Post # 1
Now that the wedding is over I’ve been asked a bunch what I’m going to do with my dress. I could resell it, but I really want to hold on to it forever. I don’t understand what people mean when they ask me if I’m preserving the dress though. Am I supposed to take it somewhere to do this? If so, is it really expensive? What do they do to ‘preserve’ it? I mean I just got some flowers preserved from the wedding and it wasn’t cheap!
Post # 3
If you preserve your dress you normally take it somewhere to get it cleaned and they box it up for you in a certain way that it “preserves” it so it doesnt yellow with age (probably some chemcials Id assume). This also means you cant open the box again otherwise it wont stay preserved.
Post # 4
Getting your dress properly boxed by a drycleaner will protect it from sunlight, dust, insects and other things that may damage your dress. They use acid-free paper and cardboard and avoid things with dyes or plastics which can cause your dress to discolour.
Some like naangel55 describes will not be able to be opened – they pump out the oxygen and replace it with a neutral gas. This would preserve the dress for longer, but it’s more expensive and it also means you won’t be able to see your dress again unless you want to ruin this process.
I went for a less extreme option – mine is boxed but I’m able to take it out and look at it as there’s no fancy gas in there. In fact they actually encouraged me to get it out and check it once a year (a great anniversary tradition) so I can check if it needs further cleaning.
Start with a good drycleaner who has a good reputation for wedding dresses, and ask what their options are.
Post # 5
Oohhh interesting! How much does all this cost? I still have my dress just hanging on my closet door… I’m not sure what to do with it!