What Do I Do With My Gown After The Wedding?

What Do I Do With My Gown After The Wedding?

You’ve found the person you’re going to spend the rest of your life with. You’ve found the dress. You’ve tied the knot on a dream come true. 


Most brides have no idea what to expect after all of the excitement of their wedding has passed. They’re reminded of how much fun they had on the dance floor when they look down at their train. Traces of the cake smash are found on the bodice. Hints of champagne sprinkles from the evenings’ toasts fill the air. All the memories and emotions in those moments whirl around her as if she was still standing right there.


Now what?


Well girl, you have options. You can:


1: Put it in the back of your closet and forget about it

2: Have it cleaned by a dry cleaner and store it in the garment bag it was sent home in


3: Invest in Gown Preservation


After already investing a large amount of money into your wedding dress, the alterations, and the event as a whole, it doesn’t make much sense to shove all that money to the back of your closet to deteriorate over time. Think about it like this - you wouldn’t purchase a brand new car, take it out for a spin around town, and then park it on the side of the road to never be touched again, would you? 


Does anyone else have that memory of Grandma’s yellow dress hanging in the back of the closet? Even the slightest idea of using her gown or her veil to be part of the happiest day of your life is difficult because of the discoloration. 


So, what is Gown Preservation and why is it worth an additional investment? Gown Preservation is a service in which you mail your gown to the specialists who have been cleaning and preserving gowns since 1913. During this process your gown will be cleaned with special attention to stains, it will be repaired if any lace or beading had become loose during the event, and they will use a special solution to preserve the beading and fabrics from discoloration for over 100 years. 


95% of stains can be removed through their cleaning process including tar, blood, sweat and your tears of joy, grass, mud, grease, food, cake icing, and wine. 


The gown is then put in a protective casing, typically with a clear window so you can still admire its beauty. Not only that, but your veil, headpiece, gloves, and garter can all be preserved with the dress! 


This process can take anywhere from 8-14 weeks and they will ship it directly back to your home. Keep in mind that someone has to be present to accept the package since it’s a valuable item. 


You will provide your email address so that you can be notified when the gown is received by the preservation company and when it is being shipped back to you. 


Then, beautiful girl, you not only continue the start of your life with your spouse, but you have one of your most precious investments saved in a time capsule for you to enjoy in the years to come.