Preserving Your Wedding Dress: 4 Things You Need to Do

Preserving Your Wedding Dress: 4 Things You Need to Do

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Dec 22, 2021

Your wedding dress is probably one of the most expensive and sentimental purchases you will ever make in your life. So, it is only normal for you to want to get the most out of it. Today, brides have plenty of options when it comes to what they want to do with their wedding dresses after the big day. Some repurpose them into cocktail gowns. Some choose to donate them while a few also sell them. And then there are brides who “trash the dress” in a bid to have one final creative photo session. Those who want to hang on to them prefer to preserve them and transform them into family heirlooms that can be passed down from one generation to the next.

If you, too, want to preserve your wedding dress, this blog is for you. Preserving a dress that symbolizes such an important milestone in your life, however, isn’t as easy as it may sound.

To make sure your beautiful wedding gown lasts for a lifetime, here are a few things you need to do:

1. Check for stains

This is the first thing you need to do. Check your dress meticulously to ensure that there are no stains. You may think that it is spotless but sometimes, the stains you can’t see do the most damage. For instance, white wine spills may seem invisible at first glance but they caramelize over time and turn darker. They cannot be removed by regular dry cleaning. Work with a professional cleaner or preservationist to deal with such stains.

2. Don’t wait for too long to preserve your dress

When it comes to preserving your wedding dress, time is of the essence. Some brides tend to wait for months before taking their dress to be preserved, but that only provides ample time for the stains to set in. The longer you wait to get your dress to the preservationist, the higher the chances of sunlight and oxidation damaging it permanently. After your wedding, store it in a cool, dry place and do not wait for more than three months to get it preserved.

3. Consider the preservation costs

Preserving your wedding dress is a pretty big expense so before you decide to do it, think about whether it is financially feasible for you. You need to figure this cost into your wedding budget. On average, a preservationist can serve you anywhere between $250 to $2,500. Gowns that are heavily embellished, with big layered skirts and long trains, usually cost more to be preserved. For best results, you can always ask your bridal salon to recommend a preservation company.

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