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Wedding Dress Preservation to Preserve Your Most Precious Wedding Day Memory

Wedding Dress Preservation to Preserve Your Most Precious Wedding Day Memory

The single most important item of clothing you will ever buy is your wedding gown. You can debate this all you want, but it’s likely the most expensive, the most photographed, and the least worn item of clothing that will ever hang in your closet. You’ll take excellent care in choosing the gown that perfectly fits your vision of your big day whether you’re looking for a simple but stunning satin sheath for an oceanfront sunset wedding or a full gown for a fairytale party fit for a princess. Whatever your big day looks like, your gown will only help you shine.

As you embody the planning process, from finding the perfect location to agonizing over the guest list (do you really want to/have to invite your mom’s coworkers even though she’s helping pay for the wedding?) to trying on gown after gown until you feel absolutely perfect, there’s one thing we know you’re overlooking. Having your wedding gown professionally cleaned and preserved.

We know, we know; you’re going to be careful, you’re not going to spill anything, and your gown will be perfect for the ceremony – but what happens when it’s time to dance all night, eat, drink, and be married (see what we did there)? You can be as careful as you want in your gown prior to your ceremony, but it’s what happens after that might become a problem.

Wedding Gowns and Stain Prevention

If your gown is perfect for the photos and the ceremony, not much else matters throughout the course of the night. Rest assured; you will not mind so much if you find a small grass stain along the bottom of your gown towards to end of the night. No one will notice, and you will not worry. Fortunately, you can work ahead to prevent stains.

  •   Don’t put on makeup while in your gown
  •   Cover your face with a white towel when you put your gown on
  •   Don’t eat or drink wearing your gown
  •   Don’t walk outside in your gown
  •   Don’t let anyone touch your gown without first washing their hands
  •   Keep your gown in the garment bag up until the last possible moment

Each of these tips will help you keep your gown clean and perfect before you say your vows. It’s afterward that you need to understand stains will happen.

More: How to get out last minute wedding gown stains on your wedding day

Stains Will Happen On Your Wedding Day, Relax!

We know you don’t want to think about this right now. You have enough to worry about as it is, after all. However, we prefer you know ahead of time what you’re up against on your big day, and what your expensive, unbelievably beautiful gown is up against is stains. All kinds of stains. Wine stains, dinner stains, sweat stains, grass stains, mud, and so many other things that you probably never thought about.

The simple truth is that your dress will not survive the night of your wedding unscathed. Something will happen, and that is all right. Your photographer can edit out noticeable stains, and you’ll be so filled with endorphins you won’t care that much (if the ceremony is over, that is).

  •   Sweat stains from being nervous or hot
  •   Grass from outdoor weddings
  •   Mud from inclement weather
  •   Fingerprints
  •   Makeup
  •   Wine
  •   Beverages
  •   Dinner
  •   Appetizers
  •   Cake stains – usually invisible to begin with, but can darken over time

While you might not care about most of these stains the night of your wedding as they aren’t typically going to show up in the moment, you do want to remember that these stains will probably darken over time. This is where we come in. You might not wear your gown again, but you didn’t spend thousands upon thousands of dollars on a gown to toss in the back of your closet, stains and all, to one day take out for your own daughter to see only to realize those sweat stains and deodorant stains discolored your gown.

How Your Precious Wedding Gown is Preserved

The best way to handle the preservation of your gown is by using our numerous resources, and by planning. If you have a preservation plan in place before your big day, you’re more likely to find yourself follow through. It’s so easy to take off your gown, hang it up, and forget about it once you leave for your honeymoon and come back to your new normal. But, if you have a preservation plan in place, you’re going to follow through.

We offer many options when it comes to preserving your wedding gown. Depending on what you want from your gown, our professionals can help you figure out which preservation kit fits your timeline, your preferences, and your budget. From traditional wedding gown preservations to wedding dress clean-only kits to the restoration of a wedding gown that’s more than 20-years-old and in need of some TLC, we have the perfect option for you.

Everything You Need to Know About Gown Preservation

The most important thing you need to know about the preservation of your wedding gown is that there is no one size fits all option for this type of care. Every dress is different. Every need is different. For example, your gown might not have a stain on it, and it might not need as much cleaning as another gown. Your gown might not be one you spent much money on, which means it’s probably going to need less care than one that was significantly more expensive and made of more expensive fabrics. There is no set price range, set timeframe, or set care process for any one gown.

You will want to have a consultation with the company you choose prior to preserving your gown. You want to know what to expect, how it will work, and what to do when your wedding is over. There are specific details you want to know prior to your preservation. For example, does this company use acid-free tissue to store your gown in a box? What does the company want you to do with the gown once it’s been preserved? They should tell you the best place to store it is somewhere in which the dress is not exposed to sunlight, where it’s dry, and there is no moisture – which means your dress cannot go in the attic or the basement.

Learn More: The Cost of Wedding Dress Preservation

The Future of Your Dress

clean and preserve your wedding gown after your wedding day

No bride is going to wear her gown again once her wedding day is over, but there are some instances in which you might decide to don your gown one more time. You might decide it’s time to take it out of the closet and put it on for some anniversary photos – one year, 10 years, 25 years. Whatever it may be, there may come a time when you want to wear your gown again.

You may have a little girl of your own at some point, and you want to put her in your gown for annual birthday photos to see her grow up each year. You may have a little girl who is traditional at heart, and she wants to war your beautiful, timeless, perfect gown on her own wedding day – or a daughter-in-law who feels the same. Perhaps you will one day decide that you want to bestow upon a less fortunate bride a beautiful gown for her to wear on her wedding day by donating it to a good cause.

Not every bride feels the need to keep her gown at home in the closet where she will never look at it again, you see. You’re not wrong for making any decision that feels good to you. However, all these options require your dress is clean, preserved, and perfect.

Have Your Wedding Gown Professionally Cleaned and Preserved Today!

At, we want to be sure your gown is as perfect after the wedding as it was the day you put it on for the first time. Our wedding gown professionals are here to help you figure out what you need to do, what you want to do, and how you want to do it when your wedding is over and it’s time to take care of the little details. We offer an array of options for you and your wedding gown, and each one guarantees your dress is going to come back to you more beautiful than it was before. It’s time to plan for the future of your gown, and we will be here with you every step of the way.