Picking the Right Wedding Gown
Wedding planners agree – if you’re buying a new wedding gown, begin shopping at least six months before the big day. That may seem long, but it’s just enough time to allow you to find the perfect style, fabric, and accessories, or get them specially ordered from a designer and tailor. Some of the most popular fabrics used for bridal gowns include satin, taffeta, chiffon, organza, brocade, and lace.
Because of the delicate nature of the garment, it is imperative that the proper care instructions are known at the time of purchase. Make sure you understand the recommended cleaning instructions by referring to the care label and ask the salesperson whether both the dress and trim are dry cleanable and obtain the information in writing for future reference.
A Note About Trim
Many wedding gowns feature dainty trims and accents of beads, seed pearls, sequins, embroidery, lace, and applique. These may be problematic to dry clean. For example, while higher quality gowns have trim that is sewn on, for some it may be attached by adhesive. This adhesive sometimes endure the dry cleaning process. Cleaning solvents may also dissolve beads, pearls and glitter as some are made of plastics or covered with surface coatings that are not solvent resistant. As a result, the trim becomes separated from the dress or altered in some way. Colouring of accents can change as well, such as the yellowing which occurs when finishes oxidize or the fading of ivory or ecru dyes. Please note that colour failures of this nature are not due to improper cleaning methods. Rather, they are attributed to the poor colorfastness of the dye. Therefore, to preserve your wedding gown, ensure that the entire garment including the trim is dry cleanable.
For heirloom gowns, allow ample time for professional cleaning and alterations, if necessary. Many fabrics tend to yellow naturally with age, therefore it is imperative that you check the gown carefully for any discoloration. Fortunately, yellowing may be removed by wet cleaning. However, it is best to seek a professional cleaner who has the knowledge and experience dealing with antique fabrics and delicate trims.
Alterations, Remember when buying your Wedding dress, whether it is a new dress and or a Pre- Worn Wedding Dress,remember all dresses will need to have some alterations done to them. This is important to realize that you will need alterations done and have part of your wedding dress budget dedicated to the alterations . Having alterations done to your dress will truly make it look like one of a kind as it will fit you perfect.
At Tuesdays Fine Dry Cleaners we have a tailor who is experienced
in working with these special garments allowing results that give the bride a comfortable feeling that her gown will fit her perfect on her special day.