Wedding Gown Restoration

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Advice from the experts

Vintage wedding gowns from the 1900’s are hot, thanks to The Great Gatsby and Downtown Abbey. For me, wearing my mom’s wedding dress made the most special day that much more personal and beautiful. And honestly, it was easier than I expected to make the dress my own.  All you need is a little bit of optimism and a few bucks.

The first step is to consider the cost of restoring a vintage gown. Some brides think that the cost is going extremely less, when it comes to redesigning a vintage gown compared to the new ones. But that might not always be the case.  If the gown isn’t in a good condition, like the fabric has holes in it, it’s stained or it doesn’t simply fit. The cost can go higher depending on the amount of work that needs to be done.

So whether your vintage wedding dress is in fabulous condition, or outdated, or in need of repair, read the following tips for restoring and reusing a vintage wedding dress.

 Fit first

Sometimes, vintage wedding gowns can be a little over the top. High necklines and long sleeves in luxurious laces and silk are prevalent among vintage wedding gowns. But the most important part is to find the perfect one, which might be a struggle. But you can always alter it according to the kind of fit you want, and maintaining the beauty of it as well as making it relevant to the present.

Remember, less is more

I’m pretty sure you’re familiar with the saying, “less is more.” And it couldn’t have ring truer than in case of vintage wedding gowns. Snip off those oversized floral rosettes, shoulder pads and puffy sleeves and show a little skin. You might be surprised by the simple beauty that lays underneath it all.

Add details

For the bride who wants to jazz up her vintage wedding dress, lace and custom beading are amazing choices. Also, if some of the buttons are missing or they simply aren’t your style, replace them with something that can reflect your personal style and make it your own.

Layer it

For a vintage gown with a gorgeous bodice, if it has unfortunate stains or has holes in it or tears on the lower half, add a detachable tulle skirt and a beautiful silk sash. The look is one part vintage and one part modern and totally fabulous right!

Make it personal

Vintage wedding gowns are great family heirloom, but if it turns out that the original owner didn’t invest in the proper wedding gown, the dress might not be in good condition over time. Check in with a professional if the dress is beyond saving and you might be pleasantly surprised how some restorations turn out. Consider incorporating the dress into your own personal style. Let the dress speak for you. IF nothing else, sew a small piece of the aged fabric into a lining of your wedding dress or hand bag or the ring bearing cushion to keep your loved ones close by throughout the wedding.

We hope this will be helpful for you when you’re on your way for a vintage wedding gown restoration. And if you need more assistance, at TK Bridal Atlanta, we’re always happy to help.

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