Afterhours Bridal Show at Great American Ball

Bridal ShowAlterations by Toni will be one of the vendors at this exciting show! Please stop by our booth and say hello!

Afterhours Bridal Show at Great American Ball Park is TWO weeks away!

Here is your chance to not only meet 75 of Cincinnati’s BEST wedding vendors, but a chance to also win a $20,000 wedding!!!

Cincinnati, OH – March 6th, 2014 – A Bride’s Mafia will be hosting their third annual Afterhours Bridal Show at Great American Ball Park from 6-9 pm! Afterhours Bridal show is an unusual twist on your usual bridal show. Brides to be will have a chance to WIN a $20,000 wedding including (venue, attire, photographer, videographer, entertainment, coordinator, florist, hair/make up, cake, and so much more!) The last four Afterhours show have brought in over 1500 people in three hours. The show will be on March 6th from 6-9 pm.

Brides, Grooms, and their families will be able to meet and greet over 75 of Cincinnati’s finest wedding vendors. They will be able to preview the latest wedding trends as well as everything they need to make their special day “perfect” under one roof! Bride’s to be will be getting complimentary make up and up dos done to get a sneak peak into their big day! We hope to see you at Afterhours Bridal show at Great American Ball Park!! This is one show you will not want to miss!

ADMISSION IS FREE! — Get your tickets at:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/afterhours-bridal-show-the-ball-park-20000-wedding-giveaway-tickets-9995694391 to redeem free tickets!

Make sure you pre-register and attend the event for your chance to win a $20,000 wedding reception (must be in attendance the night of to win)*

Just Married!

Brides Agains Breast CancerCongratulations to our Alterations by Toni bride, Kellie Teagarden, getting married this weekend. Kellie supported the American Cancer Society by purchasing her gown through Brides Against Breast Cancer.

You can look at their website for ways to donate to this cause.

Preserve Wedding Gown or Make Into Christening Gown!

wedding gown preservation
Your perfect wedding is now a beautiful memory, the honeymoon is over and the pictures are back. Now is the time to decide what to do with your treasured wedding gown.

Unless you have trashed it, donated it to Brides Against Cancer or sold it, you might consider creating an everlasting memory by having it professionally preserved.

Our preferred vendor, Wedding Gown Preservation Company, has state of the art Italian cleaning machines, providing 100% organically cleaned gowns. Their cleaning methods have been proven and recognized by the International Fabric Institute as the best methods in the gown preservation industry. All stains are spot treated, the gown is hand washed, then treated with a non-yellowing solution (100 year guarantee against yellowing), put into a bust and stuffed with tissue paper, enclosed in acid-free tissue paper and placed in a windowed box. Along with your gown, a jacket, veil, slip or gloves can also be preserved in the same box. A new option this year is to add a photo and wedding date to the outside of the box.

What Else Can You Do With Your Wedding Gown?

Make it Into a Christening Gown!

Another great idea for your preserved gown is to have it remade into a christening/baptismal gown. We have done this many times over the last 30 years, and it always brings tears to the eyes of the moms and grandmothers.

christening gown
What if you’ve put this off for a few years? No worries, most gown can still be cleaned and preserved successfully even after 5-10 years.

Now that your gown has been preserved, what can you do with it? Your heirloomed wedding gown can be worn by your daughter, your niece or even your granddaughter. Wearing mom’s wedding gown is a growing trend, as seen on Pinterest boards this year. It can be worn as is, or completely redesigned by removing sleeves, adding a corset back, or lowering the neckline. Some other ideas are creating a sash from mom’s dress, adding a layer of her lace or a pocket to your new gown.

Do What the Real Housewives Did on Bravo TV

Or you can do as one of the Real Housewives on Bravo TV did – install a huge shadow box for your gown:

wedding gown preservation

Stop by Alterations by Toni today to have your gown preserved!

Alterations Award Nominations Are In!

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It’s been yet another spectacular year at Alterations by Toni. I want to personally thank:

  • all of our loyal customers
  • our hundreds of brides this year, who gave us the pleasure of working with them to alter their perfect and stunning wedding gowns
  • and most of all my very talented seamstresses, who dedicated their time and expertise in altering every outgoing garment to perfection

I owe all of you my heartfelt thanks, and every award possible, for such a rewarding and successful year. It is difficult to look ahead and ask for a better year in 2014. But when you do what you love, in work and in your personal life, there is no limit to your success. So I’ll follow Winston Churchill’s advice: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts”.

I was thrilled to be able to take some time off with my staff to celebrate Christmas. Janice invited us to her Clubhouse, where we all enjoyed some much needed rest and relaxation after such a busy year. Great food, fabulous Pineapple Upside Down Martinis and good fun with Nina’s Secret Santa.

And now after a few days off to rejuvenate, we’re ready for another fabulous year. Look forward to seeing you all in the New Year!

