Wedding Dress Preservation

Monet + Trinity | Wallowa Lake Wedding

Bride Monet brought her stunning @enzoani wedding dress to us in need of alterations for her wedding day. With a few adjustments to the bodice, straps, and multilayered hemline, we found the right fit.

I love seeing how everything came together for their big day! Wallowa Lake certainly has my heart since my home town isn’t too far from there.

If you are getting married in October 2023 or November 2023, don’t wait to grab your August alterations spot. Text us at 208-696-1155 to schedule an appointment.

If you haven’t already, go check out these wonderful vendors on Instagram:

Venue: @wallowalakelodge

Photography: @ahleesimoments

Makeup: @ashleyannemakeup

Top 5 Pro Tips for Designing your own Wedding Dress

We are beyond excited for all the creative wedding dress designs we are working on this year! See below our top five professional wedding dress designing tips for designing your own wedding dress with us!

Shana Bailey Photography

1. Narrow down your complete bridal look before your first design meeting.

Be sure to have your complete look in mind prior to your first meeting. Utilize Pinterest, wedding magazines, or Google images for inspiration. When you pin or print your inspirational photos write a caption with description of which feature you loved about your dress.

2. Have a budget in mind for both your dress and alterations.

While we include alterations in custom dresses for our local clients, if you are long distance you will need a separate budget for alterations local to you.

3. Trust the process!

Once you’ve booked your custom wedding dress, trust the process! It’s so hard to wait, but just like in the shop, all good things take time. Gown production can take 6-9 months.

4. Select shoes of the same height before your try on.

While you might not have the right vision for your accessories, shoes are the most important for a first fitting. Be sure to check return policies with the boutique you order from.

5. Have a selection of undergarment options ready for try on.

We have a selection undergarments we can special order for you. Be sure to inquire this at your time of measurements and fabric selection. Most cases dresses are created with enough support to avoid the need for undergarments. However, it is important to keep this option in mind.

We hope this helps you with your custom wedding dress design process! As always, feel free to reach out via text if you have any questions: 208-696-1155

Best,

Brittanie

-The Bridal Tailor

Top 5 Ways to use a Vintage Wedding Dress

No. 1: Wearing your vintage wedding dress

If you are only a few inches away from squeezing into the family dress, you can request a corset kit to match.  Most vintage dresses are not made with forgiving seams.  If you are local to Walla Walla, Washington, Boise, Idaho, or La Grande, Oregon, I serve these areas for wedding dress alterations.  You can see pricing here.

No. 2: Recycle it

Order a simple wedding dress that is the silhouette you are dreaming of.  Then work one-on-one with a wedding dress designer to create innovative ways to include fabrics from the vintage wedding dress.  Please, don’t try to reconstruct the original dress to be an entirely different dress.  If you are just removing sleeves, or making some adjustments to the neckline, then by all means, rock the original dress on your wedding day. Most vintage wedding dresses were made with little to no under structure. Keep this in mind with recycling.  You can brainstorm some more ideas with me here.

No. 3: Put it in your bouquet

This one is a super simple way to include grandma or mom as you walk down the isle.  It’s the perfect “something old” to add to your wedding day.  This option is perfect if the vintage wedding dress has lace applique.  Talk with your local florist about ways to add the fabric to your bouquet.  Local seamstresses can also make fabric flowers for you to add to your floral arrangements.  Here are a few of my favorite local florists:

La Grande, Baker City, Pendleton, Oregon: Fitzgerald Flowers  Succulent Hub

Walla Walla, Washington: Holly’s Floral Boutique

Boise, Idaho: Flowers At Will

No. 4: Add it to your garter set

A custom garter set is a budget friendly way to add that “something old” to your wedding accessories.  Your seamstress can use the lace applique or create a fabric flower to incorporate with your garter design.  We specialize in custom garters and ship them nationally.  You can schedule a free consultation here.

 

No. 5: Preserve it and display 

Once you dress is cleaned and preserved, you could pick up a vintage mannequin to display the dress on next to a family picture display.  You can preserve and clean your gown by scheduling a cleaning or ordering a cleaning kit here.

If you need help with your project, your first consult with me is free.  Visit our scheduling page to book your first meeting. I look forward to helping you brainstorm your wedding project!

-Britt