The sun is shining. The birds are chirping, and floral blooms are blossoming! It’s spring cleaning time and that should include your wedding gown. I waited more than 20 years to get my gown cleaned and preserved. I don’t recommend that! It was stained and yellowed, and I felt a strong sense of remorse for the neglected my treasured dress had endured. I decided at that moment to clean and preserve it because I wanted my daughters to see it in all its glory and not its pitiful, neglected state. That’s the reason why most brides preserve their gowns – to show their daughters and granddaughters with a glimmer of hope that they might want to wear it. That only happens about 5% of the time. So, here are some good reasons why you should clean and preserve yours.
- You will get a higher sales price if you are not sentimental and want to sell your gown. Which one would you buy?
Designer Wedding Gown for Sale – Lightly used wedding dress with dirt stains around the hem and loose beading around the bust line. Slight yellowing around the underarms from sweat. With a little bit of work this gown will look great for your wedding day.
Designer Wedding Gown for Sale – Beautiful wedding gown perfectly cleaned and preserved to make you look radiant on you wedding day. Dress comes pre-pressed, wrinkle-free, and ready-to-wear in its own presentation box with an anti-staining treatment so you can enjoy your wedding day worry free!
(from the Preservation Nation Blog)
- You should protect your investment, especially if you keep it. There are so many ways you can re-purpose it. I plan to use mine for christening gowns now that it’s clear my daughters are in the 95% club.
- You can have it re-designed for a major anniversary celebration. No reputable seamstress will work on a dirty dress. Additionally, fibers in your gown might start to weaken.
As the Wedding Gown Preservation Company explains:
Your wedding gown is made of organic fibers such as silk, cotton, and chiffon that are just as susceptible as other organic materials to break-down over time. Add in the destructive properties of oils, dirt, sugar, and sweat and what is a small blemish today becomes an unsightly stain in the future.
While there are wedding gown restoration services, preservation experts say it is much more cost-effective and safer to have your dress sent in for a professional cleaning and preservation shortly after your wedding. I know it’s hard to let go, but the dress is returned to you in a sealed, acid-free preservation box with a viewing window so you can look at it as much as you like.
(Guest Blogger: Miriam Liggett, Owner & Chief Consultant, Soliloquy Bridal Couture)