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Cleaning and Preserving Your Wedding Dress

Friday, October 17th, 2014

We get a lot of questions from brides about cleaning and preserving their wedding dresses.  Many don’t know where to take their dress or what to look for in a cleaner.  The most important thing is to take your dress to a professional cleaner specializing in bridal gown cleaning and preservation.  Do not take it to your local cleaners with the rest of your dry cleaning!  The sooner you have your wedding dress cleaned, the easier it is to successfully remove all the cake, lipstick, champagne, and floor dirt that you picked up the day of the wedding.

At Your Dream Dress, we have worked with and recommended Orange Restoration Labs in Connecticut for cleaning and preserving wedding dresses. Their quality of service, professional expertise and personal care are exceptional.  They have some great tips on their website for cleaning and preserving your wedding dress.  These are their top 10 things for preserving your gown:

  1. Look for someone who specializes in cleaning and preserving wedding gowns. When it comes to wedding gowns, most cleaners do not do the work themselves. They send wedding dresses off to someone else, often someone else in another state. Not good. You want a cleaner who takes responsibility for your wedding gown.
  2. Ask if the cleaner has been specially trained and if the cleaner is a member of an Association. The last thing you need is someone who is going to practice or “learn on the job” with your beautiful bridal gown.
  3. How many years has the cleaner been in business? The cleaner may be very well trained, but years of experience count. The longer he or she has been in business the more likely he or she has seen a wedding gown similar to yours and knows how to handle a wedding gown as special as yours.
  4. What kind of solvent is the cleaner going to use on your bridal gown? A Specialist knows that some solvents are more gentle than others and will use the solvent best for your bridal gown’s fragile beading and other decorations.
  5. Does the cleaner handle solvents responsibly? Some cleaners can even offer you carbon-free wedding gown cleaning and wedding gown preservation because they make donations to a non-profit organization that provides carbon offsets and climate solutions. See Zero Carbon Weddings.
  6. What kind of guarantee does the cleaner provide? Today or twenty-five years from today, who is going to honor the guarantee that your bridal gown will still be in pristine, ready-to-wear condition?
  7. Will completely acid-free tissue be used to buffer the folds of your wedding gown when it is packed and will the container be completely acid-free? Do not settle for pH-neutral materials that can re-acidify over time—especially if a wedding gown is stored in a damp area where humidity can dissolve the neutralizer in the packing materials.
  8. Does the container allow the fabric to “breathe” and allow the fibers to expand and contract with changes in heat and humidity? Shrink-wrapping can trap moisture that may cause mildew and create an electrostatic charge that sets creases which no amount of pressing can remove.
  9. What precautions does the cleaner take to protect your bridal gown during the cleaning process? During the packing process? Prongs, for example, around the beads on your wedding gown can snag the fabric during the cleaning process. When your wedding gown is packed, puffy bows or flowers should be stuffed or protected with a nest of tissue. Bust pads should also be removed because they emit off-gases that will yellow your wedding gown.
  10. Is your wedding dress going to be clean? Will the cleaner remove all stains and “floor dirt” around the hem of your wedding gown? Does the cleaner guard against latent stains? Stains such as wine or ginger ale contain sugar and can dry clear. Over the years the sugar in latent stains caramelizes and turns brown. Such stains do not automatically dissolve during the cleaning process and require special care.

Believe it or not, cleaning is the most important part of the wedding gown preservation process so look for a Specialist who will allow you to personally inspect your bridal gown before it is packed in an acid-free wedding chest. And then look carefully to be sure your bridal gown will be as lovely years from now as it was the day you wore your very special gown.

For more information on cleaning and preserving your wedding dress check out these articles on Orange Restoration Lab’s website:

Bag Versus Box: Which is Best for Your Bridal Gown

True or False: Five Myths About Wedding Gown Cleaning and Wedding Gown Preservation

Last Day to Save 15% off your Entire Purchase at YourDreamDress.com

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Last Day to Save and EXTRA 15% off your Entire Purchase at YourDreamDress.com!

This Blog Post is compliments of StyleMePretty.com, who is one of our Top Favorite Websites for Fashion savvy brides worldwide!

We are just busting at the seams to tell you about Your Dream Dress, an online bridal store that provides brides with the real designer wedding dresses of their dreams (think Vera Wang, Badgley Mischka, Monique Lhullier, Oscar de la Renta) but at discounted prices that you won’t believe. And they’re doing a giveaway as well as a sitewide promotion for everyone to enjoy. But first let’s talk about those dresses!Your Dream Dress GownsYour Dream Dress Accessories

Inventory at Your Dream Dress is compiled of new, 100% authentic, designer couture wedding dresses that are offered at discounts of up to 90% off retail price. Yes, you read that correctly! How does Founder Kimberly Hoffman do this, you ask? Most of these gowns (all of them new) are directly from the designers and were overbuys, samples or from orders that were cancelled without ever being used or altered. And they don’t just carry gowns…designer bridal accessories, such as veils, headpieces, jewelry, vintage brooches and sashes are all available too.

