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Last Updated on April 7, 2022 by Steal the Style
After the wedding is all said and done, some brides may be wondering how to preserve their wedding dress from their special day and what the best way to go about it may be. There are lots of different options and many companies who offer different services when it comes to preserving a wedding dress, so we are going to fill you in on what you need to know.
Before finding a wedding preservationist, you will want to do your research. Ask your bridal shop for a recommendation, or ask friends and family. Just because your dry cleaner can clean your dress doesn’t mean they know how to properly preserve the dress after it has been worn. You will want to turn to someone who does this for a living and promotes themselves as a preservationist with reviews you can check out online.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions about the cleaning and preserving processes. Even if you do not know every step of what goes into it, it will be reassuring to know what the company will be doing with your dress. Do not rule out companies that send dresses away to be cleaned, especially if they have good reviews.
You will also want to ask about their guarantee – you will want to work with a company that offers a warranty if you find your dress has damage after a number of years or was perhaps not preserved properly. You will want to read over the fine print of any contract very carefully to ensure that you are making the right decision.
Don’t Use Plastic
If you want to keep your dress at home without it going through the preservation process to save some money, never put the dress in a plastic bag – it can trap moisture that helps mold and mildew grow. If you are hanging it up, always use a plastic or cloth hanger as wood or wire can distort and pull at the fabric of the dress.
Get it Cleaned
Also, you need to make sure you clean our wedding dress thoroughly if you’re going to preserve it on your own. You also want to make sure that any imperfections such as small burn holes from the wedding sparklers used during your sendoff-line or bits of cake from your cake cutting ceremony are completely removed.
They will release toxins and breed bacteria, respectively, and cause your white wedding dress to yellow over time. I find that a quick steam cleaning will kill pretty much everything living in your dress’s fabric without destroying the delicate trim pieces.
Whether you have your wedding dress preserved by a professional or do it yourself, you need to be educated to get it done correctly. You want to keep your dress in great condition so you can pull it out or even hand it down to one of your daughters, and that’s why its so important to have your wedding dress preserved correctly the first time.