Cleaning & Preservation

Elegant Occasions Gowns offers custom gown cleaning. We will assess your gown’s fabric and beadwork, and clean your gown based on its specific needs. We carry microfiber gown storage bags that are then recommended for permanent storage to keep your clean gown looking its best for years to come! The best part…unlike gowns preserved and sealed in boxes, you are able to look at your gown and know it is clean. You can also take your gown out and try it on again in 10 years!! As long as you are mindful of not soiling it again, your gown will stay beautiful with our professional cleaning techniques.


While we do not do alterations at this time, we do have an extensive list of seamstresses. We can provide you with names of qualified seamstresses in Nebraska. If you are not from Lincoln we can help you find someone in your area.

1. Checking In
Your first fitting will usually take place approximately 4-6 weeks before your wedding day.  You may want to contact your seamstress 4-5 months in advance to get your first appointment on the books, but calling any sooner, they’ll probably have you call back when it gets closer to your wedding day.

2. Weight a Minute
If you are planning on losing weight for your wedding day, start early and try to be in wedding day shape for the first fitting. You should expect to maintain the same weight from your first fitting until your wedding day. Changes in your figure/weight can cause issues with the way the dress fits you (which is why they don’t want to see you until as close as possible to the big day)!

3. Coming Prepared
Begin looking for your shoes and undergarments (bra and slip) after purchasing your dress. It is important to have all your accessories before your first fitting. Changing your undergarments or the height of your shoes after being fitted can cause your dress to not fit properly and require additional work.

4. Bring Your Family and Friends
It’s a great idea to ask the same friend or family member to accompany you to all your fittings. It’s nice to have the same pair of eyes tell you how the dress looks after each fitting. In addition, make sure one of these people is the one who will be putting up the bustle on your train the day of the wedding and lacing or zipping you into your gown. It is always a good idea to have that person practice this at least once or twice.

Measuring for Bridesmaids

Bust Measurement: The bust measurement should be taken at the fullest part of your bust, while wearing a bra. (This is right across the front).

Waist Measurement: The waist is the most often mis-measured measurement. The waist measurement should be taken at the smallest part of your middle (about 1″ above your belly button). Taking this measurement any lower will result in a larger measurement, and you might choose the wrong size because of this. Please take your time to ensure you get this measurement correct.

Hip Measurement: The hip measurement should be taken at the fullest part of your hips. If you are purchasing a fitted gown, make sure you carefully take this measurement. (This is usually the bottom part of the buttock). You will still need alterations!!! When you receive your gown, remember that it is not custom made to your measurements. When we measure you, or if you call in your measurements, we compare those to the size chart from the company you are ordering from. From those measurements, we recommend the size we think you should order, but the final decision is ultimately yours.

Things to keep in mind:

It’s ALWAYS easier to take in than let out.
Chiffon fabric is even more difficult to let out because of the delicacy of the fabric.
If you are between two sizes, we will more-than-likely recommend the larger of the two.