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We asked our Vendor of the Month J. Scheer & Co. to share their tips for choosing where to clean and preserve a wedding gown because so many brides look at cleaning and preserving their gown as a daunting task. A lot of brides also worry about emergency spills on their wedding day. Here’s what they had to say…

 C.B.A.: A lot of brides aren’t sure if they should clean their dress- let alone preserve it, what advice would you give them?

J.S.: While you may never wear it again, wedding gowns are a piece of priceless family and cultural history that can be passed down to be cherished for generations to come. If you want to preserve your gown to be passed down, don’t drop it off at your local commercial cleaner. Instead trust it to a preservation company who specializes in bridal gowns and who use conservation grade archival materials such as certified acid-free paper and an acid-free textile box to store your dress. Beware of processes that vacuum-seal the dress as this can trap harmful moisture in with your gown, and always use the gloves that come in the box when you inspect it so the oils on your fingertips don’t damage the delicate fabric. 

C.B.A: Well, how soon after the wedding should a gown be cleaned and preserved?

J.S.: It is always recommended to have your gown cleaned and preserved within a few months of your wedding to avoid oxidization of any stains or soiling on your dress, making them harder to remove over time.

C.B.A: What happens if something spills on the gown the day of, early in the day?

J.S.: If something spills on your gown on the big day, don’t panic! These are a few of our tips and tricks for treating and concealing wedding day stains. Beware that water or prepared stain removers can leave a mark or damage the fabric if used the wrong way. Don’t let anyone start dabbing your dress with a wet cloth or stain stick. Instead, follow the below tips and tricks to treat and conceal any wedding day gown mishaps.

  •  For watermarks, softly blot and dry with a clean white towel.  If possible, you can lightly press with a hand iron when dry.
  • Makeup, lipstick or any oily stains should be lightly coated with cornstarch or baby powder to absorb the oil or moisture.  Don’t rub the area, and wait 15 minutes for it to set and then gently remove the excess powder from the fabric with a soft bristled brush. This technique will mask unsightly spots and prepare the area for professional care after the wedding.
  • For liquid spills, such as wine, softly blot the area to remove excess moisture and then follow the same instructions for makeup stains.
  • If you get pricked by a pin and there’s a spot of blood, the best remedy is to moisten the tip of a cotton swab with your own saliva and dab it on the stain. The enzymes in the spit that will safely break down the stain. Then blot to dry.
  • For brides packing their own emergency kit, there are a few items that may come in handy on the big day.
    • Bendable straws (to avoid drink spills)
    • Baby powder or cornstarch for concealing stains (baby powder for white gowns, cornstarch for ivory)
    • Q-tips, and clean dry white towelettes
    • A needle and thread in the shade of your gown
    • Safety pins are good to have on hand to mend broken bustles, buttons, or straps.

As we mentioned in our newsletter, Laura Hooper Leader has owned & operated Laura Hooper Calligraphy since 2002 serving clients with hand calligraphy & stationery needs for weddings, showers, events & more. In addition to custom wedding & event projects, Laura Hooper Calligraphy also offers a line of lifestyle & party goods featuring Laura’s lettering on a variety of items for everyday & special occasion use, including greeting cards, coasters, napkins, stir sticks, mugs & more. Here are our favorite items available from Laura Hooper Calligraphy… 

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“Oyster Shell” Place Card 

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“Drunk in Love” Napkins 

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“Love Wood Laser Cut” Cake Topper

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“Custom Save the Date Maps”

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“Best Day Ever” Wood Stir Sticks

As mentioned in our newsletter Lisa Blume Photography is not only one of our favorite vendors, she is also a past bride. As a fine art photographer who travels the world capturing her clients’ special day, she brings such an attention to detail, it’s amazing! She has been in the business for over a decade and is such a joy to work with. Here is a peek into our collaboration with Lisa and some of our other vendor friends that was featured in Washingtonian Bride & Groom…

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Planning: Elizabeth Duncan Events

Florals by: Amaryllis Inc.

