Should I Clean or Preserve My Wedding Dress?

Brides often ask us, “should I clean or preserve my wedding dress?” The answer depends on what you plan on doing with your gown.

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If you plan to sell your wedding dress, the best option is cleaning alone. If you’d like to keep the dress for a future daughter, preservation is your answer. Undecided? Then you’ll want preservation too.

The Association of Wedding Gown Specialists always recommends that you clean your dress as soon as possible after your wedding.  (Even if there are no visible stains).  The sooner you have your dress cleaned, the sooner all stains can be removed.  This includes visible stains but also invisible ones (like sweat or champagne) which will only become visible over time.  Immediate cleaning removes these stains before they have time to damage the delicate fibers of your gown.  And it also increases the resale value of your dress by approximately 10-20%.

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When you preserve a gown, not only is it carefully cleaned, but an Association member will then store it according to museum quality standards.  This includes layering it with acid-free tissue and folding into an acid-free storage chest to protect the gown from light and air exposure. protecting  protect your gown for many years to come. This extra step is important if you know you want to save your gown, but it’s an unnecessary expense if the gown will be worn again by another bride within a few years.

Whether you want to just clean or clean and preserve your dress, we always recommend the experts at the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists. Their certified specialists will take every precaution to protect delicate beads, trims, and lace throughout your cleaning. And their thoroughness and attention to detail guarantee your beloved gown will get the care it deserves.

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From now until December 31, 2017, The Association of Wedding Gown Specialists is offering users $35 off wedding gown cleanings and preservations.  Get your coupon here.  Why trust anyone else with your special gown?