Revamp That Hand-Me-Down Wedding Dress and Make It Your Own

Make your big day extra special by customizing a family wedding dress at Anthony King Alterations.

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If you’re lucky enough to have a family wedding dress on hand, then it’s worth a shot to have it fitted or even remade for your own day. The results can be stunning and heart-warming, adding a special detail to an already special event. After more than 40 years in the business, local tailor Tony King can work wonders (he once incorporated two generations’-worth of pieces into a single garment, and he transformed an ’80s-era gown into a sleeveless palazzo-style jumpsuit). Still, he counsels brides to keep an open mind and be realistic. “They might have to walk away and think about what we’ve discussed,” King says. Furthermore, brides should also schedule a dress-shopping trip, even if they’re set on the vintage gown. “Go into bridal stores with an empty brain,” King says. “This will help you understand what you really want.”

Anthony King Alterations, 1403 Central Pkwy., Fourth Floor, downtown, (513) 481-4484

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