FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. WHAT DOES VINTAGE MEAN?
All of our gowns are TRUE vintage, meaning they are at least 25 years old. Some of our gowns are also considered antiques, meaning they are at least 40 years old. All of our vintage bridal gowns range from the eras of the early 1900s to the very early 1980s.
2. Where does Miranda’s Vintage Bridal ACQUIRE their gowns?
Miranda goes searching for vintage gowns throughout the Midwest. From Antique fairs to local families, she is always on the search for beautiful vintage gowns.
3. if i order a gown online, CAN miranda’s Vintage Bridal DO ALTERATIONS FOR ME BEFORE it is SHIpPed OUT?
We do not provide alterations to gowns before shipping them out. If you need alterations done, the buyer will be responsible to find a local seamstress where they live to have the gown altered.
If you are willing to travel to our location in Cleveland, OH, for at least three fittings, we will be able to accommodate your alterations.
4. SHOULD I DRY CLEAN MY NEW VINTAGE GOWN?
*Some of our gowns have already been dry cleaned. If this is the case, it will be disclosed in the listing.
WE DO NOT RECOMMEND DRY CLEANING YOUR VINTAGE GOWN IF:
YOU LOVE THE COLOR.
—Dry cleaning often brightens the color of gown after it has been cleaned. If a dress has multiple types of fabric and lace, they may brighten and clean differently. More often than not, a vintage gown will come back a brighter color after being cleaned.
YOU ALREADY HAD ALTERATIONS DONE TO THE GOWN, OR THE GOWN FITS YOU THE WAY YOU WANT.
—If you have decided to get alterations done to your gown, or it fits you the way you want, do not have it dry cleaned before you wear it for your big day. Dry cleaning can change the properties of the fabric and the way your gown fits.
THE GOWN IS MADE FROM SILK FABRIC.
—Dry cleaning can change the properties of silk fabric and we try to avoid dry cleaning our silk dresses at all cost.
WE DO RECOMMEND DRY CLEANING YOUR VINTAGE GOWN IF:
YOU HAVE ALREADY WORN THE DRESS FOR YOUR BIG DAY AND YOU WANT TO KEEP IT.
—After you have worn your dress for your big day and want to keep it in good condition, dry cleaning is a good option. However, dry cleaning can change the color of the gown, cause damage, and change the fabric's properties of your dress. Dry cleaning a vintage gown is always a risk.
YOU WANT TO HAVE IT CLEANED BEFORE YOU START YOU ALTERATIONS.
—This is a perfect time to dry clean your gown if you want it cleaned. However, dry cleaning can change the color of the gown, cause damage, and change the fabric's properties and fit of your dress. Dry cleaning a vintage gown is always a risk.
5. WHAT If I LOVE A DRESS, BUT IT IS NOT MY SIZE?
IF THE GOWN IS TOO LARGE.
—No worries! If you are able to find a local seamstress who can help you with alterations, they should be able to take in the gown to fit you.
IF THE GOWN IS TOO SMALL.
—Depending on the size difference between your measurements and the gown, there may be enough to let out in the inner seam allowances. There also may be enough extra fabric a local seamstress could take from the sleeves, hem, or train to put panels in the sides to fit the gown to you. If there is not enough fabric to create panels, there are other ways another seamstress may be able to help you. However, putting in side panels is the best way we recommend to alter the gown to go up a size or two.
6. Would Miranda’s Vintage Bridal be interested in purchasing my vintage dress?
Miranda’s Vintage Bridal is currently looking for gowns from 1984 to the early 1900’s, or older. The vintage gown must be in wearable condition and a style that Miranda’s Vintage Bridal is interested in carrying. To find out if your Miranda is interested in purchasing your gown, please email pictures of the gown to: firstname.lastname@example.org.