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The Importance of Wedding Dress Preservation

Your wedding dress serves as a reminder for that special day, the day of your dreams. Brides spend a lot of time and money finding their perfect wedding dress for the perfect wedding, so seeing the wedding dress will cause those happy memories to come flooding back. Many wedding gowns get left in a plastic cover at the back of the cupboard or in the loft after the special day with every intention of one day getting it cleaned and preserved. Leaving your wedding dress in its plastic cover will not only cause oxidation of any stains, it could also cause plastic fuming which can discolour the material even more than the yellowish colour that came with age.

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Wedding dresses reflect the bride’s personality and in many cases, you won’t find one like it. Custom tailoring is applied to most dresses and many will personalise it by adding flowers and other patterns to make it their own. Many brides will want to keep their wedding dress either as a token of remembrance to their special day, or to give to their children or grandchildren as a family heirloom so that they can wear it on their own special day. In any case the dress should be properly preserved to ensure that the money spent on the dress doesn’t go to waste, after all many brides will only wear their dress on one day, leaving the dress to get old and discoloured over the many years of their marriage.

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The biggest mistake that many brides make is leaving their dress in the cupboard or loft for weeks, months and even years after the wedding. They usually have every intention to get it cleaned at some point, but that thought is usually put to the back of their mind and forgotten about, unaware of the problems this can cause. Perspiration, body oils, sugar stains and many more can cause bad stains when left on the dress for a long period of time as the stains start to oxidise and discolour the dress. Even invisible stains can cause massive problems if left for too long, darkening the material with age to a brown colour. It is recommended that you get the dress cleaned and preserved within six weeks of the wedding to ensure that the risk of permanent stains is lowered. Treatment can be applied to the dress to remove stains and many wedding dress preservation services will often try their hardest to remove the toughest stains, although they cannot always succeed if the stains have been left for too long. Sunlight is also a huge problem for wedding dresses, as the UV rays can turn yellow over time, but this is not too much of a problem because it can take years for this to happen.

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Once you have had your dress properly cleaned and preserved you should consider properly storing it at home. Your dress should be wrapped in acid free paper and stored in a box to ensure that further yellowing and acid breakdown does not occur. It should never be kept in the plastic garment bag that it came with as this can allow sunlight to penetrate the fabrics and it can also expose the dress to plastic fumes, causing further discolouration. You should store the box under your bed, or in a closet free from sunlight and moisture to ensure that the dress keeps and you can show it to your future generations and possibly even hand it down.

This post was written by Brad Warmbold, on behalf of Carlton Cleaners – providing wedding dress preservation services to Greater Manchester.

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Color Me Beautiful – Choosing your Wedding Dress Color

For some brides to be choosing their wedding dress is by far the most important aspect of planning their wedding. For a handful it could even be a more important decision than choosing the right partner! Choosing a dress to walk down the aisle can be a daunting task, particularly if you have no pre-conceived ideas about what you want. Even if you do know what you want, finding the wedding dress that meets the image in your mind’s eye that you have held for decades can seem like a never ending search and can even end in disappointment if your dream dress just doesn’t look right on you.

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Worse still, for blushing brides who just don’t want to conform to the idea of a traditional white wedding, the task of finding the perfect dress can seem even more impossible. However, help is at hand and fortunately there is a lot more leeway these days when it comes to bridal fashions. Furthermore there is a lot more choice and professionals are on hand to help you source exactly what you require for your big day, particularly when it comes to fashions for brides, bridesmaids and mothers alike.

White dresses are a tradition set by Queen Victoria who wore one at her wedding to Prince Albert in 1840. Since then it has become a common theme in European weddings as brides subsequently wanted to adopt the fashion set by the then Queen. Initially wearing white was also a sign of significant wealth as laundering techniques of the era weren’t what they are today and as a result wearing white indicated a certain social standing.

