I bought my wedding dress! Preservation question

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
210 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@butterflylove12:  I dont know about preservation, but if it were me, Id definately be getting it dry cleaned! Then storing it in a dress bag, in a dry place out of direct sun light and somewhere it wont get knocked or touched.

Post # 3
1662 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Waldorf Astoria, Chicago

butterflylove12:  I also got both of my dresses (ceremony/reception) from a preowned wedding website.  My ceremony dress was not dry cleaned properly so I took it to a specialist and had it re-cleaned and preserved…there are a ton of swarovski crystals on the bodice and the dress was exposed to water (UGH!!!) so the silver claps holding the crystals were tarnishing…i’ll have to replace some of those, but the cost of the dress plus alterations, cleaning/preserving is still well under retail!

My second dress I bought in person and is in much better condition, I went to The Container Store and bought an acid free preservation box and acid free tissue paper ($50) and preserved the dress myself.

I would suggest you preserve the dress yourself…$50 instead of $400!! I guess it also depends on your timeline…I bought both of my dresses a year before the wedding…If you are only a few months out you will be fine!

Post # 4
409 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

butterflylove12:  I’m not sure if you need to preserve it BEFORE your wedding, esp if the dress comes “brand new” as described on the website. You should just take it to your alteration place and if there are any blemishes, your alternation person will advise on how to spot clean. You should get it cleaned and preserved AFTER your wedding day, if you’re looking to keep it in good condition. 

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