and lay your wedding gown carefully on top of it.  Consider covering the gown with another white sheet, or use a queen-size sheet and fold it over the gown.  Leave your windows up to prevent outside debris from dusting the gown, and drive carefully!


After the Wedding

Identify your wedding gown specialist before your wedding.  Arrange for your Mom, Maid of Honor, Sister or someone…to take you wedding gown to your wedding gown specialist for cleaning and preservation while you're on you honeymoon.  The sooner you take your wedding gown to your specialist, the better.  

Proper wedding gown care requires cleaning and preservation after the wedding.  To find a qualified wedding gown specialist in your area to help you, check out this link to the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists.  Knowing there is a professional who has the knowledge to properly care for wedding gown problems might just turn your nightmares into your gown's version of "Happliy Ever After."

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

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Topics: wedding gown, wedding gown storage

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

Is White Right for You and Your Wedding Dress?

Posted by David Whitehurst on April 22, 2011

It’s a time-honored tradition – the bride talking down the aisle in a glowing white wedding dress that illuminates her face and alludes to her chastity. However, this tradition is beginning to fade into other colors.  

Shades of White

Although a white wedding dress is usually expected for first-time brides, it’s no longer taboo to wear something other than white in your wedding.  There are even different shades of “white” that work well with different skin tones.  The reason that you try on dress after dress and some look perfect on the hanger but slightly weird when they’re on your body is because of these white variations! Knowing which whites complement your skin tone before you go shopping will save a ton of time.

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Topics: Wedding Dress Colors, wedding gown, bridesmaids dresses

Detachable Wedding Gown Train

Posted by David Whitehurst on April 14, 2011

Last week we discussed an option for a wedding dress bustle with a series of loops and pick ups. This is a great option if you’ve got a big train that you don’t want to be dragging around the reception or even in the grass, the dirt or the sand if you are hosting the festivities outside. However, another alternative is increasing in popularity, especially for young brides who are planning to dance the night away for hours at their reception!

What if you could just….take the train off?

Sounds a little crazy at first to those who were considering a more traditional approach. But imagine how convenient it could be.

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Topics: wedding gown alterations in Birmimgham Alabama, wedding gown, wedding gown bustle

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