A Framed Memory

The minute she put it on, Stacy knew that this gown was going to be treasured forever. Her exquisite Justin Alexander beaded gown was just what she had dreamed of and now what she will use as a piece of art.  "I must say that the cleaning & framing of my dress turned out just as I had hoped, so the long wait was well worth it!" We asked Stacy a few questions that led to the framing of her gown.  How did you choose Oakwood Cleaners to clean your gown? I … [Read more...]

Your Memories Preserved

I so enjoyed my interview with Geny's Flower & Bridal about our Wedding Gown Preservation process. Here it is: http://blog.genysflowersandbridal.com/wedding-dress-preservation-right-here-in-nashville?utm_campaign=Wedding+Dresses&utm_content=58870406&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook … [Read more...]

BE SPOT SAVVY!

It is holiday party time! Let's face it, juggling a drink and buffet plate is no easy feat. Add to that the jostling and maneuvering inherent at any party, and the chances of a spill or stain increase dramatically. We've said it before, but it bears repeating: what do you do when your favorite outfit gets a wine, soda or dipping sauce stain?  As little as possible. Water, club soda and even 'miracle' stain removal products will generally do more harm than good.  They will … [Read more...]

Life at Oakwood Post 8

Do you have a vintage wedding gown? One of the best things about life at Oakwood is definitely our family of customers and hearing their special stories. We see all kinds of vintage clothing including wedding gowns. Rita came in months ago and told me about her gown which was over 40 years old. I had been waiting for her to bring it in which she did just recently. Rita walked in on a chilly November day with the metal chest pictured above in hand. Of course I was curious as … [Read more...]

Our Production Manager

OPERATIONS • PRODUCTION • SPOTTING Aubrey does it all! If you were to come to the Oakwood Cleaners plant in Hermitage, on any given day, you would find Aubrey doing a plethora of tasks. If he is at the computer you can bet he is researching the most up-to-date equipment or the best way to tackle a stubborn stain to make sure we get your items back to you as good as new if not better. We call him the "Spot Master"! Aubrey works directly with the production team before and … [Read more...]

Some tips for your wedding gown fitting

You have your date, you have your dress and now it needs some alterations! Here are some important tips to follow when preparing to have your wedding gown altered. If possible allow 3 to 4 months from your wedding date for your alterations. It is normal to have 3 fittings, the third being the final to make sure your dress is a perfect fit. Always bring the shoes you will be wearing at your wedding and the undergarments you will be wearing that day. Your seamstress cannot be … [Read more...]

Vintage wedding gown from 1800’s!

The Association of Wedding Gown Specialists Convention a few weeks ago  proved to be so helpful. Not only did we learn how we can help you, the bride, take care of your precious memories but we were presented with a piece of history that had been preserved since the 1800's! Can you imagine finding a wedding gown from your ancestors in almost perfect condition? Well, think of your family and how they will feel when they get to experience your special day when you show them your … [Read more...]

A Wedding Dress Saga…

It was December of 1978. I was a bubbly 22 year old in what I thought back then was the most perfect wedding dress I could ever have! It is now September 2011 and WOW,wedding dresses have definately changed! My husband Alan and I became the proud owners of this wonderful dry cleaners in April, 2011, almost 33 years later. We, Oakwood Cleaners, specialize in wedding gown alterations, cleaning and preservation. Like most brides, I had my gown preserved and never paid attention to it … [Read more...]