Tux Rentals, Suits, and Timing

Hey, guys, Britt here. Happy Saturday. I am jumping on here really quickly to chat with you guys about the timing of tuxedo rentals and suits.

So if you have a winter event coming up, let’s say let’s say its next weekend and you’re wondering if you can get a tuxedo rental in time or a suit in time for your event. I would recommend placing your or no later than 4 p.m. on Monday during the week of your event. Be sure to stop by to get your measurements & pick out your style before then. By getting that handled before 4 p.m. on Monday helps to avoid any rush shipping. This helps to alleviate timing as well, just in case we need to do alterations. Also, it insures that your tuxedo rental will be here in time by say Wednesday, Thursday the week of your event. We can then do any alterations and adjustments to get you ready for Saturday.

Aside from that, we do have suits and tuxedos available for purchase, and this is a great option if you have multiple formal events coming up.

If you are going to be a wedding guest at several weddings during the summer, having a nice suit jacket on hand that is tailored is a really great go-to. The best thing about ordering from us is that our alterations are complimentary. That’s no extra charge to you for either a tux rental or suit for purchase. Generally speaking, it’s really never too late to order except when we’re down to those last couple of days before the event. At that point we’re really limited on options. We want to make sure we get in to place your order for your event no later than five days before your event. I would say it’s always best to start somewhere around 30 days before your event, just to ensure that we have that sizing available for you. I hope you guys have a great Saturday and I’ll talk to you soon.


The Bridal Tailor

The Right Timeline for Wedding Dress Alterations

Hey, guys. I am jumping on here really quickly to chat with you guys about what the right timeline looks like for alterations as far as bridal alterations go and for bridesmaid dress alterations or anything non bridal. I do recommend forty five days or more for bridesmaid dresses or non-bridal. If you are less than forty five days, that is not a big deal. Just consider that there will be a thirty five dollar rush feee. As far as bridal gown alterations, if your first fitting starts 90 days or more, that is a great timeline to be on. Three to four months ahead of time before your wedding date allows for plenty of time to work your dress in the mix of things.

Wedding Dress Alterations | La Grande, OR

Again, if you need to book your first fitting less than 90 days before your wedding date, there will be a rush fee of one hundred dollars. That is just because we’re pushing you to the front of the line. Also, if you book your first fitting 90 days or more before your wedding date, you can get a $75 voucher towards your towards any additional services. So I hope that helps with the timing. Again, you can use the schedule appointment link to schedule fitting online. You don’t have the messages for that. Just use that link and use it at your own convenience. Have an awesome day!

Wedding Dress Alterations | La Grande, OR


-The Bridal Tailor

What to Bring to Your Tuxedo Rental Meeting | La Grande, Oregon

Hi friends! I am jumping on here really quickly to answer a recent question about what to bring to your tuxedo rental meeting. So the first thing I want to start with is to prep ahead and browse styles on the website. If you visit our tuxedo rental page here, you can look under services and tuxedo rentals. On that page, we have some featured styles.

Grey Suit Rental | La Grande, Oregon

From there you can also there should be a link on there that goes to Jim’s Formal Wear. On their website, you can look at further styles. You can also use their build a tux app that actually builds a style completely together. You can customize the the vest and tie to whatever color you want to have. Then, beyond that, the next step is to schedule a meeting here.

Black Tuxedo Rental | La Grande, Oregon

Once you’re on the calendar, I highly recommend bringing color swatches. So if you don’t have any offhand, and you want to get color swatches that match your bridesmaid dresses or any colors that are within your wedding theme, you can go to the paint section at Walmart or Ace and you can pick out paint swatches there. That’s a great way to match those colors spot on. So I hope you guys have an awesome day! If you guys have any questions, don’t hesitate to message me.


The Bridal Tailor

Stephanie & Tyler

Winn Homestead Wedding | Walla Walla, Washington

Stephanie first stopped in our little cottage earlier this year and I was so excited to see a beautiful classic Maggie Sottero gown. Stephanie & Tyler chose to get married at Winn Homestead tucked in on the back side of mount Emily on your way to Walla Walla, Washington.

” Right after Tyler and I met, for our first date I went to his house on his grandpas farm to go play in the snow. That night the roads got drifted and I was stuck there. The snow didn’t stop coming and I was snowed in there with him for about a week. And the rest is history! It was a great way to get to know each other and it’s my favorite memory with him. “

Blackbird Photography

There’s a ton of beauty intertwined in a love story that starts with being snowed in. It was a blessing to be a part of this wedding and story by helping Stephanie find the perfect fit. Scroll down for more highlights form their wedding day!


The Bridal Tailor

“Britannie did an amazing job fitting my dress to my body! She was flexible and made me feel comfortable. “



Photographer: Blackbird Photography
Dress Alterations: Modern Cottage Bridal
Dress Boutique: Bridal By Marie
Floral Design: Petal Me Home Flowers

Modern Vintage Style Lace Wedding Gown

Sleeved Lace Wedding Dress | Blackbird Photography

Kori first met with me with a stunning idea. I simply loved the thought of creating a unique lace wedding dress with her style in mind. She selected gorgeous embroidered off white lace layered over dusty blue/grey jersey for her bridal bodysuit top. After thumbing through a few different silk and satin selections, we both loved the drape of the off white silk charmeuse. I can’t get over how well the pocket details and horsehair trim on this bridal skirt compliment the details of the lace bodysuit top.

