Have you considered what you are going to do with your dream gown once the celebrations are over? With proper care and attention, your dream dress can remain a prized possession for many generations.
Before your wedding, locate a dry cleaner who specialises in bridal wear. Many fabrics, especially silks, require careful treatment to ensure they are not damaged. Dress ornaments also require specialist attention. Dry cleaning solvents can damage beads, or cause them to dissolve completely, so an expert is essential.
It is important that you have your gown dry cleaned as soon as possible after the wedding. The longer stains are allowed to remain on the fabric, the more difficult they’ll be to remove. If you’ve noticed any food, drink, grease, grass, soil or confetti stains, you should point these out to your dry cleaner. Once your gown has been cleaned, it is ready to be stored. Speak to your specialist dry cleaner to decide on the best storage method for your style of gown. A cool, dry place in which air can circulate around the storage box is the ideal environment for your gown to age slowly and safely. Ensure your dry cleaner uses only acid-free boxes and tissue paper.
If your gown box is delivered unsealed, you can open the box to look at your gown, and if you can’t resist the temptation to take it out, wear white cotton gloves to prevent oil from your fingers coming into contact with the fabric. Make allowances for the care of your gown in your wedding budget. It’s a vital service when you consider the original cost of your dress, not to mention its immeasurable value as a cherished family heirloom.
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