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Monika Manter is a certified wedding gown specialist at Balfurd Cleaners, offering expert cleaning, restoration, and preservation of wedding gowns and other fine textiles.  Balfurd is a member of the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists, an organization recommended by over 70...

Men don't dress up very often, but when they do, what all goes into it? Do you know the difference between lapels and collars? There are multiple parts to tuxedoes and all that goes into men's formalwear. Maybe you don't want to consider tuxedos because you think they look too old fashioned. No worries! Formal no longer means stuffy and uncomfortable. There are many new options that go from black-tie formal to laid back coo...

July 28, 2017

When you go for your wedding gown fittings, you already know to bring your shoes as well as all the undergarments you plan on wearing, so that any alterations that need to be made will be accurate. One thing that many brides forget to do during their alterations is just as important. Many times alterations are done with you standing on a stool, facing a mirror while the seamstress pulls and pins and makes the dress fit perf...

May 19, 2017

If your wedding gown has a train, you will want it to become more manageable after the ceremony. If the train is not detachable, it will need to bustled - and every dress has a different way to properly get that train secured, and it isn't always a quick process. 

If someone other than your seamstress (such as your mother or bridesmaids) will be bustling your dress the day of your wedding, make sure that person or persons ac...

So the hours of wedding planning paid off and everything went beautifully!  But now that it’s all over, what should you do with your gorgeous gown?  Your wedding gown is the most important dress you’ll ever wear—chosen because it, and every detail on it, is perfect for you.  Brides typically spend a big chunk of their wedding budget purchasing their gown so it only makes sense to care for it after the big day is over.  Here...

Emergencies happen on your wedding day but luckily, armed with some basic knowledge, you can handle anything that comes your way!  We handle a lot of wedding gowns and have seen it all!  Here are our 7 quick lessons in wedding gown care, before, during and after the wedding.

Lesson 1:  Silk or not? 

Every bride should know the answer to that question because the fabric of your gown means a lot.  Silk is a hollo...

July 31, 2014


As a bride, you want your dress to represent you; your sense of style, taste and tradition. Before you get lost in the blizzard of bridal fashion terms for sleeves, necklines, and trains, consider the basic outline of the dress. The silhouette for bridal gowns fall into five broad categories: (1) Ball Gown, (2) Empire, (3) Princess or A Line, (4) Sheath, and (5) Mermaid, – and each of these shapes has strong advantages and...

May 30, 2013



So, the bridal gown and bridesmaids gowns have been fitted, steamed and it is time for the big day!  Everything is perfect and it is time to finally put them on and SHINE!  Pictures are taken, the ceremony is performed and it is time for the reception.  Just then, someone steps on the bride’s train and the bustle breaks!  What to do?  Here’s a few words of advice to remedy those common dress malfunctions that are often in...

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