Preserving Your Gown
Your wedding gown will undoubtedly be the most beautiful dress you ever buy, and probably the most expensive. It is an heirloom that you’ll want to pass down to future generations and therefore it should be professionally cleaned and stored after your wedding. Before purchasing your gown we suggest you inspect it carefully, and check the cleaning requirements. Wedding gowns are usually decorated with beads, sequins, lace and other ornate trim. This decorative trim may cause problems during cleaning and the storage process. At the time of purchase, you may want to ask the retailer for any suggested cleaning procedures that may come with the gown, since many gowns don’t have a care label attached.
After the wedding, your gown should be cleaned and protected as soon as possible. For best results, have your gown cleaned within the next week or two. Remember, the longer stains and soil are left in your dress, the greater the probability of their becoming permanently embedded. Choose your dry cleaner carefully; not all are bridal wear specialists. A professional dry cleaner skilled in the restoration and treatment of wedding gowns can breathe new life into your wedding dress.
After your wedding gown is cleaned, definitely have it “Heirloom Boxed.” The heirlooming process preserves the delicate laces, beading and fabric of your wedding ensemble. Your gown will be packed securely in a dust-proof box suitable for storage. Often it can be boxed with a window so it may be viewed without opening the box. Store it in an area that is cool and dry. High temperatures may cause oxidation of finishes or trims, while moisture may cause mildew. The most suitable place is an interior closet where it is dry and cool.
Your new heirloom will be safely protected while it patiently waits to bring joy and beauty to your family’s future brides.
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