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How to Preserve Your Wedding Gown

How to Preserve Your Wedding Gown

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9 Sep

How to Preserve Your Wedding Gown

With wedding preparations in full bloom, you’ve probably seen that one perfect gown in your dreams. It’s overwhelming, exciting, and nerve-wracking—we get it.

At this stage, post-wedding errands aren’t even at the back of your mind, especially since there’s so much to do.

But it’s important to think about what you’ll be left with once the wedding is over—pictures, your wedding ring, some memories, and of course, your wedding dress.

Now think about which one is the most fragile?

Your wedding dress is obviously first on the list. But you bought it with so much love, and it means so much to you; so you’ll naturally want to preserve it for your children to see, right?

So without further ado, here are some tips that will help you preserve your wedding gown for generations to see:

Wedding Gown Preservation And Dry Cleaning Are Not The Same!

While you’re looking for a dry cleaner, make sure they specialize in wedding dress preservation.

A professional wedding dress preserver will begin the process by designing a treatment plan that’s tailored to the kind of stains that are present on your dress. To clean and preserve the dress, it’s essential that dry cleaners only use virgin solvents instead of recycled ones. These recycled solvents contain impurities that deposit on your wedding gown and leave it with a strange odor.

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Time is Against You!

Remember that there are more invisible stains than visible stains on your wedding gown. Wine and sugary drinks tend to dry out over time. While they may not leave a visible stain right away, it will start to caramelize within a day, soon turning into a dark brown stain.

Some brides take more than six weeks to send their wedding gown for preservation. By the time these gowns are in the process of being cleaned, the stains have already set in, making it almost impossible to remove them.

Even if you partied till dawn or are leaving for your honeymoon right after the wedding, have someone send your wedding gown to the dry cleaners as soon as possible. Don’t wait for even a day if you want to preserve your gown in its best condition!

The Preservation Box Needs to be Airtight

After having been cleaned and preserved successfully, the wedding gown is placed in an airtight, oxygen-less box. If any air is left inside the box, it will bolster up the oxidation process, which will discolor your wedding gown over time.

Hence, you need to make sure that nobody opens that box until absolutely necessary.

But you want to revisit it again and again, right? We get it. Just make sure that it is preserved and sealed back up every time.

Here at Imperial Valet Services, we ensure that the most loved dress of your life is preserved in its pristine condition. We offer wedding gown alteration and preservation services in Washington DC! Get in touch with us today to know more details!

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