Aside from photos, a bride’s wedding gown is probably the most memorable remembrance of a married couple’s big day. Wedding gowns hold so many happy memories and are very personal. They also aren’t that cheap to purchase.
With this being said, it is no surprise that many women choose to avail of wedding dress preservation services so that they could keep the dress and hopefully pass it down to the women in the family for the years to come.
Many companies specialize in preserving wedding dress. We’ve listed down a few things that you need to know about the wedding gown preservation kit and the different kinds of storage boxes for your preserved wedding dress.
What is a wedding gown preservation kit?
A Wedding Gown Preservation Kit ensures the safety of your wedding dress as it gets shipped to the facility and back to your doorsteps. You’ll receive two kinds of kits.
The first kit is the one that the company sends to you so that you could safely ship your gown to their facility. The first kit includes a crush-proof box, a preservation bag, a packaging tape to securely seal the box, some stain stickers that you can use to point out stains in your dress, instructions to help guide you on the proper storage of the gown, and some paperwork containing the shipping label and some extra copies of your records.
After you ship your wedding dress to the facility, all you’ll have to do is sit back and wait as they clean and preserve your cherished wedding dress.
After your dress is cleaned and preserved, the company will send you the second kit ensuring that the quality of your dress will last for many years while it’s being stored away. This kit includes the preservation chest containing
- your preserved wedding gown and a few selected bridal items that you sent with it,
- a preservation bust to keep the shape of your gown,
- a high-density preservation box with a handle,
- a pair of white gloves that you can use to examine the final results of the preservation of wedding dress, and
- a certificate indicating the 100-year guarantee of the company’s service.
Can I clean my dress on my own instead of sending it to a wedding gown preservation company?
We highly recommend against this. If you want to preserve a wedding gown, it is very important to have it thoroughly cleaned before storing it away. Simple dry cleaning won’t be enough. There may be some stubborn stains that could still be hiding, undetected in plain sight. These stains can set in your dress over time, making them harder to remove in the later years.
Moreover, if you try to remove stains on your own using home remedies, it may cause more damage than benefit. Some of these home remedies can set the stain on your wedding dress faster. Some wedding dress fabrics could be sensitive to some chemicals.
Hire cleaning and wedding dress preservation experts to clean your dress instead. They can determine the safest way to remove any stain on your dress without causing any further damage.
What kind of box would guarantee the quality of my dress for many years?
To ensure that your wedding dress won’t be subject to discoloration or damage, in the long run, you need to make sure to seal it inside acid-free boxes. Avoid storing your wedding dress in zip-up plastic bags because regular plastic holds moisture inside it. This could be a potential reason for the discoloration of your dress.
You can opt for acid-free plastic, the same kind of plastic that companies use for wedding preservation boxes. Companies that preserve wedding dresses usually sell the wedding preservation box together with the service. However, you can always buy a new one if you want to. Just make sure to check the material of the box before purchasing it.