Your Bridal Gown is Everything
Your wedding gown… the dress of your dreams is not just another dress and we know it. At Bridge Cleaners & Tailors, we understand not only all the things that the designer did to make it so special, we also understand all the emotional connections that make it mean so much to you!
Our exclusive bridal concierge program was designed to meet ALL your bridal gown needs -- before, during and after your wedding your gown will receive more tender loving care from us than even you’d give it!
Before: Bridal Alterations
It’s not the perfect dress, if it’s not the perfect fit. This is YOUR dress, and it needs to fit you like the proverbial glove, which is where our highly trained and qualified tailoring staff will provide the answer to your pre-wedding prayers.
Every one of the 8 tailors we have on staff are superb craftsmen and women, but only four of them are designated by us as couture bridal gown certified. These professionals not only understand the design, workmanship, detail and flow that the designer intended, but they are artists in creating the bustle, handling the fine fabrics and trim and dealing with the other details unique to bridal gowns.
More importantly though, they understand how the dress has to fit in order to accommodate all the bending, hugging, jumping, sitting, turning and twisting you’ll be doing on your wedding day. This is not your day to be a wallflower, this is your day to shine, and your dress must move and shine with you.
Our Livingston Street store is the ideal place to have your dress fitted in grace and style, with our superb lighting and multiple mirrors, you’ll see your exquisite gown from everything angle throughout the entire process.
However, if you like the idea of being fitted in the comfort of your own home, that’s not a problem. We will come to you, by appointment!
Of course, your dress will be hand pressed and wrinkle free, prior to pick up or delivery, so that it looks flawless on your big day.
Some Tips and Tidbits of Information About Bridal Gown Alterations
1. Be sure your Maid of Honor or attendant is properly trained and competent to help you with tying your bustle and handling your train.
Of course, if you trust us with your alterations, we’ll not only see to it that your friends know exactly what to do, we’ll furnish them with a cheat sheet, just in case they get nervous on your big day!
2. Allow yourself and our artists enough time to do justice to your gown.
a. Schedule your first fitting at least 6 weeks before your wedding.
b. You will need 2-3 fittings (1-2 for major alterations and one for fine tuning of the dress, bustle and other details). We will ask you to stand, sit, walk, simulate hugging, bending over and raising your arms to make sure you will be able to move with comfort and grace throughout the day.
c. You also want to try and keep your weight stable from this point on, though we’ll adjust during each fitting to make sure you have a perfect fit.
d. It is also critically important to have selected your bridal shoes and undergarments (especially your bra) prior to your first fitting, and be sure to bring them with you for each and every fitting The only way to guarantee a perfect, couture quality fit is if all conditions are identical to those you plan on for your BIG DAY.
e. We also recommend you avoid foods high in sodium on the days of your fittings and on your wedding day, as they can lead to bloating from fluid retention.
3. The Bridal Party & Out of Town Guests
Out of town guests? Bridal party coming in from far flung places? Let us help them look runway ready too, with a minimum of fuss and bother.
(1) They can take advantage of our Bridge By Mail program, and simply ship their wedding clothes (shoes and purses too) into us in advance of the date (and if they mention your name they’ll receive 10% off as our courtesy to you!). We will clean and press or simply press, and deliver their garments to them at their hotel. Or
(2) They can also call on us for same day cleaning and pressing IF they get their clothes to us Monday – Friday and before 9 AM.