Award-Winning Cleaning, Preservation and Alterations

A wedding may only last a day but the memories and heirlooms last a lifetime, and sometimes even generations to come. That’s why Treasured Garment Restoration handles each dress individually with care- and why couples are raving about our services.

Treasured Garment Restoration just won The Knot Best Of Weddings 2020. The award represents “the highest-and most-rated wedding professionals as reviewed by real couples.” Only five-percent of wedding professionals received this award in 2020 and we’re honored that couples chose us! When we preserve a wedding dress it’s cleaned individually, treated with an anti-sugar rinse to get rid of any invisible stains that could appear after time and wrapped in acid-free tissue paper and box, guaranteed to last a lifetime.

With the purchasing of sample gowns on the rise, we also clean and press wedding gowns before they go down the aisle. We’ll clean the gown to make it look like new again and steam press it so it looks effortlessly stunning on the bride. Another wedding planning site, WeddingWire, recently rewarded us the Couples’ Choice Award for 2020, recognizing our commitment to quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. Whether it’s before or after a wedding, we handle gowns with the upmost care.

Treasured Garment Restoration also has an award-winning alterations department. We recently received the Mpls St Paul Weddings coveted 2019 Diamond Award for Best Bridal Alterations.

One judge for the magazine said “The manner in which they can completely transform old-fashioned gowns into modern creations is astounding.”

Our alterations department can alter any hem all the way to designing a dress from scratch. We can reconstruct a family member’s old wedding dress into an updated style or use parts of an old dress to incorporate it into your modern gown.

Treasured Garment Restoration is proud to be recognized for its attention to detail and specialty alterations, cleaning and preservation services. To learn more visit TreasuredGarment.com.

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Rachel’s One of a Kind Wedding

Rachel had a vintage wedding veil she wanted to incorporate into her wedding day, but it was yellow and over 100 years old. While Rachel planned her fun, unique wedding she trusted her vintage veil to the Certified Wedding Gown Specialists at Treasured Garment Restoration. Read more about Rachel’s wedding journey below!

When was your wedding and where did it take place?
We got married September 1, 2019 at the Science Museum of Minnesota in St Paul. It was a Pokémon-themed wedding!

How did you decide to get your dress made and by whom?
I hate waste, so the idea of a traditional wedding dress that costs thousands of dollars to be worn once, then put in a box, never to see the light of day again is abhorrent to me. Instead, my partner and I decided to get “gijinka” cosplay outfits made of our favorite Pokémon. That way, we can wear our suit & dress to nerd conventions for many years to come. I approached Snow Cosplays specifically because I’ve admired her work at CONvergence. Both the seamstress and her wife are plus-size cosplayers, and Jessica frequently turns various intellectual properties into dresses: BriChibi Cosplay has been seen in Wonder Woman, Mario, and Buzz Lightyear ballgowns; to name a few. So, when I decided turn a Pokémon into a plus-sized wedding gown, she was the obvious choice. (My partner’s suit was made by KMK Designs.)

 

What is your absolute favorite memory from your wedding day?
Most of my good memories are from the party. We designed a badge game, like how you have to earn gym badges in a main series Pokémon game, for people to go around and enjoy the whole party. If you earned eight badges, then you could request a kiss or something else from us (instead of clinking glasses). Everyone got really into it, and we ran out of several of the badges. I’m also very proud of how the centerpieces looked. We spent a lot of time on those.


Why did you decide to get your antique veil restored?
My veil was my great-great-grandmother’s and it survived the Holocaust. In an era of US politics where antisemitism is at a peak, it’s so important to me to display pride and take joy in my heritage. When my great-aunt told me she had this veil, there was no question of whether or not I’d wear it. Of course I was going to wear it. I didn’t intend to get the veil “restored,” per se, as Aunt Ruthie was very insistent that I shouldn’t do anything to it – I just wanted it clean, since it had a few stains on it. But I guess a cleaning isn’t that simple for a 100+ year-old heirloom! The veil underwent a beautiful vintage restoration.

Why did you bring your wedding veil to Treasured Garment Restoration? 

I use St. Croix Cleaners’ delivery service for dry cleaning for my dry-cleaning, and I’d seen ads for TGR in my inbox and on their website. Since you’ve taken such good care of my modern clothes, I figured you’d do just as nicely with my heirloom.

Treasured Garment Restoration is a nationally recognized member of the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists. This means we clean each bridal gown and garment individually with care. Learn more about wedding gown cleaning and preservation options at TreasuredGarmentRestoration.com.