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With this in mind modern brides looking for an alternative to so called ‘traditional’ white may be more encouraged as wearing white is not actually a symbol of purity and virginity as many often think. It may even mean that more prospective brides look to utilize different colors in their wedding dress than they previously might have done. Here’s a few things to consider:

Know what suits you

Having an idea of what suits you and an image of your dream dress can be two wildly different things. When it comes to wedding dress shopping don’t lose sight of what suits your individual style and shape. More importantly don’t try and become something you’re not just for your wedding day as invariably you will end up feeling uncomfortable and find it hard to enjoy the occasion. The same applies to the color of your dress so if you know that white won’t suit you don’t try to make it fit – opt for something more flattering rather than going with what you think is expected of you.

Talk to professionals

When it comes to weddings it pays to talk to professionals and get as many ideas as possible before making any rash decisions. A professional will know what is both fashionable and seasonal and therefore can guide you with what works and could work for you. When it comes to choosing a wedding dress color they can help you find something that is suitably special and yet flattering for your skin tone and at the same time exceeds your expectations. Don’t feel you have to find everything on your own and end up floundering – getting the opinion of a professional can be invaluable.

Bridal Dress by Mori Lee

Getting covered

Ensuring that you have adequate protection in place in the form of wedding insurance is not just recommended for eventualities like ill health or venue cancellation but is also important to protect assets associated with your wedding. Your wedding dress is one such asset and as such should be covered in your wedding policy to ensure it is safe in the lead up to your wedding day and for its duration.

In any event wherever you purchase your wedding dress from should be able to advise you about different options available for insurance. This is particularly important if you choose to opt for a bespoke, handmade wedding dress rather than one off the peg.

Being happy with your choice

Your wedding is a day to remember for the rest of your life so what is most important is being happy with the choices you make for your wedding and choosing things to please yourself and not others. If you desire to step outside the norm and opt for a different style or color of wedding dress then that is your wish and your loved ones must respect that fact. Making informed and confident choices about how your day should be will stand you in good stead for your future happiness.

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Our Elegance Bridal Gowns offer Unparalleled Beauty and Fit

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If you’re searching for a romantic wedding dress to wear while you walk down the aisle, you may fall in love with one of our gorgeous Elegance bridal gowns. These affordable and exquisite bridal dresses offer ultimate femininity and stellar fit, and they are available in all of our Best for Bride wedding boutiques (as well as our convenient, online bridal store).

Designed with care and painstaking attention to detail, each Elegance bridal gown creates a desirable hourglass silhouette for a true princess effect.

If you’re a bride-to-be who wants a truly regal look, you will adore these sophisticated designs. High-quality fabrics and embellishments are used to highlight every element of your own natural beauty. These gowns fit beautifully to give you a true designer look, without the couture price tag.

To show you the beauty of these exceptional frocks, we’re showcasing a few unforgettable styles. If you find a design that prompts you to say “yes to the dress“, please contact our team of wedding specialists today. We are here to ensure that you get your dream dress in plenty of time for your upcoming nuptials…

You’ll Treasure this Dress for a Lifetime…

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When it comes to finding a truly flattering gown that dazzles and inspires you, the style shown above will definitely be a contender. This ultra-feminine confection is a strapless beauty that hugs your torso without being too tight, and then flows into a full, smooth skirt that is decidedly refined and elegant.

Choose a Sensual Style that Grabs Attention…

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This rich and dimensional gown features a sexy plunging neckline, delicate embroidery and sparkling embellishments that offer plenty of extra texture and visual interest. Accessorize with a wedding veil, or wear your hair sleek and sophisticated for a sensual, high-fashion look. Rosy makeup and drop earrings are really all that you need to show this gown off to perfection.

Sizzle in Sophisticated Black-and-White…

wedding gownWhen it comes to fashionable wedding dresses, some brides-to-be are looking for more individuality. If snow-white dresses don’t really reflect your edgy sensibility, why not go daring by choosing a gorgeous gown that features a  stunning black-and-white bodice that is crafted from the most intricate and feminine lace? To accessorize this elegant design, wear your hair up, and then choose a strong lip color to balance the look.

