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Protecting Your Wedding Gown

Posted by David Whitehurst on May 3, 2011

 

A wedding gown is so much more than just a dress, and it represents so many things to the woman who wears it. 

 

A bride and her wedding gown are so connected that brides will often have nightmares about a disaster to her wedding gown.

To have a stain on your wedding gown could be a disastrous event.  Not only would it put a literal smudge on your wedding photos, but it could prevent you from handing the dress down to loved ones in the future. 

To make sure that your gown stays in tip top condition, there are a few steps you can take to help avoid and prevent the dreaded stains and other wedding gown disasters.

 

Before the Wedding

If you're storing your dress for a long period of time before your wedding, be sure to hang it somewhere that receives no direct sunlight.  UV rays could damage the color, as well as the integrity of the fabric, on your wedding gown. 

Similarly, don't store your dress in plastic unless you are sure that there will be no condensation in the storage space.  Heavy precipitation or even high humidity could cause an ugly outbreak of mold and mildew when the gown gets no air circulation.  And never leave your gown in a plastic bag for more than a week or two.

Take precautions to store your wedding gown where it is protected from kids and pets.  You just never know what might happen!

There are many precautions you can take while planning your wedding day to help prevent damage to your dress.  For example, be aware of the flowers that are in the bouquet.  If you have chosen one with a strongly colored stamen, ask the florist to remove all of the heavy pollen before bringing it to the wedding.  This will prevent most stains caused by the flowers.

Dark wine and chocolate fountains are very popular at weddings, but are also the leading cause of wedding gown disasters.  Carefully consider how to cater your event yo avoid messy spills and stains!  And beware of the stain traps to avoid a wedding gown disaster.

 

At the Wedding

Choose a deodorant that is also an antiperspirant on your wedding day.  This will help keep you cool, as well as prevent unbecoming stains to your wedding gown.  If you are wearing a lot of make-up or hair product, be very careful when pulling the wedding dress over your head.  Ask for help from your bridesmaids and move slowly!  Consider using a makeup mask to protect your dress.

Many brides also experience wedding gown disasters on the way to their wedding.  To avoid this catastrophe cover your backseat with a white sheet, and lay your wedding gown carefully on top of it.  Consider covering the gown with another white sheet, or use a queen-size sheet and fold it over the gown.  Leave your windows up to prevent outside debris from dusting the gown, and drive carefully!

 

After the Wedding

Identify your wedding gown specialist before your wedding.  Arrange for your Mom, Maid of Honor, Sister or someone…to take you wedding gown to your wedding gown specialist for cleaning and preservation while you're on you honeymoon.  The sooner you take your wedding gown to your specialist, the better.  

Proper wedding gown care requires cleaning and preservation after the wedding.  To find a qualified wedding gown specialist in your area to help you, check out this link to the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists.  Knowing there is a professional who has the knowledge to properly care for wedding gown problems might just turn your nightmares into your gown's version of "Happliy Ever After."

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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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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 Preserve My Wedding Dress A Year Before My Wedding?

Posted by David Whitehurst on July 26, 2010


I was recently asked if a wedding dress should be preserved if it will sit for a year before the wedding.  This is a good question and one with an easy answer: It Depends!

The obvious benefit to getting a wedding dress preservation just a year before your wedding is that the dress would be clean and protected before the wedding.  When preserved, the dress can easily be placed out of reach of kids and pets.  It can easily be placed where a catastrophe like broken water lines are not a threat. So there are many benefits to cleaning and preserving your wedding gown before your wedding.

But is it worth the cost? 

If you can keep your wedding dress -

  • out of the reach of kids and pets,
  • away broken water lines or overflowing toilets, and
  • away from high humidity and heat
then I'd say, "No, you don't need to preserve the gown for just a year."  This is a year when you'll have a lot of focus on your wedding so you aren't likely to forget about your gown. Sometimes the problems happen when the Bride forgets about her gown.  You won't forget about it the year before your wedding.

If you aren't sure about the likelihood of it surviving in good shape for the year, then I'd say preserving is your best bet.  And if the wedding is, say, two years away, I'd say it's a good idea to preserve it.

