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Putting on the Rit … Repurpose Fun

Rit dye wedding gownsTake a look at what a box of Rit Dye can do. These bridal gowns and trains went from tired white to costume pizzazz thanks to the creative efforts of volunteers from the Adorned In Grace bridal shop. Beads, lace, sequins, satin and taffeta each react to dye differently so it’s always interesting to see the final reveal.

Use your imagination and repurpose that old prom, bridesmaid or cocktail dress. Tulle petticoats and slinky lingerie work well, too. Halloween is right around the corner … a perfect time to grab your Rit of choice and color your world with fun. For tips on dyeing fabric and more, visit The Rit Studio.

Send me your result pics and I’ll post here.

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Call for Brides

save the dateStill have your wedding gown? How’d you like to walk down the aisle one more time in a beautiful setting … and then donate your gown to a great cause? I’m looking for brides size 2 to 22 and ages 18 to 80 to participate in a unique bridal fashion show at The Historic Old Church next February. I’ll be emceeing the show on behalf of Adorned in Grace, the nonprofit bridal shop dedicated to eliminating human trafficking. Interested? Contact me via email or call 503-263-5229 for details. Help keep the love flowing … I promise you a fun experience and warm thanks from a great group of caring hearts.

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Wedding on a Rooftop

Kim and Patrick Ecotrust Aug 3 2013Parasols, hand fans and iced lemonade greeted guests as they stepped onto the rooftop terrace for Saturday’s wedding. Kim and Patrick chose the historic Pearl District Ecotrust building as the site for their evening celebration and a decor of turquoise, yellow and peach. The ceremony featured rose petals tossed with panache by two of the groomsmen and an aisle walk by “ring bearer” Samson, the couple’s two-year old Corgi. Guests flew in from Wisconsin, Texas and California for the big day and loved the uniqueness of the venue. Not to mention the delicious menu prepared by sustainable catering masters, Artemis, which included crab cake appetizers, wild caught salmon and white gulf prawn skewers. As a special thank you,  guests were gifted with a bottle of Limoncello Liqueur homemade by the bride’s family. After a tropical honeymoon, the newlyweds return to their jobs and home in SW PDX. Congratulations, Kim and Patrick … may you always find a way to make sweet stories out of any lemons that life rolls your way.

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Donate Your Wedding Dress

donate_buttonBrides for a Cause raised $17,000 at their PDX sale last month. I saw so many stunning gowns in the arms of smiling brides going out the door. It’s a terrific way to find the dress of your dreams without a nightmare price tag – and support a great cause at the same time. Wonderful deals on veils and other accessories as well. If you want to be a part of the next batch of smiles, why not donate your dress? Wedding gown fashions from 2005 to current are now being accepted by this nationwide agency that helps fund Wish Upon a WeddingClick here to download the donation form. You’ll also find details on upcoming events and volunteer opportunities. Here’s to sharing the love!

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Brides For A Cause

logoI’ll be volunteering at Brides For A Cause this Saturday from 10 to 2pm at the Laurelhurst Club in SE PDX. The event is a wonderful way to snag a gorgeous gown at up to 75% off and benefit a great cause. 50% of proceeds goes to Wish Upon A Wedding, a national non-profit organization that provides weddings and vow renewals for individuals facing terminal illness and other serious life-altering situations. Admission is FREE. Click here for directions and details. Hope to see you there!

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Vintage Love

Whether you are choosing your wedding gown, bridesmaid dresses or a wow outfit for the honeymoon, vintage is always in style. Fun, eco friendly and kind to the budget, vintage dresses offer plenty of eye and purse appeal. And sizing is usually generous which doesn’t hurt either. Shop your local resale and consignment stores for vintage finds or look online for some great deals. Etsy has a vintage category showcasing items from jewelry to gowns. Another favorite is Light in the box which offers vintage inspired dresses at bargain prices.

If you want to kick it up a notch, check out Rent the runway. Select your size, fabric color and the date of your event and shop from hundreds of celebrity designer fashions. I love that you can view the gowns from all angles AND they ship a backup size just in case. You have to provide your email address to get on the site but it’s worth it just to see the possibilities. A recent offering, for example, a Roaring 20’s blush silk gown by Narciso Rodriguez which retails for $2300 but rents for $300. Note: Sizes tend to be limited to smaller gals. LOTS of great jewelry and accessory options. Getting ready for the big day? How you say “I DO” does matter. Contact Jane Green for your perfect ceremony.

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Recycle Wedding Deals

Find some great buys for your wedding day at Ruffled blog’s Recycle Your Wedding page. Deals like this Wtoo Vesper gown for $250 obo are posted by brides and stylists from across the country. You contact them directly and pay via PayPal. Browse thru the photo gallery for everything from dresses to decor items. 15 categories and hundreds of items. Love that Ruffled has a user friendly, no charge listing process making it easier to sell your stuff after the big day. They provide the vehicle and you get the money. Talk about a win-win!

Big day coming up? Contact Jane Green, Licensed Officiant, for customized and creative ceremony ideas.