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Bad Wedding Dress Choice for Summer
Bad Wedding Dress Choice for Summer
Bad Wedding Dress Choice for Summer

After completing over two thousand weddings, we have had four incidents where the bride has mysteriously developed an oil-like stain on the hips of her wedding dress. The first time this occurred, we notice the clear (wet looking) stain on the dress prior to the bride entering the wedding car. Our assumption was, it was hot outside and she had begun to perspire. By the time she arrived at the reception, it had gotten worst. We immediately started an investigation as to where the stain may have come from, since the car seat was being blamed for causing the stain. We swiped our leather seats with a white handkerchief, but nothing was on the seat. So, we figured what ever it was must have been absorbed by the bride's dress. We willingly paid for the bride’s dry cleaning expense and soon forgot about the incident, since there was no "evidence left at the scene of the crime". It was a year later before it happened again. Still there was no evidence of any oil anywhere on the seat. It wasn't until the third incident that we had enough information about each bride to figure out what was causing this problem.

All brides wore gowns made of very thin, silk or satin-type fabric that fit very tight around the hips. And all brides wore minimum under garments. Also, all weddings were in the summer, which means the brides would surely perspire at some point. REMEMBER LADIES, EVEN IF YOU DON’T USE LOTION OR OIL-BASED CREAM ON YOUR BODY, YOUR BODY IS NATURALLY OILY AND ANY PERSPIRATION WILL BRING ANY OIL IN THE SKIN TO THE SURFACE AND ONTO YOUR WEDDING DRESS. So, as soon as you sat down the oil-based perspiration on your body will be pressed into your wedding dress right around the hips, leaving a wet-looking ugly stain! This is especially true with silk, satin and rayon fabrics. These fabrics have no ability to absorb moisture, so any moisture on the skin will end up bleeding through the garment.

So why didn’t this problem occur with other brides? Because they all wore multi-layered dresses and under garments that absorbed any perspiration before reaching the surface of the wedding dress. Mystery Solved!

BRIDES, DON’T USE OIL-BASED CREAMS ON YOUR BODY IF YOU PLAN TO WEAR A TIGHT-FITTING WEDDING GOWN. AND MAKE SURE YOU WEAR SOMETHING UNDER THE DRESS TO ABSORB ANY PERSPIRATION, OTHERWISE YOUR WEDDING DRESS MAY BE RUINED BEFORE THE CEREMONY EVEN BEGINS!

For those brides that have selected the type of dress mentioned in this article and are willing to take a chance that this won’t happen to them, here’s how you can minimize the damage. Every bride should have an emergency kit on their wedding day, so just add these things to your kit.

  1. Baking soda
  2. Talcum Power
  3. A piece of chalk that is the color of your dress
  4. Two clean white face cloths

Never rub or scrub  the spot, you may just make it spread or force the stain deeper into the fabric. First use two white cloths to blot up any excess oil and moisture. Place one on the under side of the dress and one on the out side and press firmly. Then sprinkle the cloths with talcum powder and repeat the process.

Let it absorb as much of the moisture as possible (2 to3 minutes). If there is still a visible sign of the stain, color it with the chalk. The chalk will cover the spot while continuing to absorb the oil and moisture.

IMPORTANT NOTE…IF IT’S HOT OUT SIDE, YOU WILL MOST LIKELY BE REPEATING THIS PROCESS ALL DAY, SO BE WARNED!

 

Article researched and written by Vern Bullock, March 2010.

Article researched and updated by Vern Bullock, November 2011

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    The Top 10 Honeymoon Hotels...

1. Umstead Hotel & Spa - Cary

2. Renaissance Hotel - Raleigh

3. Washington Duke Inn - Durham

4. Carolina Inn - Chapel Hill

5. Marriott Downtown Raleigh

6. The Franklin Hotel - Chapel Hill

7. Embassy Suites - Brier Creek

8. Siena Hotel - Chapel Hill

9. Marriott Downtown Durham

10. Doubletree Brownstone Inn - Raleigh 

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Question: Does the Excalibur Convertible have a top?
Answer: Yes.
 
2. Question: Do your vintage and classic cars have Air Conditioning (A/C)?
Answer: Yes. All cars also have heat for winter.
 
3. Question: What is the longest distance you are willing to travel with these cars?
Answer: We service all areas of North Carolina. The client is responsible for paying travel time charges.
 
4. Question: Can we drive the cars ourselves? 
Answer: NO. Our insurance will not allow that.
 
5. Question: How far in advance should I book one of your vintage cars?
Answer: We do "same year" bookings, which means if we are in 2016, you can only book a 2016 date. Our rates change periodically, so we cannot quote past the current year.
 
6. Question: I am planning a very unique event, who should I talk to about my needs?
Answer: Just give us a call at 919-368-0659. We will be glad to help.
 
7. Question: Our hotel is only a few miles from our wedding venue, can we purchase 30 minutes of service or less?
Answer: No. It's just not feasible to operate these vehicles for less than our minimum service fee.
 
8. Question: We are planning a "Send Off" after the reception, but returning to the same hotel. Can you do this?
Answer: Yes. We do this very often.
 
9. Question: Do you rent these cars for photo shoots?
Answer: Sometimes we do, at our discretion.

 

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Classy Transportation Services - What you should expect

1. It is customary for us to schedule your pickup time at the wedding and reception venues before your planned departure.
This provides time for guests to view the wedding car, ask questions and for the chauffeur to prepare the car for your departure.

2. It is customary for us to CHECK IN with who ever is in charge so they know we are there, unless the
venue is designed such that everyone can see the car when it arrives. If we can’t find you, just look for us in the designated pickup location at the designated time.

3. It is customary for the bride & groom to remain seated while the chauffeur prepares for their exit.
For the Excalibur convertibles, the top will be open half way for ease of entering & exiting the vehicle (weather permitting).

4. If there is a photography session, it is customary for the  chauffeur to remain OUT OF THE WAY while the photographer is taking pictures of the bride & groom with the car. The chauffeurs normally do not allow their pictures to be taken (please respect their privacy). Once pictures are completed, the chauffeur will help the bride & groom into the car.

5. It is customary to position the bride and groom on the passenger side of the car (where possible) for safety reasons.

6. It is customary to blow the horn several times when leaving the reception site. This makes for a grand send-off and gets the guests involved as the bride & groom drive off. Please let us know if you do not want us to do this for your wedding.

7. It is customary for the chauffeur to remain with the car and answer any questions about the car for the wedding guests. The car has a unique history and this information usually makes for good conversation.


8. We always try to provide the services that are requested on your reservation form. Please review your reservation form carefully to ensure the services you would like are listed.

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Possible temperature conditions for your wedding
Weather change at anytime, but these are the most likely conditions
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                    Excaliburs Seating Chart

                                       Plenty Room        Good Fit             A Little Tight, But Doable

 MAN         - 5' 9" & 170 lbs.    6' 3" & 220 lbs.    6' 5" & 250 lbs. 

WOMAN  - 5' 2" & 110 lbs.    5' 10" & 150 lbs.    6' 2" & 170 lbs.

 

NOTE: Each person has 20" wide hip and shoulder room

in the back seat of the Excaliburs 

 

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