Have you ever looked at your Grandmother or great Grandmother's wedding gown? Besides the obvious old fashioned style, chances are the gown has holes, stains, and discolored spots all over it. These days, wedding gowns cost around $1,000 and that is on the lower end! It's a shame that most women only get the chance to wear the dress for one day after spending so much time, money and effort on such a beautiful cornerstone of your wedding day. Whether your gown is a vintage tradition or a brand new gown, use the following tips to preserve your wedding gown so it can be passed down from generation to generation just like your great Grandmother's.
Tips on Preserving Wedding Gown
When purchasing your wedding gown, inquire with the bridal shop about professional dry cleaners that they recommend. Or, if you are getting alterations at a seamstress, also ask for recommendations for formal gown professional dry cleaners.
- Research these professional dry cleaners who primarily specialize in formal gowns before the wedding. You will be too worried about the honeymoon and thank you cards to have time to research a dry cleaner.
- Don’t wait too long! A dress with stains from wine, food or grass should be professionally dry cleaned as soon as possible after the wedding. If you are going away on a honeymoon, ask a bridesmaid or family member to bring the dress to a dry cleaner while you are away.
- When you have selected a dry cleaner, inform them about any stain, loose stitches or any loose beads or ornaments the dress might have. Also, look on the inside of the dress for stains as well. These can be caused from makeup. The information will help the cleaner get an idea on how to handle and care for the dress.
- Although most professional dry cleaners already do so, make sure the dress is stored in an acid-free box with acid-free tissue paper. Inquire about these materials if necessary.
- Consider permanently storing the dress in a box rather than hanging the dress in a bag. Not only are the materials in a box safer, they will not stretch the neck or shoulders of the dress like hanging could.
- Store the box with the wedding gown inside in a dry environment with moderate temperatures. Do not store it in a place where direct sunlight enters the area.
- Make sure the box does not have any cellophane windows. Any light can cause damage to the dress by discoloring the materials significantly.
Visit the following sites for more information about caring for your wedding dress: USA Bride and Heritage Garment Preservation.
To find a professional dry cleaner that specializes in formal gowns visit Wed Clean and Fancy Cleaners.