Now that you know more about Elegance bridal gowns, why not visit our Best for Bride website to view the entire collection? We also offer a range of practical services to our valued brides-to-be, such as wedding dress alterations, engagement rings, wedding cakescheap bridesmaids dresses, and so much more…

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Look Your Best in our Plus-size Wedding Dresses

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Lush curves are beautiful, and they deserve to be adorned in plus-size wedding gowns with all of the bells and whistles. At Best for Bride, we cater to ladies of all shapes and sizes, and we provide a range of plus-size bridal dresses that range from elegant and subtle to flamboyant and wildly fashionable. If you’re in the plus-size category and you’re planning to tie the knot, you’ll enjoy discovering everything that we offer to brides-to-be just like you. To give you a taste of our best designs, we’ve spotlighted a few exceptional styles, one of which may inspire you to say “yes to the dress“.

Gorgeous Designs for Curvy Brides-to-be

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Show off everything that is beautiful about you in a shimmering, princess-style plus-size wedding dress adorned with yards of gorgeous, smooth satin and delicate, feminine beading. Your bosom and waist will be highlighted in the type of plus-size bridal gown shown above, and the full skirt will bypass your hips, belly and thighs, creating the ideal hourglass silhouette. This gown needs few accessories; however, if you dream of a truly regal look, consider wearing one of our lovely, exquisite veils, along with a glittering tiara headpiece. High-heeled wedding shoes will complete the look.

To slim your face, build volume into your hairstyle at the crown, and leave long layers around your neck and shoulders. A strong lipcolor that matches your skin tone will balance your features and draw the eye inwards, creating an optical illusion that narrows your face. To learn more, please watch our YouTube video about Plus Size Wedding Dresses, which features some of our lovely plus-size brides-to-be…

Enjoy Sheer Elegance that is Perfect for your Body Type

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Some brides-to-be don’t really want to wear strapless gowns. If you fall into that category, you should know that offer stunning bridal dresses with supportive, yet totally beautiful and decorative, strap detailing. Stunning, fashionable wedding dresses, such as the striking design shown above, offer a touch of Art Deco elegance that is so timeless and sophisticated. This beautiful gown is the perfect complement to glittering drop earrings, and its careful tucking and pleating will streamline your torso to perfection.

To highlight your beauty on the big day, create a sexy, smoky-eye effect by layering black eyeliner, smoky charcoal and dove-grey eye shadows, and highlighting your brow bone with a drop of pearly highlighter. Then, accent your cheekbones and lips with a rosy hue. If you don’t have the makeup application skills to create a smoky eye look on your own, ask a local makeup artist to do the job for you or give you a tutorial. Many curvy celebs, such as J. Lo, rely on the sultry, smoky-eye look to make a splash at big events, such as the Academy Awards.

Feel Like a Movie Star in our Goddess-inspired Wedding Dresses

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As you walk down the aisle, you enter a new phase of your life. Celebrate your journey into matrimony by treating yourself to a plus-size wedding gown that makes you feel totally glamorous, polished, and beautiful. Our goddess-inspired wedding dresses, such as the lovely, draped design shown above, feature the sort of style details that flatter a curvy body and offer a touch of pure Hollywood glamour. The style pictured above features a plunging neckline that visually slims your upper half, while also calling attention to your sensual curves. A sparkly, jewelled belt adds visual impact and creates a more defined waistline.

Stunning, easy-to-wear, and so affordable, our plus-size wedding dresses are a wedding day dream come true…

Visit Best for Bride to view more of our signature designs. We also offer wedding invitations, wedding favors, mother of the bride dresses, and so much more. Our caring service is legendary, so why not treat yourself to the sort of personalized attention that you really deserve?