Photography Credit : Luke Nygaard, Nygaard Photography

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The Family Veil That Survived The Holocaust

Rachel Pollack is excited to have her unique wedding this September. While her wedding outfit is a Pokémon cosplay designed and sewn by a local artist, she has a family heirloom to add to her special day: a veil. But it’s not just an heirloom passed down one generation; the veil was her great-great-great grandmother’s, a 19th century veil. And the most shocking part of the veil’s history? It survived the Holocaust.


In 1940, Rachel’s great- grandparents were trying to flee Czechoslovakia and sail to Palestine to escape the war. They sent their belongings on a ship ahead of time so they’d be waiting upon arrival. The veil and everything they had were on their way to Palestine. Rachel’s great grandparents boarded the last refugee ship to transfer Jews, the Pentcho, with 500 other passengers. The ship was rickety, old and made for rivers, rather than a journey across the Mediterranean. Sure enough, the ship sank in the Aegean Sea.


The passengers, along with crew, were able to get ashore and Italian soldiers took them to an island called Rhodes. The passengers lived in a refugee camp built in a soccer stadium for over a year. This is where Rachel’s grandmother was born. In January 1942, the refugees were transferred to an internment camp in southern Italy called Ferramonti di Tarsia.
Luckily for Rachel’s family, the Frischers, Ferramonti was an internment camp, not a concentration camp. Because it was run by the Italians and not the Germans, the Italians were more lenient and didn’t send anyone to Hitler’s death camps. The Italians didn’t subscribe to the racial elimination policies of the Nazis and even found loopholes to try and save lives. This doesn’t mean that the internment camp was pleasant. Food was still withheld and the living conditions were dirty and cramped.


When the camp was liberated on September 14, 1943, the Frischers stayed in the town working as doctors until the end of the war. When the Allies finally won the war, the Frischers finally made it to their destination: Palestine. When they arrived, five years after departing Czechoslovakia, they found that the trunk that had the wedding veil, was waiting for them.
The Frischers stayed in Palestine and fought in the Israeli Independence Movement. But, when Rachel’s great-aunt became sick with polio, their family moved to the United States and settled in New York. Rachel’s grandparents moved to San Diego, California, and Rachel came to Minnesota for school and decided to stay. From Czechoslovakia to Palestine, and across the United States, this wedding veil holds generations of family and world history. Rachel is keeping the traditions of her family, and their story, alive.

Treasured Garment Restoration was able to fully restore the wedding veil back to a bright white for Rachel’s upcoming wedding. Visit TreasuredGarmentRestoration.Com to learn more about restoration and preservation services available.

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Angela’s Wedding Gown Journey

They say rain on your wedding day means good luck in your marriage, and Angela certainly had that. Her sparkly gown was going to shine no matter what! With rain outside and dancing the night away, Angela needed to clean her gorgeous dress after her Arkansas wedding and make it look brand new again. See why she chose Treasured Garment Restoration to clean her Cinderella gown!

When was your wedding and where did it take place?

My wedding took place at Thorncrown Chapel. It’s located in a tiny historic town in the Ozark mountains called Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

When did you know that your wedding dress was “the one?”

I knew that my wedding dress was “the one” after going to a few shops without any excitement. It was the 4th shop and the second to last dress I put on. The style of the dress has wider straps and a beautiful cut on top. I chose this style because it looked antique to me and would fit the venue perfectly. It also was shimmering with sparkly sequins. I felt like Cinderella! I absolutely love sparkly things and the dress was so easy and comfortable to move around in and I could twirl and dance around the shop with ease! It was definitely unique from the other dresses I tried on. To top it off I got half off the price because it was the only one on the rack and it happened to be my size! So it was meant to be!

What is your absolute favorite memory from your wedding day?

My favorite memory from my wedding was taking all of my guests on a ghost tour of the Crescent Hotel “America’s most haunted hotel” where our reception took place. Everyone had so much fun and learned a lot of history behind the historic town and hotel. Our reception was very memorable as well because we had so much uninhibited fun dancing the night away at a club in downtown Eureka Springs called Eureka Live.

Why did you decide to get your wedding dress cleaned?

I decided to get my wedding dress cleaned and repaired because I want it to look like it did when I first put it on, in the hopes of giving it to another bride to be or maybe keeping it for a special someone someday- maybe my daughter!

