Your wedding gown is one of the most important items of clothing you will ever purchase in your life. You spend months looking at wedding magazines, hours browsing bridal shops, and one day wearing it! And instead of hanging it in a garment bag in the back of your closet, you should consider having your wedding gown preserved. You may want to be able to pass it down to your daughter or other family member, or just preserve it for the sake of memories. Preserving wedding gowns, however, is not something you can trust to just any dry cleaners.
Preservation of wedding dresses may cost around $150-$500. The cost varies as per type of dress and the level of preservation services you will require. After the wedding you can bring the gown to a dry cleaning or gown preservation company where a staff will assess and analyze the fabric, embellishment and other gown details so the proper cleaning method may be applied to it.
The hem is the part of gown which is the dirtiest. Most of the times this part is hand washed and stained spots are treated. The common causes of stains on hems are mud, grass, sweat, body oils, cosmetics and sugar from cake or wine.
When the gown has been cleaned, it is then pressed or steam to remove wrinkles. The wedding gown may be subjected to chemical treatments in order to prevent yellowing or color changes as the gown is in storage. It is then folded properly and placed in a pH balanced or acid free chest or box with display or see thru window. The gown will be ready to be picked up from 3-12 weeks.
Preserving the gown after the wedding is a main objective for brides who plan to make a heirloom out of their wedding gowns and be passed down to their daughters. Brides who have their gowns preserved may also be able to resell their gowns at a reasonable price since they are still in good quality and condition.
Remember that if you want your wedding gown to be preserved, immediately after the wedding, the gown should already be brought to the cleaner or to the company that offers gown preservation. Immediate cleaning is necessary especially if the gown is stained. Allowing the stain to dry up and get seated on the fabric will only make it hard to remove. Gowns to be preserved must be sent to the cleaner within six weeks after the wedding day. Gowns subjected to preservation after six weeks may still be probable to be restored yet the process will be more complex and costly.
If you want to save some money on a wedding gown which is not too dirty, perhaps you can do the dry cleaning using a cleaning kit and bring it only to the company for the preservation method. Look for a gown preservation company that is reliable, professional and can be trusted with your precious wedding gown.
You need to determine if the company really has a trusted reputation and can give you high quality services. Some cleaners may claim that your gown has been cleaned yet as you open the box, you will shockingly discover that inside are mold growths from stains which were not properly cleaned. You can check for references from the company’s previous clients.