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Wedding Gown Preservation - Is It Right For You?

Posted by David Whitehurst on March 16, 2012

Your wedding day is a moment in time you will remember forever both in your heart and through heirlooms like pictures, your ring and maybe even your bouquet. You can also preserve this day by preserving your wedding gown.

Some brides don't see the point of wedding gown preservation. I want to outline some key reasons why you should go ahead and invest in wedding gown preservation.

 

The Cost is Not Too Much
Think about the cost of preserving your wedding gown for 30 years from now.  If a gown costs $300 to clean and preserve, that's only $10 a year.  That's not much when you think about the memories that are forever with you through your gown. 
Preserve an Heirloom
I talk with many past brides who wish they had done a better job saving their wedding dress because the dress is one of the most important heirlooms from your wedding day. Wedding gown preservation means you can enjoy this heirloom for years to come and share the heirloom with your own children and grandchildren. You may not realize it now, but future generations really do value these family treasures. Think about what having your own grandmother's or mother's dress would mean to you. 

Isn't it Romantic?
Some brides like the romanticism of saving their wedding dress. You may want to try it on from time to time, pull it out for a recommitment ceremony or schedule a photo shoot for yourself after the wedding, a growing trend among brides. I've also seen significant anniversary parties (maybe 10, 25 or 40 years) with the preserved dress on a mannequin.  Wedding gown preservation will be the romantic symbol of your wedding day to enjoy forever.

Pass it On
Vintage wedding dresses have tremendous value to your future heirs and other women who will become important to you throughout your life. Wedding gown preservation means you can pass on your beautiful wedding gown for someone else to wear, treasure and pass on. Vintage dresses have extra significance when brides wear gowns from their mothers, grandmothers, aunts and sisters.

You will always remember your wedding day and your memories will never fade. Your wedding gown, though, will fade. Even if you don't know what you plan to do with your wedding gown in the future or see it as an unnecessary cost, you may change your mind later when it's too late. Plan ahead now for wedding gown preservation so you can hang on to this precious heirloom for generations to come.

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2548 Rocky Ridge Road
Birmingham, AL 35243
205.588.4120

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The Pros and Cons of Used Wedding Dresses

Posted by David Whitehurst on May 10, 2011

Wedding dresses are symbol of perhaps the happiest day in a woman's life.

But sometimes wedding dresses are enjoyed only on the wedding day.

After the wedding day, wedding dresses may rest cleaned and preserved to sit in the bride's closet waiting to be passed on to a daughter.  And sometimes, they are simply left taking up space in the closet collecting dust, uncleaned, unpreserved and slowly dying.

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Topics: used wedding dress, wedding dress, wedding gown preservation in Birmingham Alabama

How Long Should I Wait Before I Preserve My Wedding Dress?

Posted by David Whitehurst on January 23, 2011

When I was asked about how long should a Bride wait to get her wedding gown cleaned and preserved, my answer was simple....

 

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Should You Vacuum Seal Your Wedding Dress?

Posted by David Whitehurst on December 27, 2010

The Idea Of Vacuum Sealing A Wedding Dress Is Suggested Often As A Method Of Preservation.  Will It Work?

Sure, you can vacuum seal your wedding gown.  Just put your wedding gown in one of the special vacuum seal bags, connect your vacuum cleaner and suck the air out the bag.  The plastic compresses the wedding dress and you can store it just about anywhere and feel confident that it can't be harmed by kids, pests, pets or moisture.  Isn't this is a perfect solution for preserving your wedding gown?

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How Should I Store My Wedding Dress Before My Wedding?

Posted by David Whitehurst on December 21, 2010


I Was Recently Asked About The Best Way To Store a Wedding Gown in The Weeks or Months Before The Wedding. 

 

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How Long Does It Take To Steam A Wedding Dress?

Posted by David Whitehurst on December 21, 2010

 

Should It Take A Week or a Day To Steam Out A Wedding Dress? There Are 3 Factors That Answer This Question.

It's not unusual to learn that it might take a week or sometimes even two weeks to get a weeding dress steamed out or pressed.  But here's the truth to this story:

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What Happens To A Wedding Dress If You Don't Preserve It?

Posted by David Whitehurst on November 30, 2010

 

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Should I Clean My Wedding Dress Before the Wedding?

Posted by Brandi Kane on October 8, 2010

I Am Asked Often About The Need For Cleaning a Wedding Dress Before The Wedding. 


The answer is simple...but maybe it's just too obvious for the Bride who wants her wedding gown to look perfect.

If you bought a new dress and you don't have dirt, grass stains or other "junk" on your wedding dress, you should NOT need to get it cleaned before your wedding.

However, almost every wedding gown (new or not) worn outside for pictures will have dirt or grass stains around the hem. It's almost impossible to avoid this problem if you wear your dress outside.  A wedding photographer from Birmingham I was talking to recently told me that he tells all of his brides to expect dirt and grass stains on their wedding dress whenever making outside pictures.

If you just have a little dirt or grass stain on the hem, especially on the under side of the gown, you can either forget it or work on it yourself. Remember, the attention will be on YOU during your wedding, not on the hem of your wedding dress.

If your wedding gown is polyester, follow this link to an earlier blog post on getting grass stains out of polyester wedding gowns.  Don't try to remove the stains from a silk dress yourself.  Most people don't have the right ingredients or knowledge and can easily damage silk wedding gowns.  Polyester wedding gowns are much more forgiving.  Of course, a qualified Wedding Gown Specialist can help you with stains on your dress...but make sure the dry cleaner is experienced with wedding gowns. 

If you bought a second-hand wedding gown, such as a consignment shop gown or a bridal shop sample gown, you can judge of how clean it is.  Our experience has been that we can really make the white wedding gown brighter if it been on display and handled for several months.

You might be pleasantly surprised at how helpful in removing stains (before your wedding) a wedding gown specialist might be if you agree to have your gown cleaned and preserved after your wedding.  I know we have a special program for Birmingham area Brides, our Gown Protection Plan, to help with stain removal before the wedding.  We also offer a special price when cleaning a wedding gown before and after the wedding.

      

Protect Your Wedding Dress In Birmingham, Alabama BeforeYour Wedding With Our own Gown Protection Plan. For only $35.00 we'll help you keep your wedding gown looking great.

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Should I Steam My Wedding Gown Before Or After Pictures?

Posted by David Whitehurst on September 20, 2010

Vicky from Mountain Brook, Alabama asked me recently whether she should have her wedding gown steamed before or after her pictures.

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Topics: wedding gown pressing in Birmingham Alabama, wedding gown steaming Birmingham Alabama, wedding gown preservation in Birmingham Alabama

Six Wedding Gown Preservation Myths That Won't Die - But Should

Posted by David Whitehurst on August 25, 2010

There are a lot of myths floating around about wedding gown preservation and I'm going to do my best to put an end to the mistaken beliefs. 

Sure, I'm in the wedding gown preservation business.  As a wedding gown cleaner in Birmingham, Alabama, I've heard from a lot of Brides about how special their wedding gown is to them.  And I've heard from Mothers of the Bride about how special it is for her daughter to wear her wedding gown. If they didn't have their wedding gown cleaned and preserved by a wedding gown specialist, they wouldn't have the choices they have today.

So let's put an end to the madness of these myths!

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