If you decide to not preserve your wedding dress when your wedding is a year away, make sure you it's clean as soon as possible.  Don't let stains sit for a year.  If the wedding dress has been worn, it may have been exposed to makeup, perspiration, grass stains, hem dirt and more.  Just because it looks clean, don't be fooled.

If you aren't sure about the shape of the gown, bring it by to us in Birmingham, Alabama and we'll take a look at it under a black light.  We'll go over your gown while you're with us to assess the condition.  You can make the decision to have it cleaned or not.  There is no charge for this evaluation process.

So how should you store your clean wedding dress if it will sit for a year before your wedding? 

Here are my suggestions:

  • Don't use a plastic garment bag of any type.  If your gown is stored in a plastic bag for that long, there is a good chance that your gown will show signs of discoloration within a year...and guess what:  You'll need to get it cleaned and restored before your wedding.
  • Remove the breast pads and underarm pads, if any. They'll emit fumes just like a plastic garment bag.  If they are sewn in, you must decide if the risk is worth the gamble of leaving them in place or removing and later restoring them to the gown.
  • Hang the wedding dress on a wooden hanger.  Be sure the hanger has no plastic. 
  • Use a padded hanger unless the wedding dress is sleeveless.  Make sure the padding is not foam rubber.  Make a padded hanger yourself by taking a wooden hanger and wrap it with cotton sheet, terry cloth towel or other cotton fabric
  • If the dress has a long train that cannot easliy be removed, be sure to take the extra weight of the train off the seams by folding the train over the hanger.  One concern about hanging a heavy wedding dress is the seam stretching that occurs over time.  Create ways to minimize the hanging weight on the seams of the wedding gown.  Make a sling and place it over the hanger to move the weight to the sling rather than on the seams. A long dress full of beads can be heavy.  Be creative when dealing with a heavy dress.
  • Protect the wedding dress by placing a large cotton sheet over the dress.  Simply pin the ends of the sheet above the hanger like a taco.  A safety pin or two along the sides is not a bad idea either.  We also have muslin garment bags that can be used to effectively protect and store a hanging wedding dress.
  • Finally, hang the gown where it has room to breathe.  Don't place it in a crowded closet.  And certainly don't even think about using the vacuum sealed plastic containers.

Do these things and your wedding dress should be ready for your wedding.  You may need to get it steamed out before your wedding, but it should be in good shape.


      

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Can I Hold My Wedding Dress After It's Preserved?

Posted by David Whitehurst on June 7, 2010

I have talked to several Brides, including one recently from Hoover, Alabama, about this emotional topic.  The Bride wanted to have her gown cleaned after her wedding.  However, she didn't want to place it in a wedding dress preservation chest.  She wanted her wedding dress to last for many years in case she has a daughter one day who might want to wear her wedding dress.  But she was adamant that she be able to hold and even try on her wedding dress (after the wedding) in order to re-live the memories of her wedding day.

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What Happens When I Break The Seal On My Wedding Dress Preservation Box?

Posted by David Whitehurst on June 6, 2010

Contrary to common belief, the seal on a wedding dress preservation chest does not protect the dress from air.  A dress that is vacuum sealed is likely to be ruined after just a few years.  In fact, for a wedding dress to be successfully preserved over many years, air must circulate around and through the gown. 

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Can I Preserve My Shoes When I Preserve My Wedding Dress?

Posted by David Whitehurst on June 4, 2010

I was contacted by a Bride wanting to preserve her wedding shoes at the same time she preserved her wedding dress.  I told her it was perfectly fine to preserve her wedding shoes...just not in the same box/wedding dress preservation chest as her wedding dress.

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Should You Steam A Wedding Dress Before Traveling?

Posted by David Whitehurst on May 22, 2010

A Bride from Hoover, Alabama contacted me this week asking if it would be best to steam/press her wedding dress prior to leaving for her destination wedding...or should she wait until she arrives at the wedding site to do this.

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The Wedding Dress And The Glass Slipper

Posted by David Whitehurst on March 31, 2010

 

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