Look Your Best For That Fall Wedding

Wedding season is in full swing, and that means you’ll find yourself attending at least one nuptial celebration soon if you haven’t already! Here at Treasured Garment Restoration, we know first hand how stressful it can be making sure you look your best for such an occasion, so we thought we’d give you a few tips.

Get Your Item Cleaned and Pressed

First things first: make sure your clothing is cleaned and pressed properly before you pack.  If you’ve dropped your items off with our sister company, St Croix Cleaners for dry cleaning, they can even fold your dress shirts for you!

How to Dress for a Wedding

Pay attention to the invitation! Semi-formal does not mean business casual, nor is it a license to dress sloppy. Men, make sure you have a nice, well-fitting suit for the occasion while women should be sure to have a dressy, short or long dress. Also, avoid white; that’s the bride’s color!

How to Fold a Suit Jacket for Easy Packing

Here’s a neat tip for traveling men! The method itself is pretty easy, but it’ll take a few tries to master. You want to pop one of the shoulders inside out while holding the suit jacket upright, and fold the outside of the jacket into itself, almost inside out. For a step-by-step with photos to help you along, follow this link over to the Black Lapel style blog.

Keep your Dress Wrinkle Free

For the least amount of worry, using a garment bag is going to be your best bet. If you’ve had your dress dry cleaned (hopefully with us!) we recommend keeping your dress in the dry cleaning bag while traveling as this will help prevent wrinkles. Once you get to your destination, take the dress out, and hang up.  If it has some wrinkles, hang on a hook in the bathroom while you take a shower—the steam will relax most wrinkles.  Also, for any stubborn wrinkles—you can use a hairdryer (on hot) on the reverse side of the fabric to relax them even more!  A normal size garment bag should be able to hold 2 to 3 dresses, meaning you’ll be set no matter what the circumstances.

Finally…

Don’t forget about St Croix Cleaners’ same day service, which is available at a number of our locations for any last-minute garments you need to be cleaned!

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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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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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A few of the Most Expensive Wedding Gowns

The average wedding gown in 2017 cost $1,211, but that doesn’t even come close to some of the most expensive wedding gowns of all time.  These designers are always trying to be at the height of fashion and the top of the price range!

Starting back in the 1950s, we have the Imperial Pearl Syndicate gown.  Simple in design, this gown was made with over 100,000 cultured pearls on a bed of white satin and a silk ballerina skirt.  This gown weighs an astonishing amount at 27 pounds and most models could only stand to wear it for a half an hour at a time! This dress was considered the most expensive gown during its time period, total cost was $100,000!

A more commonly know wedding gown is the custom Alexander McQueen creation that Kate Middleton wore on her wedding day to Prince William designed by Sarah Burton.  Kate’s gown featured a Satin Bodice with a slightly padded hip.  The attention to detail is truly incredible.  The lace was hand placed and sewn onto the bodice, and cascading in the back is a tasteful 9ft train. It was pieced together like petals on a flower and made with ivory silk and hand embroidered flowers.  This dress comes in at $388,000!

From a very traditional gown to one that doesn’t quite represent the ideal wedding, we have the Vera Wang Peacock Gown.  Vera Wang used the talents of 8 other designers and 2009 male peacock feathers to great the garment.  It contains 2009 feathers to commemorate the year when it was created.  Each feather had to be individually placed and sew on the base of the dress.  Although this gown has yet to be worn at an actual wedding the total cost is $1.5 million dollars!

Our final gown known as The Diamond Wedding Gown was a collaboration between designer Kenee Strauss and jeweler Martin Katz.  It is considered the most expensive wedding dress in the world.  It was made in 2006 for no particular bride, featuring the finest silks and has over 150 karats of diamonds hand sewn to it.  This gown was used just as a display piece for the Ritz-Carlton. If you would like to wear this gown for your wedding, it will set you back $12 million!

Whether your dress was found at a thrift store to a $12 million dollar couture gown, Treasured Garment Restoration has everything you need.  Please check out our wedding alteration services or our cleaning and preservation services for all your bridal needs!

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Wedding Traditions Around the World

Whether or not you’re into the traditions of weddings, they exist in every country and culture you can think of.  Here in the United States we have tossing the bouquet and not seeing the bride before the wedding, but what do a few other countries do to celebrate a day of love and fun?

