Your wedding gown’s future is in your hands.
Cleaning and Preserving Your Gown
- Ask your friends which gown preservation specialist they used, and if they were happy with the service.
- Ask your wedding coordinator as well, since she’ll know the best (and not-so-great) companies in town, and may be able to get you a discount.
- Once you’ve chosen your company, bring your gown in to go over any spots and stains that need special attention. (Insider tip: Decide if you’ll have your veil and headpiece preserved as well, since your future daughter may want to wear just your veil and not your gown.)
- Be sure to keep your receipt in a safe place.
- When your gown is returned to you after it’s been preserved and packed, make space for it in a bedroom closet—never in an attic or basement where heat, cold, humidity or water can get at it. Sliding it all the way to the side of your closet and standing it on end is the most effective use of space.
Photo Credit: K.T. Merry
Donating Your Gown
Gown donation companies often sell gowns to raise money for charities, such as Brides Against Breast Cancer. When you donate your gown, mail it in with tracking information and insurance coverage to protect against loss, and keep your receipt so that you can submit it with your tax return for a write-off.
Re-Designing Your Gown
Go ahead and wear it differently! If you wish to have a skilled seamstress re-design your gown by cutting it down to cocktail length, dyeing it black or another color, removing sleeves, etc., ask your wedding coordinator for suggestions. Collect images of dresses you like so that you can create a new style with your seamstress.