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Your Wedding Dress Is Preserved. So Now What?

Posted by David Whitehurst on June 6, 2011

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Wedding Dress Preservation Begins With The Preservation


Here Are Four Suggestions For You After Preservation Of Your Wedding Dress

So you've done the right thing and had your wedding dress cleaned and preserved by a wedding gown specialist.  What do you do now to make sure it looks great for your next generation? 

Your Responsibility Begins With The Preservation

Here are four steps you should follow after cleaning and preservation to help your dress to survive for several generations.  These suggestions are based on your dress being preserved in a 100% acid-free preservation box. 

If the dress is preserved any other way (perhaps in a muslin bag on a hanger), adjust these guidelines for the difference in preservation methods.  I don't personally recommend preserving a wedding dress on a hanger due to the damage from seam stretching that is likely over the years.

Here are the Bride's responsibilities after preserving her wedding dress:

  1. Store your preserved wedding dress where is it in a controlled environment.  Ideally this is in a cool area with minimal humidity.  This means it should be stored in the main living area of your home...not in the attic or in un unfinished basement.  And don't consider a storage unit unless it is a temperature controlled facility.
  2. Keep the preserved dress off the floor of the room.  By doing this, you keep the dress away from kids, pets and floods from broken water pipes.  A shelf in the closet is a good location.
  3. Keep linens, jackets, clothes and other items off and away from the preservation chest.  A museum quality preservation box will allow air to pass through.  Don't do anything to stop this from happening like stacking blankets on top of or jammed next to the wedding dress preservation box.  Give the dress romm to breathe.
  4. Inspect your dress at least every four to five years.  Use cotton gloves to handle your dress.  Don't let the oils from your hands touch the dress because that could cause a stain to develop by the next time you inspect the dress.

When you inspect the dress, here's what to look for:

  • Signs of yellowing anywhere on the wedding dress
  • Signs of insects on the dress or in the preservation box
  • Anything unusual...beads turning color, dress in a shade different from lace, etc.

If you find any issues with the dress, take it to your wedding gown specialist for follow up treatment.

When you take the dress out of the preservation box to inspect it, notice how it is folded and placed in the preservation box.  It is typically cushioned with 100% acid-free tissue.  When you return the dress to the box after your inspection, try to slightly change where the dress is folded.  This will help minimize creases in the dress that might become permanent over the years.  Re-use the acid-free tissue as a cushion at each fold.  And don't supplement the tissue with anything other than 100% acid-free tissue.  Check with your wedding gown specialist if you need more.

If you get your wedding dress preserved and follow these procedures, your dress should last for generations.

Wedding dress preservation does not end when you get your dress preserved.  Successful wedding preservation is just beginning.

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