For countless brides over the years, their bridal dress is an important memento of their special day that they truly treasure. Even though the bride will be captured in numerous photographs in her gown, there is something especially wonderful about having the gown preserved. Because of this, wedding gown preservation is often high on the list of priorities and for some is even included in the wedding details.
Another reason to preserve the wedding gown is so that the bride can pass the dress on to another family member. Often when one finds the perfect wedding gown, it will also be useful and meaningful if worn by another family member who has a similar body style and size. Sometimes this means that a younger sister or cousin can also enjoy a special bridal dress, or it can be saved so that a daughter or two are able to wear the treasured gown for their special day.
It doesn’t really matter why wedding gown preservation is desired, yet it is possible to keep a bridal gown in pristine condition even after many years of storage, if it was properly handled from the start and stored correctly. But, when the right steps are not taken right away, and the storage is inferior, it is almost assured that the dress will be ruined.
This can even be heartbreaking if a daughter has spent years dreaming about being able to wear her mother’s wedding dress for the occasion of her own marriage. But, good gown preservation will help to assure that such disappointment does not happen and that the heirloom bridal dress can be happily and proudly worn again.
In the midst of the whirlwind that swirls around most nuptials, many times the bridal gown is simply left in an ordinary plastic garment bag. Weeks go by and it is often forgotten about and is not properly stored to prevent deterioration. Unfortunately, this unintentional neglect can make proper gown preservation very difficult.
If preservation steps are delayed, then stains have a chance to oxidize. These could be both seen and unseen stains. Even if the dress visually seems clean there is likely to be areas of body perspiration on the fabric which will cause discoloration over time and can even cause the fabric to become brittle. The bridal gown should be cleaned as soon as possible after the wedding to make sure it is preserved in its best condition.
Even though many people believe that leaving the wedding gown in the protective plastic garment bag is enough to preserve a wedding gown, the fact is that there are harmful fumes that are emitted from the plastic. These are chemical releases that will cause a wedding dress to yellow and will do more harm than good over time.
Proper wedding gown preservation requires both cleaning of the dress and also storage in an acid-free box. These steps should be taken as soon as possible after the occasion and it is best to seek out the services of a company that specializes in preserving wedding dresses.
At Alexander’s Dry Cleaning we can professionally clean and preserve your wedding gown, so that the memories of your special day are kept alive and can be passed down for many generations to come.
Call us at (313) 386-7300 if you have any questions about our wedding gown preservation process.
Article by Mike Selvon, Wedding Gown Preservation Expert