Why did you bring your wedding dress to Treasured Garment Restoration?

I brought my wedding dress to Treasured Garment Restoration because it was recommended to me by the staff at St. Croix Cleaners. I saw amazing reviews online and knew I wanted to take it to the best! The employees I encountered were all so helpful and they had impeccable customer service!

Treasured Garment Restoration is a nationally recognized member of the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists. This means we clean each bridal gown individually with care. Learn more about wedding gown cleaning and preservation options at www.TreasuredGarmentRestoration.com.

*Photos by Ashley Kimbrough Photography

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An 1800’s Wedding Dress Heirloom

Family heirlooms hold a special piece of history that gets passed down from generation to generation. The Payseur family made it a point to preserve their piece of history that’s over 120 years old: a great grandmother’s wedding gown from 1895.

Alice E. Prevo married Harry D. Irwin in Indiana on June 5, 1895. Prevo’s father, Samuel, owned a men’s haberdashery called The Model Store which eventually expanded into the family department store: Prevo and Sons. The store eventually closed in 1992. You could say style was always in the family.


The dress was ordered from New York City, but that’s the only information the Payseur family knows about the dress’s background. It was stored in the original tissue and box it was shipped in and has remained in a closet for many years.

“When my husbands’ Aunt moved, she asked everyone in the family who would like it [the wedding dress] and we were the lucky recipients,” Payseur said.

This fabulous dress is made of silk with silk bows and some lace on the front. Although the fabric is very delicate, it was fully intact and therefore able to withstand very careful and meticulous hand cleaning and pressing. The preservation process had to be handled very gently, but we wanted to give new life to the dress.

The dress has leg of mutton sleeves (because that’s what they resemble when worn), a high neckline and bows, very common with the 1890’s women’s Victorian dress style. The fact that the dress is a two-piece is also common for the times. We set up the dress on a mannequin and stuffed the shoulders to show what it would’ve looked like when it was worn.

Prevo’s great-great granddaughter will now have multiple generations of wedding dresses: her own dress from 2011, her mom’s dress, her grandmother’s dress, her great-grandmother’s dress and now her great-great grandmother’s gown. Talk about family heirlooms!

“Thank you to all your staff for preserving this piece of family history for us,” Payseur added.

If you have any questions about wedding gowns, specialty or vintage items to be cleaned or preserved, please visit Treasured Garment Restoration.

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Devan’s Wedding Gown Preservation Journey

Red wine stains and dirty bar floors couldn’t keep this bride’s dress down. Bride Devan and her new husband Sam had their special day this past summer in Iowa, that included a memorable wedding dress cleaning immediately after. As you’ll see in this Q&A with Devan and her dress, a mother’s wedding contribution cannot be understated. Enjoy the journey Devan’s gown took from the dance floor to wedding dress cleaning and preservation.

 

When was your wedding and where did it take place?

Our wedding was on July 6, 2018, in Des Moines, Iowa. The ceremony and reception both took place outside at Salisbury House and Gardens.

When did you know that your wedding dress was “the one?”

My wedding dress is a fit-and-flare with a lot of tulle on the bottom. I always knew I wanted a fitted bridal gown. I tried on lots of different styles, but I came back to one of the first dresses I tried on.

 

What is your absolute favorite memory from your wedding day?

My favorite memory from our wedding day was seeing my friends and family all in one place at the same time. It was such an awesome experience. I felt so loved and could not believe all of those people came to see us! I also loved getting ready in the morning with my mom, mother-in-law, and bridesmaids. It was a super relaxing morning and I loved getting pampered!

Why did you decide to get your wedding dress cleaned?

 

My mom took my wedding dress to the cleaner without me knowing. I’m super glad she did. We went to a bar after the wedding and my dress got super dirty on the bottom, so it needed a wedding gown preservation! I had also spilled red wine all down the front of the wedding dress, so it needed to be cleaned!

Why did you bring your wedding dress to Treasured Garment Restoration?

I am not sure why my mom chose Treasured Garment Restoration for the wedding dress cleaning. I am sure it was a close location to her house!

Treasured Garment Restoration is a nationally recognized member of the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists. This means we clean each wedding dress individually, with anti-sugar stain treatment, MuseumCare™ Preservation process to guarantee the wedding dress will not yellow over the course of a lifetime. This is the best way to ensure your wedding dress is protected for generations to come. Learn more about wedding dress cleaning and preservation at www.TreasuredGarmentRestoration.com.

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