Thursday, August 2, 2012

What is Gown Preservation and Why Should I Do It?

We get a lot of brides who call and ask us about gown preservation. Most people (brides or otherwise) have no idea what gown preservation entails or even why they should do it! So here are some of the most frequently asked questions about bridal gown preservation:

1.) Why should I preserve my wedding gown? Your wedding gown is not only an expensive part of your wedding day that should be cared for, it's also a very personal statement about yourself. Every bride is unique and her dress plays a major part in showing her personality and taste. Whether you plan to pass it on to your daughter or granddaughter, preservation will help maintain the original look and quality of your dress.

2.) When should I preserve my wedding gown? We recommend you bring your dress in no more than three weeks after the wedding. If you act quickly, it's more likely that the stains left from champagne, food, dirt, make-up and perspiration will come out. If you wait longer, the stains may not be able to be removed. And don't think that just because you can't see it, it's not there. Sugars even from clear liquors and white wine will carmelize and eventually turn brown. Dirt and make-up will actually break down the fibers of the fabric. Food that isn't cleaned off can attract insects and perspiration that isn't cleaned can oxidize and turn yellow over time. In other words: the sooner, the better!

3.) Should I have my dress cleaned before I send it out for preservation? No- the preservation company we use will clean your dress prior to preserving it, so there is not need to spend extra money having it cleaned first.

4.) Isn't is a lot more expensive to preserve my gown? Why not just have it cleaned? You can certainly choose to only clean your gown and not preserve it. The savings will be around $75-100. Most dry cleaners will charge about $175-200 to clean a wedding gown. Our preservation packages start at $265. If you choose to preserve your gown, it will not only be carefully cleaned, it will be packaged in acid-free materials and treated against yellowing. In fact, the preservation company we work with has a guarantee against carmelized sugar stains and yellowing.

5.) How do I being the process of having my gown preserved? Simply bring your dress into our shop at your convenience. No appointment is necessary. We'll take your payment and handle the rest. One of the best things about our preservation company is that they ship the gown directly to you once it's finished! It's super easy

If you have any other questions about having your bridal gown preserved, just call or email us and we'll be happy to help you out!

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