Sleeved Lace Wedding Dress | Blackbird Photography

When she told me of how she was going to put her look together from the braid to earrings and makeup, I was so exited to see it all come together. She stayed so positive through the custom gown process, I am so thankful for her kind spirit and lovely style. I loved making your gown, Kori, and completing the look with your bridal party suit vest rentals. See below for more detailed shots by Blackbird Photography on how they put their bridal look together.


Vendor Team

Tuxedo Rentals: Modern Cottage Bridal

Custom Dress: Modern Cottage Bridal

Photography: Blackbird Photography

Flowers: Bloomerang Flowers

Sleeved Lace Wedding Dress | Blackbird Photography

“She selected gorgeous embroidered off white lace layered over dusty blue/grey jersey for her bridal bodysuit top. “

Sleeved Lace Wedding Dress | Blackbird Photography
Bloomerang Flowers | Blackbird Photography
Bloomerang Flowers | Semi-formal Tux Rental | Grey Vest | Modern Cottage Bridal | Blackbird Photography
Bloomerang Flowers | Semi-formal Tux Rental | Grey Vest | Lace Sleeved Wedding Dress | Modern Cottage Bridal | Blackbird Photography

How Wedding Dress Preservation Works

Hi, friends, it’s Britt here. Just jumping on here really quickly to talk to you guys about how wedding dress preservation works.

There are multiple ways to preserve your gown.

There are three options for they way you preserve your dress. You can either a set up a time to drop off your dress or you can schedule a pickup. A pick up would be where I travel to you and pick up your gown. The third option, too, is that I can mail you a shipping kit. After that, I go through and I evaluate where the stains are. If there might be any damage, I would take note of that and make sure the wedding gown receives extra attention for that care. If you have a preservation shipping kit, I would help guide your through those steps along the way. If you are a long distance and I have sent you a shipping kit.

“Vintage wedding gowns that are from the 1960s come back looking more of a fresh white ivory versus an aged yellowed ivory.”

How Wedding Gown Preservation Works | Modern Cottage Bridal | La Grande, Oregon

Your gown value, fabric content, and designer are all taken into consideration when we preserve it.

We take into consideration the value of the gown, the content of the fabric, and the designer as well. All this information is really important when it comes to cleaning, and then the wedding gown gets shipped to be cleaned by our certified specialists. Once that is complete, which can take up to four to five weeks depending on how backed up the cleaning company is, that gown is then returned to either you or me.

The shipping is very secure!

Shipping is very secure and I’ve been absolutely ecstatic about the results! Gowns have come back looking like new! Vintage wedding gowns that are from the 1960s come back looking more of a fresh white ivory versus an aged yellowed ivory. The repairs are astronomical. You can’t even tell. It looks like a brand new gown!

So that’s it in a nutshell. That is how wedding dress preservation works. As always if you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. You can contact me here. You can also schedule your wedding dress cleaning online here.


3 Reasons Why Wedding Gown Preservation is for You

Brittanie here with Modern Cottage. I just wanted to jump on here really quickly and chat with you guys about wedding gown preservation and the benefits of wedding gown preservation.

1. Stains can cause long term damage

The number one reason that you should look into cleaning your wedding gown right away is because those stains can set and abrasion can really cause more wear and tear over time. It’s not something you want to procrastinate. However, if your dress has been sitting in your closet for six months, a year, five years, ten years, the company that we use to clean wedding gowns, they can’t get out. The professionals there can get out any stain, I’m telling you. Any stain.

2. It will hold it’s color for up to 100 years

The second reason wedding gown preservation and cleaning can be the best for option for you and your dress is it holds color for up to 100 years. If your family and even just yourself hold wedding gowns as a high sentimental value, it is worth it to have it preserved because the preservation will hold the true color of the dress for a hundred years. That’s really amazing because say you have a granddaughter or niece or someone in your life who really loved your dress and you want to share that with them. You’d be able to share that. The preservation would keep the original integrity of the dress so they can use it or see it as if it were brand new.

3. It’s sentimental to you

The last reason that preserving your wedding dress can be really great for you is if you really loved your dress and you want to show it off in some sort of piece of your household. Our wedding, our preservation service makes it so your dress comes back looking like brand new, but it’s also on a dress form, a cardboard dress form, and it comes in a cardboard shadow box. Here’s the thing though, you can store your gown in a unique way in your household. If it’s preserved, you can put it in a trunk or a wooden shadow box on the wall. There are so many unique things to do with it. Then you get to truly see and love your dress for years to come. If it’s on your wall, or in your living room, it’s part of your home.

