Sep 12, 2019

Millions of young girls and women spend countless hours imagining their dream wedding. Everything from venues, flowers, colors, and even the potential partner are planned down to the smallest detail. When a bride tries on a wedding gown for the first time, she gets a glimpse of what she may look like on her wedding day. It’s then that a bride’s dream begins to feel like reality. Some brides go through dozens of dresses before they find ‘the one,’ and similar to dating, trial and error may be necessary to find the perfect fit. After all the effort that comes with a wedding, wedding gown preservation can keep all of those memories alive.


Wedding Gowns are Keepsakes
One of the few things you’ll be able to save from your wedding day is the dress. Gown preservation offers a multitude of benefits, such as the opportunity to pass down your gown to future generations and potentially create a family tradition. In a practical sense, wedding gown preservation makes storing your dress that much easier. Wedding dress preservation can be eco-friendly, eliminates the risk of the fabric yellowing or stretching, and prevents future damage from stains or elements.


Not Your Average Dry-Cleaning
It’s important to note that wedding gown preservation is not the same as dry cleaning a garment. To preserve your wedding gown, a specialist is necessary to create a treatment plan that takes into account your dress’s fabric, stitching, details, and any stains on the gown. The specific treatment plan will renew your dress without harming delicate fabric.

Some dry cleaners will offer wedding dress cleaning, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the services are the same as preservation. Before committing to the preservation, do your research on the various methods and the one(s) used by the specific cleaner you plan on using. Many luxury bridal boutiques, like Bridal Atelier Montclair, partner with preservationists to offer this service directly to their brides so be sure to check with your bridal boutique as well. 


Time is of the Essence
Having your wedding dress professionally cleaned is an essential first step to preserving your wedding dress. The sooner you get your dress to a preservationist, the better off your results will be. The longer you wait to have your gown cleaned and preserved, the more likely it is that stains or other imperfections will be harder to remove. Many brides wait weeks to have their dress preserved, leaving plenty of time for stains to set and seep into the fabric. It’s understandable that the last thing a bride wants to do after her wedding is more running around. Months of planning and preparation are over now, and relaxation can finally begin as a married couple. If you’re flying off to a honeymoon destination right after the reception, ask a bridesmaid or family member to bring the dress to the dry cleaners. Once it’s clean you lower the risk of it negatively impacting your preservation.

With all the time and effort it takes to plan a wedding, it seems appropriate that you’d want precious keepsakes to remember the day. While a groom may not keep his tux, a bride will always look at her wedding dress as a milestone in life: the day she felt the most beautiful and celebrated her love with those she cares about the most. Wedding gown preservation will keep your gown in pristine condition for many years to come, so if you plan on giving your dress to family, donating it, or using materials from your gown to create a clutch or veil for future generations, the fabric will still be in fantastic condition.

While your wedding dress won’t be something you take out of storage regularly, it is a piece of your story that deserves preservation. If not for you, then for future generations to enjoy. Finding a quality business that will provide this service should be a high priority. At Bridal Atelier Montclair, we partner with a wedding gown preservationist as another service to our brides. We want to make sure that you have the best quality available when preserving such a precious memory. 

If you have any questions about these services or would like to make an appointment, please reach out to us today.