How to Preserve Wedding Dresses Lincoln NE
How to Preserve Wedding Dresses
Your wedding dress is probably one of the most expensive pieces of clothing you’ll buy for yourself in this lifetime. After all, why should you enter your marriage life without looking your very best? Because of this, and the sentimental value of the wedding dress, of course, wives and bride-to-bes are now looking into wedding dress preservation. Now, some of you may think that this is just about going to the dry cleaners and stuffing your wedding dress in a box lined with tissue paper. If you have this idea in your head, stop. There’s a great possibility that you’ll be ruining your wedding dress in no time if you do this. Below are proper ways to do it.
Get stains off the minute you remove your dress
Your wedding day is bound to be very busy, and you can’t help but sweat in your dress, or stain it with wine or sugar (from the cake). It doesn’t matter. You don’t have to panic and change into something else before the reception is over, unless you have a different dress prepared just for the reception. What you have to do is to try to wipe off any visible stains in the dress. Hopefully, you didn’t try to drink coffee while you were in that dress because this is one of the most difficult stain to remove. You can use a damp cloth to wipe the stain off, but if you can’t, don’t stress the dress out. This just means that you have to pack it up and send it to a professional wedding dress preservation company.
Can’t I send it to the dry cleaners?
A number of brides think that they can simply send their wedding dresses to the nearest dry cleaners only to find their dress yellowed and damaged after a year. This is because very few of these dry cleaners actually handle thousands of wedding gowns in a year. Remember, your wedding gown is expensive because its materials are more delicate than the ones in your other dresses. For one, the fabric in your dress needs to be treated with non-acidic products. Some dry cleaners use perc which can really yellow delicate fabrics. Wedding dress preservation companies use special, petroleum-based cleaning agents that help get rid of the stain without infecting the fabric with acid. As a result, you’ll have a fresh looking wedding dress even years after your wedding day.
Will they pack it in plastic?
Your dry cleaners will probably pack everything in plastic: from your stuffed toys to your beddings, to your wedding gown. This is fine for all your other fabrics, but for a wedding gown that you’re not going to use anymore, this can be hazardous. When you pack your wedding gown with plastic, you trap air and moisture in. Again, this can cause yellowing, and even worse, mold and mildew build-up. Surely, wedding preservations companies will only put your wedding dress in a box lined with special, non-acidic tissue. You shouldn’t try to change this lining with regular tissue paper because the tissue paper we use at home actually contains quite a high level of acid. When this ages with the delicate fabric of your wedding dress, it can cause a lot of damage.
Can I preserve the gown with my shoes, too?
Aside from the wedding gown, brides also like to preserve their wedding shoes. This is possible, but you should store your wedding shoes in the same box that you’re keeping your wedding dress. Aside from the tears, creases and scratches it can cause, it will also cause your wedding dress to discolor. Remember, your wedding shoes are made of white leather, and in time, this will disintegrate, especially if your storage room tends to be hot or humid. You may keep them in a partitioned container as long as the shoes aren’t touching the dress, but it’s really best for you to keep them in two separate boxes.
How much will preserving my gown cost?
This is the downside to preserving your wedding gown: it can eat up hundreds of dollars off your saving. A lot of brides set aside a little extra before their wedding day just to be sure that they can have enough money to preserve their gowns. While this is alright, you can also ask your relatives or married friends how they preserved their own wedding gowns. While it’s really quite impossible to DIY your own wedding gown preservation, you can probably look for a competitive dry cleaners.
Some dry cleaners are knowledgeable about handling specific wedding gown fabrics. If they’re known for their careful handling of silks, and your wedding dress happens to be made mostly out of silk, then you’re in luck! Some wedding dress preservation companies do inflate their prices because they already have the branding for their services. But if you want to be the practical wife, you can do without the extra expenses that some people spend on prestige alone.
How am I going to pack my gown from the dry cleaners?
Surely, when you bought your gown, it came with a bog box and special tissue linings. These are the same ones that wedding preservation companies use. Take care not to throw the box and the lining away. You will need them when you pack away your beautiful wedding gown.
Once your gown is in the box, you should then look for the perfect place in your house to keep it in. As we’ve mentioned earlier, fabrics yellow because of humidity, moisture, or sudden changes in the temperature. It’s a bad idea to tuck away your gown in the dingy basement, and an equally bad idea to keep it in the attic if you have strange changes of weather and temperature in your area.
The safest way for you to preserve your gown is to make room for it in your closet. Most wives keep their wedding gowns in a box at the topmost cabinet of their closets. Just make sure that you don’t have mice problems. The last thing that you want is a rodent nibbling on the lace of your gown.