Post # 1
What is the advantage of preserving your wedding gown. I was married on 3/3/2012. Is it really necessary to preserve it (such as david’s bridal preservation)? Is it any different than hanging it in a closet within a garment bag?
I am confused as I am thinking of possibly doing a trash the dress photography shoot with my photographer. We were thinking of doing this at the beach, so the dress would get sand and salt water. Would this destroy the dress. The dress is a taffeta material. Can I just have it cleaned after?
Trash the dress shoot, dress preservation, or hang the dress in a garment bag.
Truthfully, I don’t think I can pass this along to my daughter (if I have a daughter). The dress was altered to fit me without wearing heels, and I am 5ft 2in.
Post # 3
@Chrissymari: Dress preservation should include storage which will not damage the dress. Many boxes are acidic and will make your dress turn yellow over time. The same can happen with a dress bag/trash bag. Part of the problem is dresses can absorb dirt and the oils from your skin and those stains may surface at a much later time. The dress is professionally cleaned to remove any visible stains and prevent hidden ones from surfacing. The box or bag they provide will also prevent the dress from sustaining more damage because it is made from materials which will not seep acid or offgas chemicals which can make the dress decay. Preservation will help your dress look like new, or at least better than it would, in 50 or a 100 years.
As far as sand/salt water damaging the dress, it depends on the material. I would talk to someone who is in the gown preservation business and find out if they think they will be able to repair the damage. I think most trash the dress sessions are done with the intention that they will destroy the dress. I would not reccomend doing trash the dress and gown preservation, because the gown preservationist is not a miracle worker.