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will probably spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on your wedding gown.
You will spend hours selecting the right one and even more money to get it tailored
to fit you perfectly. When the wedding is over, you may hand your wedding dress
off to a friend or family member and head off on your honeymoon. But before your
dress is ruined in a dank basement or moth-infested closet, take precautions to
preserve your wedding dress so it looks as perfect 20 years from now as it did
the day you were married.
weeks before your wedding, talk to one of your closest friends or relatives who
is trustworthy and responsible. Make arrangements for them to have your dress
cleaned and preserved the day after the wedding. Although you may not think your
gown got dirty at your wedding reception, you may be surprised. It is very likely
that in the rush of the celebration with all of the food and drink, hugging and
dancing, your dress became soiled by champagne, frosting, salad dressing, wine
or soda pop. But even if you were extremely careful, even the smallest amount
of perspiration or body oil will show up later.
may think it is too expensive or unnecessary to have your gown professionally
cleaned and preserved, but the end result is well worth the cost. If you try to
remove any stains on your own, you run the risk of ruining or permanently discoloring
your gown. Professional dry cleaners have special solutions and chemicals to clean
your dress without the risk of future damage.
your gown is thoroughly cleaned, the dry cleaner will preserve it by placing it
in an airtight box. These boxes are made specifically for preserving dresses for
a long period of time. In 10 or 20 years when you want to show your dress to your
daughter or your niece, the dress will look just as nice as it did the day you
picked it out at the bridal salon. It may seem hard to believe right now, but
your daughter may want to wear your gown for her wedding someday.