 

China

In China, the date is not so easily set.  Most couples will consult a fortune teller to find a date for their wedding using their birthdays and traditional Chinese lucky numbers. On the morning of the wedding, the groom and groomsmen would make their way to the bride’s home where he and his friends would have to negotiate and haggle with the bridesmaids to enter the house.  This usually included using his wits and money to bribe himself in.  Once the offer was good enough the groom would join the bride’s parents for tea as a parting ritual.  Weddings in China are a way for a family to show their wealth, therefore meals are typically 10-12 courses with very expensive meal options.  Along with expensive food, the bride and groom would change from traditional Chinese wedding garb to a western style dress, and depending on the family’s wealth they may have several wardrobe changes after that.

Scotland

Weddings in Scotland are rich, colorful, and involve a lot more than just wearing a kilt.  Unlike our US bachelor parties, the groomsmen will capture the groom, cover him in feathers, soot, and flour then parades him through the village as they yell and make a scene.  This ritual is not as commonly practiced anymore but is still seen in a few rural areas of Scotland.  For the bride’s apparel, they wear a traditional white dress but keep a sixpence hidden in their shoe and a sprig of white heather in their bouquets to bring good luck to their marriage.  The groom traditionally pays for the wedding dress as the bride buys the “wedding sark” or shirt worn by the groom.  Before the ceremony it is tradition to do the wedding walk, this is where the groom accompanies the maid of honor with the bride and best man following.  After the ceremony, the newlyweds leave as a couple and the best man and maid of honor leave together.  For the wedding walk to yield good luck they must cross water twice.  At the reception, the traditional grand march is often the first dance to take place.  It begins with the couple marching to bagpipes followed by the bridal party, parents, and lastly the guests! Finally, the guests accompany the bride and groom to their house, a piece of cake is broken over the bride’s head, and the groom carries her over the threshold to protect her from bad spirits.  The minister then blesses the house, and the newlyweds, after this the ceremony is finished.

Egypt

Egyptian weddings have taken a lot of cues from Western traditions, but still, have some very interesting activities.  The night before the wedding the bride and all her friends and family will get together for a Henna party.  Henna is believed to be good luck, and in ancient times it was customary to dip your whole hands and feet in henna, now that is outdated and most time an artist is hired to work on the women.  In most weddings, there is a colorful procession to take the bride to the groom’s house.  Beautifully decorated cars take both families to the venue accompanied by a noisy parade.  The marriage is typically performed by a Maazon, and once the marriage certificate is signed the bride and groom will put their hands together and press their thumbs against one another’s to be covered with a white handkerchief and bound.  A reading from the Quran is read and the marriage is confirmed.  The handkerchief is then removed by the Maazon or a single man to be blessed for his own wedding.  Legally the couple is married but can not stay together until after the reception.  Unlike the US, Egyptian receptions can happen the next day, next week, or even a year after the ceremony has taken place! Most Egyptian receptions start around 10 pm and go on till the next morning.  At the end of the night, the couple retires to their bridal suite while the guests throw wheat into the air, which is a sign of fertility!

 

With all these difference between countries, a few things stay the same: a couple commits their lives together, everybody has a great time, and some serious dry cleaning is needed after! Let us take care of all your wedding needs no matter what traditions you put your clothes through!

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70 Year Old Pin Up Dress Restored

Rolf Armstrong & Jewel Flowers circa 1940

Jewel Flowers was an iconic American pinup model from North Carolina.  She was a favorite of well-known WWII pin-up artist, Rolf Armstrong, and collaborated on many portraits with him during her 20-year modeling career.  The two met when Armstrong posted an ad in the New York Times and Flowers responded to the ad.  This resulted in featuring her in over 50 pin-ups.  Flowers often wore custom made, elaborate gowns or costumes in her portraits.  

When Lynn Ficher brought in a vintage dress worn by Jewel Flowers – it had been over 70 years since the dress was modeled by Flowers in an Armstrong’s portrait (shown below).  Ficher brought the gown to Treasured Garment Restoration, a division of St Croix Cleaners early November.  Considering the age of the vintage gown, the skirt was in fairly good condition. However, the purple velvet bodice of the dress was deteriorating and not in a condition where it could survive any cleaning or restoration method. 


 

Kat Clobes, our Treasured Garment team member worked with Ficher and the decision was made to rebuild the purple bodice of the dress and restore the dress close to its original beauty.

“The overall integrity of the green skirt was in good shape so we cleaned that to the best of our ability. As for the bodice, we rebuilt it from scratch using a similar but less chemically treated purple velvet that will last much longer than the original”


“Girl on a Beam”



The purple and green vintage dress inspired at least two well-known portraits featuring Jewel.  You can see in the before picture of the boned velvet bodice how the fabric was deteriorating. The dress needed extra support to prevent the fabric from separating from the skirt. Precise measurements were taken of the bust and it was completely remade and reattached.

