Afterhours Bridal Show at Great American Ball Park

Alterations by Toni will be at the After Hours Bridal Show put on by A Bride’s Mafia. Please get a complementary ticket and come and say hi!

After Hours Bridal ShowCincinnati, OH – March 5th, 2015 – A Bride’s Mafia will be hosting the their third Afterhours Bridal Show at Great American Ball Park!! 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. Make sure you bring your family, friends, and most importantly The Groom – there is a special Grooms workshop being held at the Diamond Club at 7pm for them and then they get the opportunity to go hit the batting cages!! The show will be on March 5th 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 Parkl! This is one show you will not want to miss!

Complimentary admission tickets can be redeemed here

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!

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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.

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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:

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

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.

Wedding Gown Alterations

Take a look at some of the beautiful wedding gowns brought into the shop that we did the alterations on! We appreciate the confidence our brides have had over the years with our experienced and talented seamstress’s. We do everything possible to ensure your experience with Alterations by Toni meets and exceeds your expectations. Alterations by Toni specializes in wedding gown alterations | tailoring in the greater Cincinnati area.

Tips For Lowering Wedding Gown Cost

Smart Money Magazine recently published an article regarding the cost for an average wedding – $25,000; $2,000 to $3,000 of that just for the bridal gown alone.

Five simple ways to reduce that cost are:
• Bypass the window gowns – these tend to be more expensive
• Negotiate the price – research a gown you like and ask the bridal shop for a lower price. Having your internet research figures available may provide leverage, and most bridal shops will work with you if you ask for a discount.
• Off the Rack/Floor Models – consider one of these gowns. Most are clean and have only been tried on once or twice.
• Simple lines/synthetic fibers – avoid details, frills and silk fabric if you’re looking to reduce your cost.
• Online – there are multiple places to purchase a wedding gown online. Research the seller, looking for a street address and a Better Business Bureau review. Another option is check for any Google complaints.

Wedding GownYour wedding guests won’t know what you paid for a gown, check for designer labels or feel the gown to see if it’s silk. If you like the gown, and it’s been altered to fit you perfectly, you will look and feel special on your wedding day. To save on wedding gown alterations, consider ordering your gown “hem to hollow”. The costliest of all wedding gown alterations is the hem; ordering a gown at the perfect length will save you money.

For more information on the Smart Money Magazine article and view John Matarese’s video

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