Beauty: Amie Decker Beauty

Model: Amanda Nell

Invitations: Paperzest

Calligraphy: Meant To Be DC

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Giselle is one of our absolutely favorite vendors! She is a beautiful person inside and out and as we mentioned in our newsletter, she knows hair. After working with her for a decade and trusting her with our clients’ hair, fashion show beauty, and photoshoot dos, we can definitely stand by her. We wanted to feature some of the stunning work she’s done over the years with real-life brides! For more info visit Hair by Giselle online.

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We absolutely love our Vendor of the Month Rex & Regina! They are incredible at all they do and we always enjoy working with them. Teresa Lee, of Rex & Regina, was kind enough to share some of her top tips for wedding planning and answer some of our most burning questions. So read on, and get your bridal scoop!

 

Q: What is your favorite part about your job?

A: To be honest, I feel like I am one of the luckiest people alive — that every day I am privileged to do what I love to do most. I am a planner not only by profession, but by nature and personality, too.  I am passionate about what I do and love to work with clients to bring to life their vision for their wedding.  I love that every client is unique and therefore every day is a little different. It is certainly not a boring job!

 

Q: What is the best advice you could give a client?

A: Don’t over-think things. Research, evaluate, make a decision, and don’t look back. There are infinite choices out there and the quest for the “perfect” thing can be exhausting, not to mention futile. Creative sources like Pinterest can be helpful, but they can also overwhelm and stall the process because they overload the mind with options. Instead, focus on the things that matter, the things that will bring meaning to the day. Think about what it is you want to remember about your wedding 20 years from now and make those things a priority.

 

Q: What is the most important thing a client needs to consider when choosing an event planner?

A: If I can cheat, there are two things: chemistry and experience. Chemistry is critical when choosing a planner. This is the person you will not only be spending a lot of time with leading up to the wedding, but who will also be guiding you through the entire day. You need to like this person — and you need to trust them. Trust is built over time which is one reason that having a planner on board for more than just the weekend of the wedding is helpful. It allows you time to develop that relationship and for the planner to get to know you and your vision for the wedding. Once that trust and understanding is established, the planner can successfully execute.  And that is where experience comes in. Chemistry is useless unless the planner has the experience to see the process through to flawless execution. A planner with experience will know how to avoid pitfalls, troubleshoot onsite, and manage the logistics necessary to create a beautiful and memorable day.

 

Q: What is the least important thing a client needs to consider? 

A: Don’t judge a book by it’s cover. Not every good planner will invest in an amazing website. Not every good planner will pay to be featured on top wedding blogs. Not every good planner will apply to be considered for awards. Focus on chemistry and experience, not the marketing.

 

Q: Tell our brides a little more about your company, in your words, what sets Rex & Regina apart from other event planners?

A: The first question I always get asked about the firm is who are Rex and Regina! Hint: they are not my dogs. Rex and Regina is Latin for king and queen and I chose the name for the meaning behind it. When kings and queens entertained centuries ago, the royal court became an extension of their family. I love that concept. I love that whether it is a corporate event where they are entertaining clients, a nonprofit event where they are entertaining donors, or, in this case, a wedding where friends and family are being entertained, that everyone should feel welcomed and comfortable. They should feel like family. They should feel like the couple really thought about them and created a seamless and memorable experience for them.

So that is in part what differentiates us. We help our clients think about their wedding through the guests’ eyes. We marry the client’s vision for their day with strategies for making sure that every guest will leave that wedding thinking, “wow — they really cared that I was here.”  We love design and aesthetics, we love making things look beautiful, but when we work with our clients we always make sure that the design never detracts from the experience of the guests.

We also have decades of experience. We’ve seen it all and our clients trust us because they know we are capable of executing. We are their advocate and know how to navigate the process to create the best results possible. And we have a lot of fun doing it!

 

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