How To Preserve & Store Your Wedding Gown
What will you do with your gown after your wedding day has passed? Some brides donate their gowns to less fortunate brides. Others have their gowns, veil and other accessories professionally cleaned and preserved. If you want to store your gown yourself, first have it dry cleaned (as soon after your event as possible) and then choose archival storage options for best results.
The term “achival quality” designates materials or products that are permanent, durable and/or chemically stable and therefore can be safely used for preservation purposes. The objective of Archival Garment Storage is to protect textiles from their two main enemies: the ultraviolet rays found in sunlight and acid from sources such as skin, wood and wood-based products (paper).
Garment Archival Storage boxes are constructed from acid-free materials crafted into solid, secure boxes that resist dust, dirt and light infiltration. Our Garment Archival Boxes also include Acid-Free Tissue.
Stuff the gown with Acid-Free Tissue to help retain the shape and prevent fiber breakage — be certain to stuff tissue in the arms of the garment as well. Completely wrap the entire surface area in Acid-Free Tissue as well so that no part is exposed. Remove cardboard inserts, bodices, and supports that can create strain on the fabric (and which contain acid that can yellow the fabric.) Be certain to get rid of any non-archival tissue paper.
For wedding gowns in particular, storing the veil in the box with the dress is acceptable, but the two must not touch each other. Plastic, wire and trim on the headpiece or veil could damage the gown. It’s best to store shoes and crinolines separately from the dress and veil to prevent damage.
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