(Closed) Do I have to get dress preserved if I'm keeping it?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
1935 posts
Buzzing bee

So there are 2 things. One is dry cleaning it and yes you’ll definetly want to do that if you’re keeping it. Even if there are no stains on it, there are probably sweat stains that will show over time.

The second is getting it preserved, which means that it’s put in a big bridal box and stuffed with acid free tissue paper etc… These boxes usually have a window so you can see your dress through the box. You can still take it out, but that means you need to re-stuff it with the tissue paper and lay it in the box and tape the box back up.

You can dry clean it and just hang it in a breathable garment bag, however if you want to keep it this may not be a great idea. I have heard that it’s not a good idea o hang a dress for long periods of time.. it gets out of shape especially if the dressis heavy.

Post # 4
3697 posts
Sugar bee

I’m pretty skeptical of the whole gown preservation thing, actually, and don’t plan on doing it myself. I would have your dress thoroughly cleaned, repair the tears, etc., but if you’re not thrilled about the idea of gown preservation, skip it! An area of the budget that’s supremely easy to cut.

Post # 5
5977 posts
Bee Keeper

@KCKnd2:  I was really skeptical about the preservation process too!

My dress is my mom’s dress. She had it in a plastic garment back for 30 years, so it was yellowed at the top. I got it dry cleaned and they did a nice job with trying to get the yellow out, but you could still tell that there was some there. The dress had sleeves though, so with my alterations in making it spaghetti strap, most of the yellow we got rid of. 

My seamstress told me to just get it cleaned again and she made a breathable “garment bag” out of a plain white sheet for me. She said that if anything, the sheet should yellow, but the fabric inside should stay ok. I guess we’ll see in a few years if it’s starting to yellow or not! 

Post # 6
7771 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I haven’t done anything with mine….  it is just hanging in my closet.  I should probably get it cleaned eventually….

Post # 8
660 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Mine is hanging in my closet as well taking up valuable place.  I need to get it cleaned (it’s been a year now) so I can store it at my mom’s. 🙂


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