Caring for Your Wedding Gown

A wedding gown is so much more than just a dress, it is a treasure, a symbol of one of the most important events in your life. Whether you’re borrowing it from a relative or buying it new, your gown deserves the very best care, both before and after the wedding.

Choosing a Wedding Gown

Brides shopping for a wedding gown should begin making appointments at bridal salons at least six months before the big day. This provides ample time to find the style, fabric, and accessories best suited for you. It also allows time for the manufacturing and shipping of a special-order wedding gown.

Brides choosing to wear an heirloom gown should allow plenty of time for professional cleaning as well as any necessary alterations. We would recommend trying to allow at least 4-6 months. Many fabrics can yellow with age so carefully check the gown carefully for discoloration. Often, yellowing can be corrected if the gown can be carefully wet-cleaned by a gown cleaning specialist, like those at Omaha Lace Cleaners. Our gown specialists have been carefully trained in all fabric types. We are Nebraska’s only member of The Association of Wedding Gown Specialists.



After the Wedding

Now is the time to have your beautiful wedding gown cleaned and preserved. We recommend having your gown cleaned as soon after the wedding as possible.

 The gown may have invisible stains from food, beverages, and body oils. If these stains are not properly cleaned, they may become permanent. It is important to point out any stains or spills before cleaning. Because most wedding gowns include decorative trim, it is important to inspect these trims with the gown specialist prior to cleaning. Many beads, buttons, and crystals may not be able to withstand the cleaning process. Often these trim pieces simply need to be removed and cleaned separately, then reattached.

Storing Your Gown

Unfortunately, no process or storage method can absolutely guarantee against yellowing or possible deterioration of fabrics. But there are, several steps you can take to protect your garment:

Once properly cleaned and treated, let us pack the gown in a special acid-free storage box that will help prevent contamination.

Store your garment in a cool, dry place. Do not store it in a basement or attic. Basement dampness can cause mildew while attic heat promotes yellowing.

If you are storing a long wedding gown on a hanger, sew straps to the waistline of the dress to relieve pressure on the shoulders from the weight of the dress. Wrap the dress in a protective white sheet or muslin covering.

 Never put in a plastic garment bag.

Whether the gown is hung or boxed, the bodice should be stuffed with white tissue paper to prevent wrinkles. It is a myth that blue tissue paper helps to preserve a wedding gown. It can add up to disaster if the gown ever gets wet. The blue dye can transfer onto the gown, making restoration very difficult, if not outright impossible. Use pure white tissue paper only.

Never store headpieces, veils, shoes, bridal bouquet, or other accessories with your gown, unless they are properly packed by a gown specialist.

Inspect your gown from time to time during storage (your anniversary date is a good time to remember). If you did not have your gown cleaned before storage, stains not initially apparent could appear later and should be tended to immediately.

Preserving the quality of your wedding gown may be one of the finest gifts you can give yourself and a loved one.

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