Brides often call to ask how soon after the wedding the bridal gown has to be cleaned. Of course, the sooner you have your wedding dress cleaned, the easier it is for the Specialist to remove successfully all the cake and lipstick and floor dirt you picked up the day of the wedding. But are you really ready to give… Read More »What About Cleaning My Gown After the Wedding?
Several years ago, the nationally-syndicated columnist Dear Abby printed a letter from “Duped in California,” who was devastated to find that her wedding gown was NOT in the wedding chest she had always thought was protecting her treasured heirloom. The letter [more] prompted many others to share their own disappointments, and on April 23, 2009, Dear Abby printed advice to brides which read in… Read More »Where Should I Go to have my wedding dress cleaned and Preserved?
If you bought a sample from the bridal shop, your wedding gown on E-Bay, or a consignment shop, chances are that your wedding gown looks a little shopworn. Yet, strangely enough, people will tell you NOT to have your wedding gown cleaned! You see this all the time on wedding websites: “Don’t have your wedding gown cleaned before the wedding… Read More »Will My Wedding Dress Be Okay If I Have It Cleaned Before the Wedding?
Yes, it does! Brides call every two or three weeks because they are worried their bridal gowns are yellowing. Almost always, the problem is the container. The acidic content will yellow your wedding gown when the container is not entirely acid-free. Of course, you should ask the service provider that cleans and preserves your bridal gown whether they are using… Read More »Does the Container Matter When You Preserve Your Bridal Gown?
Plastic bags are the worst possible choice for your wedding dress because plastic emits fumes that can yellow your bridal gown. If you have a bag made from muslin or tyvek, there will be no harmful fumes, but bags are not a particularly good choice for long-term storage. Hanging for long periods of time can distort the shape of your… Read More »Bag Versus Box: Which Is Best For Your Bridal Gown?
Introduction When you chose your wedding gown, you could see it was the perfect wedding dress for you, and everyone agreed your wedding gown was just right for you. But after the wedding, how can you find the care that is just right for your bridal gown so it, too, can have a happy ever after? Conclusion Believe it or… Read More »Top Ten Things for Preserving Your Gown
That’s a good question, but there is no quick and easy answer. There are three components in a good wedding gown preservation: a clean dress, archival-quality storage materials, and a safe place to store the container. Most fabric conservators recommend a container made of completely acid-free paperboard and tissue for packing that is also completely acid-free. In the United States, the… Read More »How Can I Find an Eco-Friendly Wedding Gown Preservation Service?