May 31, 2013
The big day has come and gone and that beautiful dress that you’ve spent so much time looking for is now hanging in your closet. Maybe your daughter will wear it one day? Maybe your mother said the same thing, but there’s no way you would wear your mom’s wedding dress! It has yellowed, it’s dingy, and time has not been kind to the detailing. This is because your mother didn’t preserve her wedding dress properly. Thankfully, with a few simple steps, you can preserve your wedding dress so it will be as white and vibrant as your wedding day.
- Cleaning – There are people who take care of couture wedding gowns for a living, utilize them! Search your area for gown preservationists so you get the proper cleaning of your dress. Don’t rely on your run-of-the-mill dry cleaner. Gown preservationists will properly clean your gown to get out any unsightly stains caused by food, champagne or that wedding cake that your husband thought it would be cute to cover your face with. If these stains are left on the dress, they can oxidize and discolor your beautiful dress.
- Packaging – So your dress is clean, now it’s time to make sure it isn’t affected by the elements. Making sure that the dress is wrapped in the proper material is a must. A white, acid-free tissue paper will work nicely. But remember, colorful tissue paper can stain the dress is it gets wet and regular tissue paper can destroy your gown due to its acid contents. Just remember, don’t wrap or seal your dress with plastic! It can cause permanent wrinkles and trap moisture.
- Storage – Don’t hang your dress on a wire or wooden hanger, over time, gravity can wreak havoc on a dress, especially a heavier one, use a hanger built for larger garments like a padded plastic hanger. Keep in a temperate, dry area. Don’t put your expensive dress in the basement or attic where humidity and temperature fluctuations destroy all your hard work.
There you have it! Make sure you take your dress to someone who knows about dresses so your dress can get the proper care. And if you want to take a trip down memory lane, make sure you have clean hands before you touch your dress!