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Best Bridesmaid Gifts – Monograms

bridesmaid shirt monoPersonalize a gift for your ladies!

We have waffle weave bathrobes, terry bath wraps, oversized oxford shirts for that fun day of hair and makeup just before the big wedding day. Also available are cosmetic bags, jewelry cases, totes of all kinds, ball caps and trendy travel items – all perfect for a name or monogram.

Stop in for a look at these items, and choose from the many monogram embroidery styles available.

bridesmaid shirt monograms

Personalize Your Life With Monograms

Make it personal by adding a name or monogram to a fun and affordable beach bag, tote or carryall – all extra large to “take it all” to the beach! Add a floppy hat or beach towel wrap for the ultimate fun in the sun. Stop in to see our full line of fun colors and prints. Make your selection from our many samples, or simply bring in your monogrammable items. Perfect gifts for Mother’s Day, Graduation or You! View other items from the monogram portfolio.

Spring is here! Perhaps last year’s chinos are this year’s capris or cropped pants. Alterations by Toni offers many choices in clothing alterations to update your wardrobe.

  • Embroidery Items
  • Embroidery Items

Amanda’s Hyde Park Bridal Alterations Recommended List

hyde-park-bridalOne of the best parts about planning a wedding is dreaming of the perfect dress. Countless brides have told me how special it is at Amanda’s Hyde Park Bridal. Kara is just one:

My family and I have used Toni’s Alterations for several dresses over the past few years – bridal, bridesmaid and high school graduation. The time has finally come for me to get married and I just selected the PERFECT gown from Amanda’s Hyde Park Bridal. I had always planned to come to Toni’s for alterations but I was especially excited when Amanda recommended you as well! I would absolutely love to work with you again! – Kara

Being on Amanda’s bridal alterations recommended list has given us an opportunity to work on unique bridal gowns such as The Lillen Collection. Lillen gowns are only carried by 2 or 3 boutiques in the U.S. and Amanda’s is one of them.

Amanda opened her shop in September 2012. She has created a truly unique and special experience for brides – from the reserved bridal parking spot and the specialized sandwich board at the front door to expert advice on the perfect look for her wedding day.

Military Alterations – One-of-a-Kind Tuxedo Shirt

What can you do to stand out from the crowd at a Military Ball?

Alterations by Toni provides Military Alterations of uniforms for all the armed services. This fun formal alteration request was a tuxedo shirt modification for a military formal event.

Military Alterations - Air Force Military Ball

Take an ordinary white tuxedo shirt and switch out the sleeves and back for a truly unusual look. These two Air Force military men asked me to do just that recently for their Military Ball. They wanted to add a little humor to the ball by appearing to be wearing a normal tuxedo until the jackets are removed, and they showed off their Air Force and Superman shirts underneath. Talk about unique formal wear alterations!

The switchout required the removal of the sleeves and back panel, adding a novelty fabric to replace the sleeves and back and adding on the white cuffs to complete the disquise until the unveiling.

The Importance of a Good Tailor

J Hilburn SuitThe reality of clothing these days is that it does not fit every body type and shape, is not flattering as it should be, and basically does nothing to enhance your appearance. A good tailor will offer you professional advice on the fit for your body shape, offer an honest opinion and give you additional options. The importance of a good tailor is their knowledge on styles and fabrics, and what it takes to create a tailored fit just for you, using specific hand and machine sewing and pressing techniques.

Quality tailoring includes adjusting inseams, waists, sleeves, hems and restyling to enhance your appearance, giving you the look and feel of a custom made garment. Skip the dry cleaners or department store alterationists – they are in a hurry, are inundated with items, and simply do not give your garment the care that it deserves; they do what you ask and nothing more. You’ll be amazed at the difference a professional tailor can do for you.

At Alterations by Toni, we offer superlative quality and impeccable tailoring with careful dedication toward the highest quality results. A personalized garment with a professional fit will make you look and feel like a new person!

Men's Embroidered Cuff

Men's Embroidered Cuff

And don’t forget the ultimate in personalization – a monogram on your shirt cuff/pocket, inside your perfectly tailored suit jacket or on your casual golf shirts.

Wedding Gown Embroidery

Wedding Gown Embroidery for Something "Blue"

Or, for “Something Blue” we can add custom Embroidery inside your wedding gown.

Monogrammed Back to School Supplies

Monogrammed Back to School Supplies

Perfect for any returning student, we have a variety of ready to personalize items:

• spa wraps and shower bags – 100% cotton terry velour
• waffle weave cosmetic bags – 6×9” white
• nylon laundry bags – 24×36” in hot pink, red, black and khaki
• large quilted totes – 15×14” in hot pink, lime green, black, brown and blue

Monograms, names or sports symbols make these items special. Add ribbon trims in many styles and colors.

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