The Association of Wedding Gown Specialists (AWGS) is a non-profit trade organization that specializes in bridal and wedding gown care as well as heirloom textiles. AWGS’s members are certified to ensure that wedding gowns and heirloom textiles of all kinds are cleaned according to established museum standards and preserved in archival-quality materials. Customers that use an AWGS member benefit from the personal, interactive service offered by wedding gown specialists in local communities, but the guarantee is truly an international warranty because each member honors the guarantee of ev
You spent countless hours searching for the perfect wedding gown. It’s impossible to describe just how you felt wearing it on your big day, but that day is over and now it’s time to preserve your wedding gown for a future generation. How do you choose a cleaner? What should you expect to receive when it comes to wedding gown cleaning and preservation? After all, having your wedding gown preserved is a big investment, and it’s important to know what you’re receiving in the process. When you have your gown cleaned and preserved at Shores, it’s far
My husband and I wanted a small, intimate, outdoor wedding, so we got married in May. You would think that an evening wedding in May would be a lovely occasion, but unfortunately it was incredibly hot. We got married in front of a lovely gazebo which sat beside a stream while our guests baked in the hot sun. In my mind, I pictured it very differently. An outdoor wedding can be risky in any season, but I wish I’d thought the time of year through a bit more before we set the date.
While I’m not a big fan of winter, I do like the fact that we have different seasons, and if I’m going to be completely honest, much of it has to do with clothing. My style varies with each season, and just as I’m getting bored with the things in my closet, the weather changes and so do my outfits. I love the wardrobe change; I don’t love the work involved.
My parents really like to purchase things for my sister, my niece, and me that we wouldn’t normally buy on our own. A number of years ago, my sister and niece both asked for designer handbags for Christmas, and my mom had so much fun shopping and purchasing their bags, and they have really enjoyed carrying those bags, that a new tradition began where my parents bought them an expensive bag every Christmas and birthday.
How long did you spend selecting your perfect wedding dress? The answer always varies, but it takes most brides a couple of months to find the one, and when you did, it was probably one of the best days of your life. Your wedding dress is not just a dress for a day, most likely you’ve been dreaming of this day and your gown since you were a little girl. No, it’s not just a dress for a day, it’s a symbol for all of those to come. Remember you’re going to look back at those photographs for the rest of your life. That’s why the choice and selection of the perfect gown was so important.
There is such a big difference between the way a custom-made dress shirt looks and holds up when compared to mainstream brands. Obviously, you pay a premium for custom-made dress shirts, but because they are custom-made for you, they fit properly. Plus, no corners are cut. For instance, many mass-manufactured dress shirts use adhesive around the seams of the pockets, collar, and cuffs, and because the adhesive weakens over time, the shirt simply won’t last as long or look as crisp as a custom-made dress shirt.
We always tell brides to have their gowns cleaned and preserved as soon as possible after the ceremony because the longer you let spills and stains sit on your garments, the less likely it is that a professional dry cleaner will be able to remove them. Sadly, we didn’t know as much back in 1974 or 1946 as we do today, but luckily for Margaret Rehder, we are as good as we say we are.
When you drop off your dress shirts to be laundered, we always ask if you’d like them to be starched. If you do, we separate them from those that aren’t going to receive starch, both batches are laundered according to specifications with the shirts receiving starch getting it through a separate cycle, then all shirts meet back up at the finishing department. But what exactly is starch and what purpose does it serve?