10 Things to Do After You’ve Found “The One” Dress

10 things to do after buying Wedding Dress

Just because you’ve found “the one” doesn’t mean that your gown-shopping extravaganza is complete. Make sure you cross these items off your to-do list before you head down the aisle.

 

1. Order Your Bridesmaid Dresses

Now that you know the style of your gown, you can begin researching bridesmaid dresses, decide on one you love and place an order. You don’t have to mimic your dress completely, but match fabrics or design details for a bridal party (and pictures) that looks pulled together.

2. Decide on Your “Something Blue”

Whether you plan to pin a piece of blue ribbon to the inside of your dress like Kate Middleton did, or you’d rather slip into a pair of blue peep toes and accessorize with sapphire gems, don’t let this lucky charm become a source of stress by waiting until the last minute to pick it out.

Read more on The Knot.com: 10 Things to Do After You’ve Purchased Your Wedding Dress

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Professional Photo Session

These are some of our beautiful vintage wedding gown photos taken at our store location in Minneapolis by the talented Jenifer Eligh. We’d love to thank our amazing models for a wonderful day!

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Wedding Gown Fun Facts

It’s difficult to teach the importance of cleaning and preserving your wedding gown after wearing it on your special day – and we see many gowns stop in months – even years! – after the wedding.  So why is it important to bring your gown to us RIGHT after the wedding?  We can get stains out before they have a chance to set, and we can give your gown it’s best chance to survive for many years to come.  Perhaps for a daughter one day?

Check out the info-graphic below for fun facts and tips about wedding gown preservation.  Don’t make it an after-thought, plan for it in your budget!

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Vintage Bridal Photo Shoot

Last Thursday we had an exciting photo shoot at our location!  We invited a few lucky brides to wear their own wedding gowns, get their makeup and hair done and to pose for the camera!  We’d like to give a special thanks to Jenifer Eligh for her brilliant photography, and Nicole Werner for her beautiful hair and makeup!  Check out some photos from the day:

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Photo Gallery is now LIVE!

1956 Wedding Gown

1956 Wedding Gown

Check out our NEW Photo Gallery!

This is a small start to the hundreds of photos we have collected from the past few years of preserving wedding gowns! We are excited to share these before and after photos with you – and to really show everyone the endless possibilities that are out there for wedding gowns!

It really is possible to turn that yellowed wedding gown back into it’s beautiful white color!

See the photo gallery here.

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Wedding Gown Preservation Tips!

You spent a lot of time, money and effort finding the perfect gown.  And then there was the time, money and effort that went into the special wedding day that you will never forget.  Your gown will forever be a memory of that wonderful day, and it’d be a shame if you don’t take steps to preserve it!

Here’s a great slideshow from WeddingWire.com to explain tips on preservation for different types of dresses.

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NEW! Vintage Bridal Salon

something borrowedVINTAGE IS IN!

Check out this NEW show on TLC – and guess what, we can do that!  Our newest Treasured Garment Restoration location in the Loring Park Neighborhood of Minneapolis (10 S 13th St, Minneapolis, MN 55414) features vintage-chic decorations, a wall of bridal gowns, and a studio for altering a wedding gown and wedding party.

Something Borrowed, Something New (TLC)

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A Glimpse of History: 1943 Navy WAVES Uniform Restoration

“A very proud American woman.” That’s how Treasured Garment Restoration specialist Duane Schumann describes Mary K. Larson, a former Navy WAVES service member who allowed us the special privilege of cleaning and preserving her uniforms.

Larson joined the U.S. Naval Reserve (Women’s Reserve), or Navy WAVES for short, in 1943, with the intent of serving her country during the trying times of World War II.

Founded just a year earlier in 1942, the WAVES, which was short for Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service, was a division of the Navy consisting entirely of women.  It marked the first time women had been accepted into the Navy,  or any U.S. military branch for that matter.

Though the Army had its own version of the WAVES,  called the WACC, these women were considered to be serving with the Army, not in it! For all intensive purposes, WAVES members were an official part of the Navy.

Members of the WAVES were not allowed to serve aboard combat ships or aircraft, but this doesn’t mean their contributions weren’t important.  For example, while serving, Mary was a Cryptologic Technician Interpretive, or CTI.  CTI’s specialize in communication and intelligence work, all vitally essential military functions, and even more so during wartime.

Treasured Garment  Restoration was honored to work on Mary’s uniforms, which included a blue grey pinstriped seersucker uniform and several “dress blues”.  The garments definitely needed some work, as you can see in the before and after photos below.

“The uniforms,” Schumann said, “give us a great glimpse into history, and 1943.”

From all of us at Treasured Garment Restoration we’d like to thank Mrs. Mary K. Larson for her service to our country, and for allowing us to preserve such prized possessions!

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