Is Wedding Dress Preservation Worth It?
One question we see asked quite a bit is if wedding dress preservation is really worth it. Maybe your gown has been sitting around a while, hanging in your closet or maybe you just purchased your wedding dress in anticipation of your upcoming big day. The question is not whether it’s worth it to preserve your gown but rather is it worth the chance that your gown may yellow and fray if you don’t have it preserved? Let’s jump into a few reasons why wedding dress preservation is worth the effort and the worth the small price.
Wedding gowns are made of delicate materials
Let’s face it, wedding dresses aren’t exactly built for wear and tear. With most gowns being constructed from materials such as lace, taffeta, and silk, it’s important that your gown is properly stored over the years. Leaving your gown hanging in the closet for years is one of the most damaging places you can store your gown. Material gets stretched and damaged around the hanger and material can get frayed or damaged as the gown is brushed against and moved around. By storing your gown in a proper preservation box, seated on a bust to keep the gown’s original form, you are protecting those delicate materials from wear and tear as your dress ages over the years.
Create a family heirloom to be worn again one day
Wedding dress styles have a tendency to come and go out of style over the years. From plunging neck lines to sleeves to bustles, the current “in” style tends to come around full circle. Wouldn’t it be great if when your daughter or granddaughter’s big day came around, the dress you wore on your wedding would be back in style? What better way for them to honor you on their wedding day by wearing the same gown that you were married in. Having your gown cleaned and preserved is the only way to be sure your gown looks just as beautiful on their wedding day as it did for yours.
Air doesn’t cause gowns to yellow, stains do.
One of the top reasons for the yellowing of wedding gowns as they’re stored over time is due to untreated stains over time. Out of all the stains you can get on your wedding dress, sugar is by far the most damaging. The compounds found in sugar cause the fibers in your dress to break down, giving the fabric a “yellowed” appearance over time. Other stains that can cause yellowing include sweat stains, grass stains and other food related stains such as oil. Regardless of how you store your gown for the long term, failing to have your gown properly cleaned before storage can mean disaster for your dress years down the road.
It’s never been more affordable to preserve your gown
About 20 or so years ago, wedding dress preservation was reserved for the upper class as the process required special machines not normally provided by local dry cleaners. With the advent of the internet and mail-in wedding dress preservation the service has been made available to all at a very affordable price. Mail-in preservation is safe, insured and guaranteed for over 100 years. Preserving your dress with a mail-in service will still save you $100’s off having your gown preserved locally and in many cases local dry cleaners will outsource their cleaning to the same service online companies use with a steep markup.
Preserve your wedding dress today!
What are you waiting for? Give yourself and your family the gift of a beautiful heirloom to pass down through the generations by having your wedding gown cleaned and preserved.