Preserving Your Wedding Dress
Your wedding dress is something you will cherish for the rest of your life. Therefore, you will want to preserve your wedding dress as best you can. Several steps can be taken to do so.
A professional dry cleaner will need to inspect your wedding dress for any loose threads, missing beads or stains/spots. Your dry cleaner will know the best way to deal with the delicate fabric of your wedding dress and will be able to repair any damage to the dress before continuing with the preservation process. Additionally, if there are burn holes from wedding sparklers or tears from catching the dress on something at your reception, those will need to be repaired by a professional so they aren’t noticeable in the future.
The next step in the process is to have any stains or spots removed from the dress, which can be done through spot cleaning. Any dirt or sweat on the dress will be removed at this time. Depending on the particular stains on your dress, it can be dry cleaned or wet cleaned, and a professional will know which method to use.
Once your dress is cleaned and any damage to it is repaired it is time to box it up. Boxing your wedding dress will protect it from aging, yellowing and damage due to insects, dust, sun and more. While you may be tempted to preserve your dress in a hangar, the preferred option is to use a bust form made of cardboard. This will preserve the shape of your wedding dress, as a hangar would not be capable of doing so.
Before you put it into storage you will need to remove any items from the dress such as shoulder pads, perspiration shields and any other types of padding. Anything within the gown that is made of foam should also be removed.
When the wedding dress is being prepared for storage, acid free tissue paper is stuffed into the gown’s folds. The acid free tissue paper is meant to keep your dress from getting wrinkled and avoid permanent folds forming in the dress. It also serves to keep the dress’s surroundings stabilized.
It is important that the box your wedding dress is stored in is not completely sealed up. If it is, there will not be any air flow reaching the dress and it will become damaged.
After your wedding dress has been boxed up properly it needs to be stored in a location that is dry and cool. The location where you store your dress reading should not be exposed to direct sunlight, as it will cause the dress material to fade and become dull. You should also avoid allowing any heavy objects to be laid on top of your wedding dress box.
If you plan to store and preserve your wedding day jewelry and other accessories it is best to save it in a location away from the dress. This includes tiaras, veils and other similar items. Storing these items near your wedding dress could cause the fabric to deteriorate due to metallurgical reactions.
These are the steps that need to be taken in order to preserve your wedding dress for the future. Each preservation scenario will be different depending on the condition of your wedding dress, but with the proper care and attention to detail you can easily get it in the best condition possible for preservation.