Nervous about buying a dress online without having tried it on? Not to worry! Your Dream Dress offers a “No Risk” Return Policy. That means you can try on your dress at home without the pressure of a sales person, and if you don’t fall absolutely head over heels in love with it, you can let them know within three days of receiving the gown and send it back for a full refund. All you pay is the very low shipping cost.

And one lucky reader is going to win a $450 Gift Certificate to Your Dream Dress! To enter, go to Your Dream Dress, browse through both the Gowns and Accessories, and then comment below, telling us your favorite gown and accessory.  One lucky bride will be chosen at random and announced on Friday March 25th. And until March 31st, everyone can enjoy an EXTRA 15% off everything on the site by using the Discount Code: PRETTY15. Good Luck!!

William and Kate Opt out of the Typical Wedding Registry!

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

William and Kate Opt out of the Typical Wedding Registry!

When most typical brides and grooms are faced with the decision of where to register for gifts, the choice is usually more along the lines of: Crate and Barrel or Pottery Barn? But for the royal couple that has everything, Prince William and bride-to-be Kate Middleton decided to forgo the typical wedding registry for a more giving alternative.

These two lovebirds decided to create the Royal Wedding Charity Fund, which allows people to send donations to 26 of the couple’s favorite charities. Since the two have already spent time working together for many charities to raise money and awareness for various causes, especially for children, charitable work is clearly something that is very close to their hearts.

Their choice of charities is primarily centered on those within UK, including Changing Lives through Arts and Sport, and Help and Care at Home. What is so great about their charity fund is that anyone can donate, whether they are on the exclusive guest or not.

And for all our upcoming brides out there who are thinking of having an alternative wedding ­– maybe setting up your own charity donation fund instead of the usual registry would be the perfect way for the two of you to start your lives together by giving to others!

If you would like to share your best wishes for the happy couple, a donation can be made through their website www.royalweddingcharityfund.org which includes a full list of the charities, that were personally chosen by Prince William and Miss Middleton.

Your Dream Dress is Making Brides Dreams Come True!

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

Your Dream Dress is Making Brides Dreams Come True!

It always makes us happy to hear when our customers’ dreams have been fulfilled. Recently, one satisfied client was so happy with her experience with Your Dream Dress, that she blogged about us and her experience! We decided to return the favor and express our gratitude to brides like you who make our job worthwhile. Andrea Jean purchased a beautiful Anne Barge Couture Bridal gown from us for her summer southern wedding. Read about her experience with Your Dream Dress.

Photo Credit: Newlywed Bridal Blog

We constantly receive great comments from brides about our convenient return policy. We want to make sure that you feel confident in your selection when choosing the dress and accessories of your dreams.  You’re satisfaction is what keeps our excitement alive!

Another blogger who goes by the alias, “The Future Mrs.” raved about the policy saying, “They have a return policy, yes you read that right.  If you don’t love it, notify them that you are going to return it within three days of receipt and return it within seven, via FedEx or UPS insured.  Buy it, try it, love it! This is your chance ladies! I already have my dream dress, someone should get these beauties!”

Think Pink! Donate to Breast Cancer Awareness

Saturday, October 17th, 2009

I just received an email from Williams-Sonoma Home today and had to share it with you. I am thrilled to see one of my favorite companies donating part of their profits of a specific item to Breast Cancer Awareness!

Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Williams-Sonoma Home is donating $10 of every sale of their luxurious cashmere throws in light pink to hot pink colors to the cause for the entire month of October and also discounting them $30 off the retail price, too!

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Images from William-Sonoma Home

Fashionable Bridal Idea:

I had to share this information with you for two reasons. (1) To definitely create awareness and support for Breast Cancer Awareness and (2) To share a great fashion secret to all brides and woman everywhere!

If you love to wear pashminas or wraps, you will love this cashmere throw to wear with your bridal gown on your wedding day! It is light weight and so luxuriously soft and elegant! If you are planning a Fall, Winter, Spring or even Summer (for chilly evenings) wedding, this throw, or should I say wrap, is a must have!

You can even have it monogramed with your “new” married initial(s) for a special signature look!

For years, I have been wearing mine (hot pink and blue) with formal cocktail attire, casual attire and, of course, with a stylish white shirt and jeans. And, I LOVE them! I am constantly receiving compliments when I’m wearing mine. And, on occasion, I have loaned mine out to girlfriends so they could complete their fashionable look and also to keep warm, too.

This throw/wrap would also be a great gift for a very special maid/matron of honor, bridesmaid or mother of the bride/groom to go with their gowns!

You are going to LOVE it!!

Remember: Support Breast Cancer Awareness!