Preservation is definitely more for those of you who feel as though you want to keep your gown for years to come. Cleaning is something you want to do only if you’re really just planning on reselling your gown or donating, simply because it won’t keep well in storage over the course of several years. If you do plan on storing it in storage or within your home, preservation is great, because the additional cleaning that’s done to it with preservation will prevent it from any external damage.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, you can contact us here at the link below to schedule your wedding dress, cleaning or preservation.

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Wedding Gown Preservation | Modern Cottage Bridal | La Grande, Oregon

Hiring A Wedding Vendor: Saving The Date

This post is vendor shoutout featuring Grish & Watson! I truly enjoyed working with Amanda and getting to know a little bit more about her world and search her brain for helpful tips and tricks for those of you with your special day coming up!

Amanda is born and raised in Oregon and proud of it! She is currently located in Portland where her and her team have been helping couple’s with all their stationary needs since 2016. Together they help couples with signage, table settings, invites, save the dates, and much more paper related needs! On top of everything, 10% of all profits go towards organizations that help empower women and girls. How great is that?!

Calligraphy and letter writing has been a passion and inspiration of hers for many years. Taking the next step into turning that passion into a business seemed like the perfect way to share her skill! Amanda’s favorite part about her job is being able to see the power of words be brought to life through her work. It is also important to her that “you should be able to trust your vendors, not only to deliver on your vision, but also to deliver on time. When you make an investment in a professional, you’re not only supporting the livelihood of their craft, but also can expect to see your vision come to life.” This is truly shown in her quality of work.

A couple tips that Grisham shared with me were:

  1. Find your inspiration! Pinterest, magazines, and other images are always great to have. Once you have that general idea, Amanda is happy to help organize those ideas and help form the look that is perfect for you and your event.
  2. Don’t be afraid to ask your vendors for samples. “It is so much easier to try things out in the beginning, then to wait ’til the end!”
  3. Take a moment to breathe and relax. This is such an exciting time for you! “Ask as many questions as you can, and be okay saying no, or asking for help!” This is your day and we are all working to help make those dreams come true.

It was a pleasure speaking with Grish & Watson and being able to spotlight this great woman and company! Be sure to visit her website at https://www.grishandwatson.com and her Instagram page @grishandwatson.

How to Throw a Great Bachelorette Party

Hello brides and bridesmaids!  Today’s post was made in partnership with Belle Bachelorette.

A lot of times the task of planning a weekend that will be unforgettable and fully celebratory for the bride to be is a daunting and overwhelming one. The typical go-to “bride tribe” event is a trip to Vegas with fancy drinks and traveling from club to club. Belle Bachelorette is about creating a more unique and adventurous experience.

A little about the company: Belle Bachelorette is located in the Pacific Northwest, and is all about “taking the party outside” because they believe that “the air is fresher, the drinks taste better”, and that fireside feasts and conversation are unforgettable! 

For your squad’s outdoor bachelorette party, they recommend these few tips:

  • Research and book your campsite or lodging well in advance!
    • The summer is a popular season for outdoor activities, so you’ll want to make sure and plan way ahead.
    • One thing to think about when booking a camping site in particular would be to book sites that are right next to each other so that there is ample space for all party-goers, and there won’t be any worries about bothering other neighboring campers.
  • Bring lots of lighting!
    • Lighting options can include the typical flashlights, or creative lanterns and string lighting. 
    • This helps keep the party going as long as you want!
    • Set up stations!
    • Belle Bachelorette wants you to keep in mind that you are “glamping” not camping. 
    • Bring glamour to the woods by adding a handwashing station, hydration station, snack station, and OF COURSE a cocktail station!
  • Bring lots of bedding!
    • No matter what’s going on throughout the day, ample pillows, blankets, air mattresses, and comforters are always a good idea.
  • Last but not least, hangover remedies!
    • Pack yourselves some Advil, sports drinks, and your favorite “hair of the dog” cocktail. You will thank yourself later!

Keep in mind that the people and the memories you make while celebrating your favorite bride to be are what is most important. Belle Bachelorette is there to help you with the details!

You can follow Belle Bachelorette on Instagram @bellebachelorette or visit their website, https://www.bellebachelorette.com/packages

Cheers ladies!

My Story on How I Got Started Sewing

Hey guys it’s Britt. The main question I get when we have like a first fitting is “How did you get started with sewing?”

Basically I started sewing when I was 5 years old. My grandma gave me my grandpa’s old sweatshirts and I would cut them up and hand sew little dresses for my dolls. Then I ended up getting into for sewing 4-H because my mom actually saw I had an interest in it. My grandma loves to hand sew and she and my mom both really mentored me and got me into that which I am super thankful for. Then at age 16 I started my first job as a seamstress at a local bridal shop.

“Then I went off to college with you and studied apparel design and merchandising management. From there I continued to work in bridal shops. After I had my son I decided to work from home. “

This is my 12th year as a professional seamstress. The name Modern Cottage actually came from me describing my modern country style. Also, my husband and I were always calling our house a little cottage of a home and we’re slowly modernizing it.

I love working from home, it is a true blessing to watch my son grow. Thank you for supporting this small business.