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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.

Recently, Carine wrote a guest blog for Inside Weddings, sharing her tips to shopping for your wedding gown. Shopping for your dream dress can seem a bit daunting but Carine is here to help! Read on for her expert tips…

 

Getting to “I Do”: Tips for Picking Your Dream Wedding Gown

What to consider when you begin to look for your bridal gown.

Written by: Carine Krawiec

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Now that you’ve gotten that sparkler on your finger, it’s time to start thinking about how you want to look as a bride on your wedding day. Whether you’ve dreamed about your wedding gown since you were in pigtails or never gave it a passing thought in your life, these fail-proof tips will help you say “I do” to your dream wedding dress.

Create an Inspiration Board
Log on to Pinterest and start pinning wedding dresses that you like, and tear out pictures of gowns from top wedding magazines like Inside Weddings. When you look at what you’ve pulled together, you may notice some similarities that you are drawn to in terms of style or fit. Do you like strapless gowns? What about lace or beading? Are you pulling bridal looks from one particular designer?

Look Up Bridal Store Reviews
Spend some time looking up reviews of bridal stores in your area. It’s important to know how past brides have reviewed their experience. Purchasing the gown is only the beginning of your relationship with the bridal salon – you will also need to come in for a few alteration appointments to ensure your gown fits perfectly for your big day – so make sure you feel comfortable with store you are purchasing from.

Be on the Lookout for Special Events
Special events hosted by bridal salons are a great way to find your perfect wedding gown at a dream price. If you are drawn to a particular designer, see if a local store is hosting a trunk show. At a trunk show, you can see the latest looks straight off the runway and can request gowns to try on that your local bridal salon may not own. Bridal salons and designers often offer incentives to purchase, such as a discount on the gown.

A sample sale is another great opportunity to get a glamorous gown at a bargain price. Bridal stores host these sales throughout the year where floor samples are sold off the rack at a heavily discounted rate to make room for new inventory.

Be Open Minded
You would be amazed at how many brides think they feel strongly about not liking beading or lace and then realize they love it after trying it on. It’s great to have a sense of what you like, but keep an open mind. After discussing your venue and your likes and dislikes, your bridal consultant will help you pull gowns that fit the occasion. A gown on a hanger looks completely different than on your body. Say yes to trying something out of your comfort zone and see what happens.

Know Your Season and Setting
When shopping for your wedding dress, it’s helpful to have decided the time of year and the setting for your wedding. After all, you wouldn’t wear a satin ball gown for an intimate beach wedding. Knowing the season and location of your nuptials will help your consultant steer you toward appropriate gowns and exclude ones that don’t fit the occasion.

Keep Your Bridal Posse Small
When you go wedding gown shopping, it’s tempting to invite a large group of friends and family. Don’t do it! While the wedding dress shopping experience is supposed to be fun, it can also be stressful and confusing. Bringing your closest family and friends who will give you honest feedback is the best way to ensure you find your dream dress.

To see real weddings featuring brides who found their dream dresses at Carine’s Bridal Atelier, view this winery wedding, this glamorous ballroom celebration, and this alfresco fête by the lake.

Opening photo by Abby Jiu Photography; Bridal Salon: Carine’s Bridal Atelier

January 11, 2017 trunk show

We are so excited to have Martina Liana in our store! The line is so versatile, with mix and match combinations, and full to slim shapes. There are so many gowns to choose from for every type of bride, so be sure to join us for our first trunk show with Martina Liana. If there is a particular dress you would like to try please call or email the boutique for inquiries or to make an appointment at 202 965-4696 and info@carinesbridal.com. Here are some of our favorites from the new collection.

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Wow was all we could say when we saw the photos of Brooke and Fritz’s wedding! The couple wed in true Washington fashion celebrating at the Meridian House with a cozy and elegant affair. Their wedding was even featured in Washingtonian Bride and Groom magazine, Brooke wore Carolina Herrera. We couldn’t have been happier to work with such a wonderful bride, congratulations again to Brooke and Fritz!

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Vendors

Photography: Abby Jiu

Flowers: Amaryllis
Catering: Ridgewells
Makeup: Carl Ray
Invitations: Nico and Lala

 

Ines Di Santo’s gowns are truly unique, she mixes high fashion, romance, and sophistication all in one. We are thrilled to hosting our first-ever trunk show with this amazing designer! Take a peak at some of her latest designs being featured at our trunk show starting tomorrow! For appointments call 202 965-4696 or email info@carinesbridal.com…

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