All About Wedding Dress Shopping With Blush Bridal & Formal

Posted July 05, 2018

It’s no secret that we love Blush Bridal & Formal.

We have an official partnership with Blush Bridal & Formal—a wedding, prom, and formal dress shop—that prioritizes our wedding garment care services for Blush customers. Why? Dresses and gowns bought from Blush are high-quality and ultra-fashionable, and they deserve special treatment. We eliminate any imperfections caused by storage or travel, and make sure the fabric is primed to fall flawlessly, so your dress is runway-ready for the big event. We also take care of it immediately afterward to make sure any stains are removed, and it’s preserved to retain its value. Incorporating this service is just one way Blush goes above-and-beyond to make sure customers have a once-in-a-lifetime experience at their stores.

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Topics: Wedding, Behind-the-Scenes, Fashion and style

How Does Free Delivery Work?

Posted April 26, 2018

Does free delivery for all your dry cleaning and laundry sound too good to be true?

It's not! Thousands of your neighbors in Greater Portland take advantage of our convenient free delivery service every day. Find out how it works:

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Topics: Behind-the-Scenes, Garment care

Press Release: AWGS 2018 Annual Meeting

Posted March 27, 2018



Members of the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists (AWGS) met March 1–March 4 in San Antonio, Texas, to discuss marketing strategies with wedding industry experts, tour the plant of Five Star Cleaners and Wedding Gown Specialists owned by AWGS members Richard and Sharlene Thum, and elect officers.  

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Topics: Behind-the-Scenes, Wedding

A Heartfelt Thank You

Posted March 15, 2018

There's nothing kinder than a good thank-you note

Do you know about Real Maine Weddings' annual Wedding of the Year contest? Each year, the magazine awards one lucky couple a fully-financed dream wedding in Maine. It's great for the happy couple, plus it's fun for everyone, because they allow the public to vote on different aspects of the wedding. For example, you can help choose the wedding dress. (And what's more important than that?!) 

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Topics: Wedding, Behind-the-Scenes

2017 Real Maine Wedding of the Year

Posted January 26, 2018


Have You Dreamed About the Perfect Maine Wedding?

Imagine that dream coming true—without you having to pay for it! That's the real-life magic behind the Real Maine Wedding of the Year contest. Every year, Real Maine Weddings magazine gives one lucky couple a $100,000 dream wedding.  They partner with some of  the best wedding vendors in Maine to help plan and execute the big event, and we're proud  to be one of them. We contribute Wedding Garment Care, including on-site care and wedding dress cleaning and preservation

Winners of the Real Maine Wedding of the Year are chosen by public vote. The public also has the chance to vote on nearly every aspect of the wedding, including the wedding dress, favors, and more. This makes the experience fun and interactive, and lets the winning couple crowdsource the very best planning advice.

As the 2018 contest gets underway, let's take a look back at #RMW2017. 

All images are courtesy of the amazing photographers at Russell Caron Wedding Photography and Kim Chapman Photography

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Topics: Behind-the-Scenes, Wedding

The Best Alterations Team in Maine

Posted January 05, 2018

Get the Best Alterations Around

Pratt Abbott’s alteration department consists of five talented tailors who work to care for our customers’ garments. In South Portland, we have Muriellyn and Nhung. Darlene and Julianna  work at Forest Ave. And Linda works in Biddeford. Together, they mend or alter hundreds of garments per week. 

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Topics: Behind-the-Scenes, Garment care

What is Dry Cleaning?

Posted March 23, 2017

What is dry cleaning?

You know you need it for your professional and fancy clothes, but what is dry cleaning, exactly? When you bring your clothes to the cleaners, how are stains and smells removed without using water? Maybe it’s a magical process done by wizards or fairies? We wish it was that enchanting! In reality, dry cleaning is a scientific process that uses non-water-based solutions to clean delicate fabrics without causing damage. We'll tell you all you need to know about how dry cleaning is done.

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Topics: Garment care, Behind-the-Scenes

Behind-the-Scenes at a Wedding Mag Photo Shoot

Posted August 05, 2016

Models, photogs, lights, and gorgeous dresses: this Real Maine Weddings magazine photo shoot was as glamorous as you can imagine. Pratt Abbott was delighted to participate in the shoot last October at the wonderful Chebeague Island Inn—a stunning venue for your waterfront Maine wedding!)

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Topics: Behind-the-Scenes, Wedding

Employee Spotlight: Wendy Lewis

Posted June 06, 2016

Local kids draw pictures for Wendy and she proudly displays them in the store.

Wendy Lewis works 12 hour shifts 6 days a week in the Yarmouth Anthony’s store.

And she does it with an unfailing smile. In less than two years, Wendy as become a beloved fixture of the Yarmouth community. Her enthusiasm and dedication are a great asset to the Pratt Abbott family. Get to know Wendy a little better. Read about her here, then stop in sometime to say hi. 

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Topics: Behind-the-Scenes

Employee Spotlight: Mindy Jewell

Posted May 12, 2016

Get to know Customer Service Rep Extraordinaire, Mindy Jewell

Mindy serves as the face of Pratt Abbott on the front lines. She trains new Customer Service Reps, makes schedules for every store, and does a lot of the thankless tasks that keep our business running smoothly. Read on to learn more about Mindy!

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Topics: Behind-the-Scenes

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