On-Site Press at Beech Hill Barn [Video]

Posted November 06, 2018

A rustic Maine wedding with perfectly pressed clothes

When you book our on-site press service, we come to your wedding venue (or wherever you're getting ready) to prep your dresses and suits so they're flawless for your ceremony. We love the hushed excitement before a wedding. After so much planning and anticipation,  everything is almost ready—aside from a few finishing touches. Our job is like icing the cake, or putting the cherry on a sundae. When our work is finished, you're really ready to go.

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Topics: Wedding

Wedding Traditions: Then & Now

Posted August 07, 2018

Image by Kivalo Photography.


Wedding Traditions: Then & Now

What is a wedding besides a group of traditions and customs that are passed on from one generation to the next? Weddings used to be essentially cookie-cutter affairs. If you'd been to one wedding, you'd seen it all. But with new freedoms and the rise of social media, weddings are becoming much more customized and experiential. Wedding couples are going all out on details to plan a celebration that stands out. Ceremonies and receptions are tailored to express the personalities of the happy couple, and to create an unique and unforgettable event for guests. While the old traditions may never disappear, they are being tweaked and modernized for the Instagram era.

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

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: Wedding, Behind-the-Scenes

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

The 5 Wedding Trends You Need To Know Now

Posted March 08, 2018

Planning a Wedding? Lucky You!

There's never been a better time to plan a wedding. From colored wedding dresses to themed food bars, your options are unlimited. Brides and grooms are planning customized weddings filled with personality that provide a memorable experience for their guests. But even though weddings are more unique than ever, unmistakable trends are emerging. Incorporate some or all of them to plan your ultimate celebration. Here are the top 5 wedding trends you need to know to plan your wedding ceremony in 2018 and beyond. 

1) Texture

We love textiles and unique fabrics, so the textured wedding trend is making our hearts skip a beat. Texture is showing up all throughout weddings—from amazingly detailed wedding dresses, table cloths, and backdrops, to decorative elements like macrame. A textured wedding dress is a great way to keep a traditional white dress, yet boldly express your personality. For inspiration, check out our Textured Wedding Elements Pinterest board. 


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Topics: Fashion and style, Wedding

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: Wedding, Behind-the-Scenes

The Ultimate Guide To Fabulous Wedding Photographs

Posted September 29, 2017

How Important is Wedding Photography?

Your wedding photographs are almost more important than your wedding itself. After all, your actual wedding day will fly by for you, but the pictures will last a lifetime. That's why you’re probably budgeting a hefty amount for your wedding photographer. You know it’s money well spent. But you don’t want to go all out and then be disappointed with your wedding images. That’s why we’ve created the Ultimate Guide to Fabulous Wedding Photographs. Follow our tips and you’ll be thrilled with the results.

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Topics: Garment care, How-to, Wedding

5 Gorgeous Wedding Dress Trends for 2018 [Video]

Posted July 14, 2017

There has never been a better time to get married, fashion-wise. Whether you love traditional wedding dress styles or prefer edgier looks (like pants!), bridal fashion for 2018 has something stunning for everyone. 

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Topics: Fashion and style, Wedding

Plan A Bachelorette Party in Portland, Maine

Posted May 19, 2017

Portland is an awesome place to plan a bachelorette party. This city by the sea has everything you need to celebrate a bride's last hurrah, including  party bus limos, fancy lingerie shops (try Aristelle and Etain), and fabulous bars (check out hot spots Top of the East, Grace, and Sonny's). But in addition to partying, Portland offers fun and sophisticated activities and tours that can make your bachelorette party a stand-out event. 

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Topics: Food and wine, In the community, Wedding

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