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Don’t Touch the Wedding Dress?

Posted by David Whitehurst on March 26, 2011

Wedding Dress Fitting

So what can happen if I handle my wedding dress?


One question that many brides-to-be will ask us is if they can discolor their wedding dress by touching it with bare hands. There’s not really a straight answer to this. While it can happen, if you treat it with the care and reverence that most brides will have for their dress, it should be fine. We don’t want to make you afraid to handle the dress. After all, you want to be able to enjoy it rather than worry over every little speck.

Before the Wedding Day

Our advice is to treat it well, but don’t be afraid of it. Using common sense is probably your best way to go. Always wash your hands before handling your dress. On the day of fittings and the hours leading up to the ceremony, stay away from messes and be careful around food. Make sure to guard your dress around children who may have some grubby hands. Enjoy your gown and your special day without stressing over every little thing...especially after the ceremony.

After the Wedding Day

After the wedding is a different story. Once you get it to us for cleaning (or to most any other Certified Wedding Gown SpecialistTM), we’ll give it back to you with cotton gloves. We encourage you to handle it as little as possible after you have cleaned and preserved your wedding dress, but it’s also understandable if you want to take it out to show it off to someone who may not have seen it already. In these instances, we strongly urge you to only handle the dress with cotton gloves. This will preserve the color and ensure that no oils from your skin soak into the fabric. If this were to happen, the dress could discolor over time.

OK.  It Was Handled…A Lot After It Was Cleaned and Preserved

If you have no choice but to handle the wedding dress excessively without gloves and plan to keep it for a vow renewal or to hand down to someone in the family, you should take it back in for another cleaning. If you don’t, you risk either discoloration to the dress or a more extensive wedding dress restoration procedure later down the line. 

Ask your Certified Wedding Gown Specialist for a "deal" since he already cleaned it for you once.  I know I'd do that for any bride.

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