 This vintage dress that was such a piece of World War II pin-up art history was cleaned and preserved with care and will now be able to be displayed for years to come.

If you have an old or vintage treasured garment tucked away and would like to learn more about restoration and preservation options, we’d love to talk with you!  You can reach our team of specially trained Treasured Garment experts to set up a free garment inspection at (651) 705-8623

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80’s Gown Redesigned for Modern Bride

During its time, this gown was right on trend. But now it’s a little hard to relate to the gigantic bows and puffed sleeves! Treasured Garment Restoration has been lucky enough to redesign old gowns to meet modern brides’ tastes and still serve as a great tribute to a mother or grandmother.

Lori Dress Before (1)

This dress (pictured) is a great example of 80’s bridal fashion.  It features everything from the large puffed sleeves to bows and ruffles. By just looking at this dress, it’s hard to envision an idea of how it could be redesigned. Our highly trained alteration specialists can walk you through a redesign and help you create exactly what want for your big day. Don’t believe us? Check this out:

Lori Dress redesign 1

It’s hard to believe this is even the same dress. Our creative specialists removed the sleeves, bows, and ruffles.  They updated the neckline and added new elements to the skirt while keeping the integrity of the original dress.  Brand new lace was added along with new pearl trim. All motifs from the original dress were kept, just readjusted to suit the new design. Look closely at the waistline and you can see that it was changed from the “sweetheart” to a more modern waistline. If you have questions or are interested in doing something like this to your dress give us a call!

We love a new project. To find a location nearest you visit our location page or call one of our 2 bridal alterations’ specialists: 1)Woodbury location off Valley Creek Road (651) 315-8870, or 2)  in Minneapolis-Loring Park (free parking on site) at (651) 927-8198.

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Nichole’s Wedding Gown Preservation

A wedding dress is one of the most important purchases a bride will ever make. To kick off our Real Brides Blogs, we have an extra special interview with Nichole who had her dress redesigned prior to her wedding & cleaned after by our specialists’ at Treasured Garment Restoration. Read more about Nichole’s wedding dress journey below.
Thanks, Nichole!
Pictured above is Nichole’s redesigned dress (left/middle) and her Mother in the original (right)

When was your wedding and where did it take place?
The wedding was at the Barns of Lost Creek in Beldenville, WI on June 27, 2015


When did you know that your wedding dress was “the one”?
The dress was my mom’s. My grandma (dad’s mom) made the dress for my mom 38 years ago. My grandma died when I was 14. So, I thought that it would be special to wear a dress that my mom wore and my grandma made.

What is your absolute favorite memory from your wedding day?
My favorite memory was having my friends and family to celebrate a wonderful day with us.


Why did you decide to get your wedding dress cleaned by Treasured Garment Restoration?
The lace on the wedding dress had yellowed and need to be cleaned to appear white again. I wanted to have the dress restored and altered/updated a bit from the 1970’s look. Therefore, we had it restored and changed to be more in style.

Photographer Credit: Studio 220

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Third Generation Dress

Here at Treasured Garment Restoration we’re lucky enough to hear
many great stories behind some of the garments we have coming in.
Recently, we received a third generation dress to redesign and
restore for a Twin Cities Bride.

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We had the chance to get the full story from the brides mother (pictured above on the right) who worked with Darcy Zeppernick, our Treasured Garment Restoration Wedding Alteration & Design Certified Wedding Specialist.

“Each generation has modified how the headpiece and veil were worn. In 1962, my mother said she never liked how far forward she wore the headpiece and the line of jewels that dangled on her forehead. In 1987 the veil was completely replaced (it didn’t age well). I had to purchase a hoop slip since it was not saved from ’62. This year (2014), my daughter removed the poof and reversed the direction of the veil so she could wear it backwards. She wore the same hoop slip that I wore in 1987. We both noticed how much larger the hoop must have been in 1962.

What I like is that even though it is a vintage (timeless in my opinion) dress, each bride was able to make it uniquely hers by modifying how the veil was worn. Although my mother’s parents bought the dress for her and they were able to see me wear it, they passed before they could see their great granddaughter wear the dress. I know they would have been very pleased!

We learned from Darcy that people used to dance differently compared to now-a-days. People didn’t use to dance with their hands and arms over their heads like they do today so our daughter had to keep that in mind when she wanted to “raise the roof!”

I have one more daughter that may want to wear the dress so it will be preserved for her and any future generations.”-Jeanne Giles

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We love to hear the history of the pieces we’re cleaning. If you have a piece you’ve been meaning to get restored, let us know! We can help make your item look its best and be preserved for years to come.

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