Top Three Partial Wedding Planning Ideas

No. 1: The first thing I think about with partial wedding planning is a coordinator, which is more of what I do alongside my alterations. A coordinator is someone that helps you basically plan out the day of and make a game plan for that that can be shared with all vendors. They help you coordinate how the whole day is going to unfold. They are generally right there with you for a chunk of time, maybe 8 hours helping you. When I coordinate, I’m generally there for 8 hours, so I let that be either heavier on the side of decorations or later in the day and heavier on the side of the reception. So that’s a wedding coordinator.

Secondly, when I think of partial wedding planning, I think of a digital planner. A digital planner is someone that you consult with over the phone. They are someone that can help you over phone meetings as you plan your wedding. You can generally book with this person as you go. So if you feel like you only need an hour, you can book a one hour consultation or you can come back and revisit that. Generally, a virtual wedding planner is going to help you create that timeline and execute that and be able to delegate that to a family member or someone else who is going to step in the day of.

The third and last one is selecting a wedding planner book. I recommend selecting a wedding planner book that is going to guide you through the process. That I could see as partial wedding planning. You will need to find a good wedding planner book that will help guide you through the process efficiently. Those are my top partial wedding planning. Keep your eye out for our summer launch of our very own wedding planning book! We will be announcing it at Instagram. Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify and go follow us on Facebook. And if you haven’t yet and you’re in the middle of planning your wedding, go ahead and go to our home page and grab that free to do list. It’s called our I Do List. You don’t want to miss out on it. It’s totally free and it’s going to help you. It’s just 15 minutes of your time to de-stress your wedding just a little bit. Talk to you soon!

Wedding Dress Cleaning & Preservation Process | Sun Valley, Idaho

Hey friends, Brittanie with Modern Cottage Bridal & Prom. I want to jump on here really quickly and answer a recent common question. That is: What is the wedding dress cleaning and preservation process like? For starters, there are two different options when it comes to cleaning and preservation. You can bring it to me directly. That’s always an option.

“You can schedule a pickup or drop off, or I can ship you a shipping kit.”


You can schedule a pickup or drop off, or I can ship you a shipping kit. With that, you can mark, your stains and ship that out. All shipping is signature required on your wedding gown preservation and cleaning. Once you ship out your gown, the wait time is about six to 10 weeks from there, you can expect to have your gown returned to you, boxed and preserved.

Also, when you open it up, and if you wish to pull it out of the box or look at it, it’s important to wear gloves. The reason being is the oil from your hands can actually stain the dress over time. With preservation, you have to keep that in mind. We always recommend additional storage outside of the cardboard box provided. The box does work fine as long as you have the two boxes around it. I think that would be just fine for storage, but it’s definitely important to get some sort of waterproof box around it. I think that’s important. Aside from that, it’s a pretty simple process. If you have any questions, feel free to visit our contact page and inquire there about wedding gown preservation and cleaning. Or you can text me at 208-696-1155



-The Bridal Tailor

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 and her Instagram page @grishandwatson.