Gown Preservation

When the wedding is over, our WNY gown preservation specialists can help you keep your wedding gown in tip-top shape for years and years to come.

Richel Formal Wear
1291 Hertel Ave., Buffalo, NY
716-877-6065

Victoria’s Bridal Shoppe
5525 Sheridan Dv., Williamsville NY (Georgetown Square Courtyard)
716-632-7462

What are you planning to do with your wedding gown after the big wedding day is over? Wedding gown preservation is one of the choices that many brides elect to keep their gown enchantingly beautiful for many years to come. Are you considering wedding gown preservation? If so, here are some things that we think you should know about the wedding gown preservation process and some Do’s and Do Not’s that will help you along the way.

What Is Wedding Gown Preservation?

A wedding gown will forever symbolize that amazing day when you said your vows. How many hours did you spend getting your wedding gown fitted so that it would be perfect when you stood at the alter? How much did you spend on this gown that you will only wear once in your lifetime? How much sentimental value does your wedding gown hold? Wedding gown preservation allows you to keep your wedding gown as bright and beautiful as it was on the day of your wedding for many, many years to come.

To give you some insight into wedding gown preservation, there are two parts that you can expect. The first part is the wedding gown cleaning and the second is the wedding gown storage. You will want to get your wedding gown to the gown preservation specialist as soon as possible to ensure proper cleaning and storage for the best preservation of your wedding gown. Regardless of how careful you are during the wedding ceremony and reception, your gown will still need cleaning.

Wedding Gown Cleaning

Even if you do not spill anything on your gown, there will still be different things that have come into contact with your gown while you were wearing it. If you wore perfume, there will be hints of perfume oils that have come into contact with your wedding gown. Your body oils have soiled your wedding gown, whether you can see stains or not. Any hairspray, lotion, and even white frosting that does not show on your gown will leave oils stain that may be invisible, but will eventually show their face over time.

Unfortunately, the longer you let these oils and any other potential spots set into your wedding gown, the harder they will be to get out of the material and the worse the stain will become. Depending on the substances of the stains that are on your wedding gown, some can break down the fabric and others can oxidize as time goes on, creating yellow or brown stains that will forever live on your once fabulous and perfect wedding gown. Once the first step (the cleaning) of the wedding gown preservation is completed, a gown preservation specialist will know to store your gown in an environment that is acid neutral.

Choosing the Right Wedding Gown Preservation Company

Because there are so many different types of stains that can happen to a wedding gown and various fabrics to handle, it is important for you to select a company that specializes in wedding gown preservation. Companies who have been handling wedding gown preservation are going to know exactly how to clean the gown for specific types of stains that are visible and they will also know how to treat and clean the gown for stains that you are unaware of.

Check into the reputation of the company who will be doing your wedding gown preservation. Choose a company that has been in business for decades and who is well-known for wedding gown preservation. Be wary of dry cleaners that ship wedding gowns to outside companies for wedding gown preservation. You will want to deal directly with the people who will be managing your wedding gown preservation, and not a company that will ship your gown elsewhere. So, be sure to ask whether the company will be doing the gown preservation in house or sending it to another facility.

Cost of Wedding Gown Preservation

You want to deal with a company that guarantees their work and allows you to inspect your wedding gown after it has gone through the preservation process. Ask what the cost will be and what is included in the cost. Some gown preservation specialists will provide you with an initial cost, but will tack in extra or hidden fees. You want to be sure that you understand what the full cost will be before the gown preservation is performed. Consider sending your accessories in for preservation, as well.

Just by knowing what to expect, you can ensure that your gown preservation will be performed correctly and your gown will be forever beautiful for a long time to come!

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