Wedding Gown Preservation
After your magical day, what do you do with your wedding gown? You paid dearly for it and you’re sure to feel extremely sentimental about it. Your wedding gown also has major heirloom potential. While preservation is done after the wedding, you should have a plan in place beforehand. Wedding gown preservation can be done at anytime, the sooner after the wedding, the better. Quickly preserving your dress means there is less of a chance for staining, or damage due to improper storage.
Come up with a list of reputable wedding gown preservationists and do your research before the wedding. This gives you a change to create your list in a relaxed manner rather than in hurried desperation. Check references from friends; look them up with the Better Business Bureau and find out exactly what they offer, as each company is different.
Wedding gown preservation is a process completed by trained professionals who carefully clean your gown, remove stains, and repair any damage that might have occurred. These specialists know the proper techniques for cleaning bridal fabrics and working with the beading, pearls or jewels that might be on your dress.
After it has been thoroughly cleaned, your gown undergoes a safe chemical treatment to prevent –œaging– of the dress; i.e.: yellowing and deterioration. Your gown is then placed into airtight packaging to further protect it. If you want to get your gloves, headpiece or veil preserved as well, most shops can do this along with your wedding gown. Some shops also include this in the price with your wedding gown, so make sure to find out.
Your beautiful bridal bouquet won’t last forever, unless you get it preserved. If you want to find someone who’ll do a great job of preserving your flowers, you’ll need to be prepared to ask lots of questions of potential candidates. How do they preserve their flowers? They should have a few different methods, as some flowers work better with freeze drying and others work better with sand. Do they guarantee their work?
Don’t forget that you will need to let your florist know that you plan on preserving your flowers so that they are as fresh as possible.
After the wedding day, keep your wedding flowers refrigerated and in water to prevent them from opening any further. If possible, have your flowers picked up from your reception. It saves you time and worry. Remember to check if there is a fee for this service. Try to keep some greenery in your bouquet; it adds a nice finishing touch.
Some flowers preserve better than others. Here is a list for you:
- Roses: Excellent (Ask your florist for roses that will have a sculptured look, medium to large size)
- Alstromaris: Fragile (These become transparent)
- Casablanca Lilly: Excellent
- Calla Lilly: Excellent
- Carnations: Excellent
- Delphinium: Excellent
- Dahlia: Fragile (Shatters easily)
- Freesia: Fragile (Shrinks and becomes transparent)
- Gardenia: Excellent
- Hydrangea: Excellent
- Lilac: Fragile (Shatters easily)
- Lily of the Valley: Good
- Dendrobium/Catelya Orchids: Excellent
- Phallanopsis Orchids: Fragile (Becomes transparent)
- Peonies: Excellent
- Stargazer Lily: Excellent
- Sunflower: Fragile (Shatters easily)
- Tulips: Fragile (Shatters easily)