March 16, 2017 | Tips & Style

Inspired by: Irish Lace

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner and last year, we celebrated by highlighting some gorgeous green weddings. This year, we’re paying tribute to the holiday by dreaming about Irish lace. Historically, crocheting lace was a simple way for women in Ireland to make some extra cash during difficult economic times, as you didn’t need expensive equipment, just time – a lot of time. The wealthy wore the intricate designs, displaying the status this lace represented.

If we’re getting specific, there are actually many different types of Irish lace, like Kenmare or Limerick, but every single one is beautiful. Some are crocheted, while others are made with needlepoint (a different method than the needlepoint you’re probably picturing your grandmother doing).

Fast forward a few hundred years and variations of these Irish lace designs are now strongly associated with wedding gowns. If you ask us, lace and weddings are a match made in heaven. Here are a few photos showing why!

Any kind of lace is delicate; there’s no two ways about it. It requires skilled care to clean and preserve a lace wedding gown, so make sure you bring your lace to a professional dry cleaner. If you’re wondering where the nearest Parkers location is, check out our dry cleaner map! We’re even members of the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists.

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