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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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Topics: Birmingham Bridal Show, wedding dress alterations in Birmingham Alabama, wedding gown preservation Birmingham Alabama, Destination Wedding, Birmingham wedding planning

What is Wedding Gown Preservation?

Posted by Sherry Whitehurst on August 21, 2012

 The perfect wedding gown is an investment.     

Most brides I know think a lot about their wedding gown prior to their wedding. You search for your gown, get fitted for the gown, and dream about finally wearing the gown on your wedding day. Your gown story shouldn't end there, though. Wedding Gown Preservation is the final chapter to ensure your gown holds its beauty into the future.

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Topics: wedding gown cleaning and preservation, wedding gown preservation, wedding gown preservation Birmingham Alabama, Cleaning and Preservation

When Does Wedding Gown Preservation Begin?

Posted by David Whitehurst on March 22, 2012

 

The vows have been exchanged, the cake has been cut and the guests danced until their feet were sore. There's nothing left to do but go on the honeymoon and start a lifetime of wedded bliss.

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Topics: wedding gown cleaning and preservation, wedding dress preservation, wedding gown preservation Birmingham Alabama, Cleaning and Preservation

Confessions from the Dressing Room - Emergency Wedding Gown Care

Posted by David Whitehurst on December 5, 2011

 

I recently received the following from Claire about her experience with her wedding dress.  It just shows the need to line up a wedding gown specialist who can help with emergency wedding dress problems that arise with almost every wedding.

Confessions From the Dressing Room (from Claire)

"I can't believe this happened to me!  Actually - I can believe it because this stuff always happens to me. I just hoped I might be spared from my crazy luck with anything related to "The Big Day", ya know? Isn't there some kind of Fairy Godmother for that?  I mean, once I left the official 'wedding gown alterations' summit with my mother, grandmother, future mother-in-law, aunt Faye, ...(get the picture?), I figured I was in the clear. But before I launch into my sob story, let me back track.  

I've never been one of those froo-froo girls.What do you expect?  I have three older brothers. When my friends went to Junior/Senior Prom, I was in a gym with nine other sweaty girls competing for the basketball championship. I was secretly thrilled I didn't have to wear a prom dress and get all dolled up for some guy I'd hardly remember when I revisited the pictures ten years later.  I say "secretly" because my lack of femininity was torture for my mother.

So, when I finally found "The One", and got engaged, I have to admit that even I got a little excited at the prospect of the traditional white dress and the momentous walk down the aisle. Even dress shopping was enjoyable. I guess true love can do that to a person.

Now - fast forward to three days before the wedding.  We picked up the dress from the bridal shop after it passed the wedding gown alterations inspection. The regular female entourage was waiting at my mom's house to get a pre-wedding peek.  It was embarrassing how cliche it was: my parents' bedroom, the long oval mirror, and my tearful mother adjusting my veil before I turned to the entourage for approval.

There she was. Aunt Faye. Aunt Faye who considered me the daughter she never had. Aunt Faye with the pancake make-up, overly rouged cheeks and slightly garish lipstick.  She was barreling towards me with a gleam in her eye and pre-puckered lips.  My fantasy walk up the aisle  flashed before my eyes but my reflexes were too slow. In a (literally) button-popping, seam splitting embrace - (three of them popped off and the seam tore under my armpit!), her face was was smeared all over the shoulder of my gown. We all gasped in horror.  Now what?

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Topics: wedding dress repairs Birmingham Alabama, wedding gown preservation Birmingham Alabama, wedding gown care, Care Tips

Your Wedding Dress Is Preserved. So Now What?

Posted by David Whitehurst on June 6, 2011

 

Wedding Dress Preservation Begins With The Preservation

 

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Topics: wedding gown preservation, wedding dress preservation, wedding gown preservation Birmingham Alabama

Dilema With A Family Wedding Dress

Posted by David Whitehurst on March 29, 2011


It's A Family Wedding Dress...But You Just Won't Wear It In Your Wedding

The situation is less than ideal: You have a family wedding dress  handed down to you, but you can’t wear it. Either it’s too badly damaged to be restored, too small, out of date or you simply just…hate it. Yet it also represents someone that you love, and you don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings by refusing to use it. Many brides wonder what they can do with a wedding dress they can’t use.

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

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

How Long Does It Take To Clean A Wedding Dress?

Posted by David Whitehurst on February 27, 2011


I received an e-mail asking about how long it would take us to clean a wedding gown. 

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Topics: wedding dress cleaning Birmingham Alabama, wedding gown alterations in Birmimgham Alabama, wedding gown preservation Birmingham Alabama

Top 5 Reasons To Preserve Your Wedding Dress

Posted by David Whitehurst on February 22, 2011

If you're thinking about preserving your wedding gown after your wedding but aren't sure about it, here are 5 reasons to do it:

  1. Your daughter, daughter-in-law, sister, best friend might want to wear your wedding dress one day.  What more can I say about this?
  2. You want to keep your wedding memories in the most tangible form possible - your wedding dress.  This is your dress...the one you wore on your wedding day...the dress you wore when you said your wedding vows...the dress you wore in your wedding pictures.  Many of the wedding memories etched in your mind will include you while wearing your wedding dress.  Don't lose these wedding memories.
  3. You may sell your dress one day - or you may keep it.  Even if you decide to sell your wedding dress but aren't quite sure right now, get it cleaned and preserved after your wedding so you will have both options.
  4. Your wedding gown will take up less closet space when you keep it in a preservation chest.  A dress hanging in your closet will certainly require more prime closet space that you can use for other needs if you have your wedding gown placed in a preservation chest and placed on an overhead shelf.
  5. Your dress is better protected from the environment.  Whether you're concerned about insects, sun exposure, unexpected water leaks or any number of other unusual risks, preserving your wedding dress in a preservation chest reduces  the likelihood of damage to your wedding memories.
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Topics: wedding dress cleaning Birmingham Alabama, wedding dress preservation, wedding gown preservation Birmingham Alabama

Preserve Your Wedding Dress - 7 Quick Tips

Posted by David Whitehurst on January 28, 2011

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Topics: wedding gown restoration, wedding dress cleaning Birmingham Alabama, wedding gown preservation Birmingham Alabama

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