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It's the day you've been waiting for and dreaming of – your wedding day! You've spent months planning every detail and now it's all coming together. After you walk down the aisle and celebrate with family and friends, you're aglow with happiness, but then you see it – the stains on your wedding dress.
Don't worry – we're here to help! At Bride N Queen, our wedding dress cleaning and preservation experts will not only clean your gown with impeccable care but also preserve it for you. Your wedding gown is a big part of your wedding day and you should take great pride in keeping it in ready-to-celebrate condition so it can be used again by a loved one someday.
Wedding gown preservation first began in earnest in the 1700s with royal weddings. At that time, the wedding gown was a brand-new article of clothing. It had to be cleaned and reconditioned before being presented as a gift to the new couple's first child.
Wedding gown preservation became more common in the 1800s, with off-the-rack dresses becoming available for purchase by anyone who could afford one. A bride could preserve it as a memory of the big day.
If you do not preserve your wedding dress, you are taking a significant risk. The following can happen:
The job of the wedding gown preservation expert is to care for delicate fabrics, such as those that are usually used for wedding dresses. Many brides spend hundreds – even thousands – on their wedding dresses so they want to preserve it in excellent condition for years to come.
The wedding gown specialists at Bride N Queen are wedding dress cleaners and preservation experts. We use modern technology to clean intricately designed gowns and offer complete bridal services in order to properly care for your dress.
There are several differences between using classic cleaners and wedding gown preservation specialists.
Your wedding day is unique. It requires planning, patience, and compromise – but it's all worth it when you walk down the aisle! Wedding dress preservation ensures that your gown will still be in great shape for your first anniversary or that your daughter will be able to wear your gown for her big day.
Preservation methods range from ancient to modern ones. Early methods used for wedding dress preservation included:
Modern options include:
Our modern preservation process entails:
A dry cleaner offers various cleaning services, but there are a few disadvantages of using dry cleaning services:
Many natural agents are strong enough to remove heavy stains, but gentle enough not to damage the fabric. Commonly used natural cleaning agents include:
Artificial cleaning agents are usually strong enough to remove ordinary soil, but can also cause damage, especially if they contain bleaching agents, perfumes, or alcohol.
The following artificial agents are NOT recommended:
Wedding gown restoration is the art of restoring a wedding gown to appear as it once had, either in part or whole. Wedding gowns may require restoration after extensive wear and tear, damage due to stains or burns, or even past repairs that no longer support the garment's structure.
A wedding dress is often worn only once for an entire day. Some dresses still appear heavily worn and show many signs of wear. Stains, burns, rips, and tears can all be removed with restoration work if caught early enough. Many brides choose to have their dress restored soon after their wedding for this reason.
A bodice with boning or one that has been stiffened may need to be "unstiffened" before restoration can begin. Removing the boning and inserting a wire into the seams helps to support them while they are being worked. Replacing torn or burned seams requires thread matching the dress.
Replacing torn or burned seams requires fine invisible thread. If a seam has been ripped all of the ways through, it may need special hand stitches.
Applying oil can remove older stains if followed by washing the garment in water and then drying it. If an older stain has become ingrained in the fabric, there may not be any way to remove it without damaging the dress's fabric. Many stains become less noticeable and may be easier to remove with time.
A steam cleaner can be used to remove fresh stains if caught early enough.
Rips and tears
Stains and tears can be sewn up using first silk thread and then invisible thread. It is vital to reinforce the seams that have been torn or ripped by inserting a wire into them.
You can remove burns with time; some burn marks will completely disappear. If this does not happen, they can usually be covered by embroidery.
Wedding attire for both the bride and groom have sentimental value. These garments are essential to married couples as they are emotionally attached to them. Wedding dress preservation for other garments allows these clothing items to be kept around without fear of being damaged over time. Wedding dress preservation for other garments keeps these clothing items safe from damage.
While the wedding dress is typically preserved using a particular fabric cleaner that does not cause it to be yellow or become damaged, other items are usually stored in boxes to protect them from damage as well. Besides storage, there are also different ways that couples can preserve their wedding dress and other garments.
It is not uncommon for brides to need or want to use their wedding dress for another garment, maybe because they want the dress's material for some other project.
First, some planning will go a long way in making the conversion successful and enjoyable.
It is helpful to know what garment you want to create your wedding dress into, whether a cocktail dress or a beautiful handbag. If you are converting into something else yourself, it is essential to determine which wedding dress design you want to use for the garment and what size you will need to make.
If you plan to send your dress off for a conversion, it is wise to find a company that offers custom patterns to have the latest trends.
Secondly, be sure to use a sturdy thread when you begin sewing. If the stitches aren't strong enough, they could give or rip, leading to disaster.
It is also wise to use stronger seams for the new garment; one can do this by surging all of your seams instead of simply securing each seam with an overlocking stitch. Another way to increase the strength of a seam is by adding a double row of stitching. One may do this double row using a zigzag pattern or simply by changing your sewing machine to sew two parallel rows.
Once you have chosen the best thread and seam for your garment, it is time to lace up that bodice. You can use lacing tape for this purpose instead of lace, but make sure it is tied if you do use lace. Make sure to use good solid boning in the bodice of your new dress, not plastic or flimsy metal pieces.
Please do not underestimate the power of a good iron press on this new garment; be sure to protect it from heat and steam, as pressing may damage some types of fabrics. If you are trying to create a garment out of lace, tissue paper will prevent you from melting it.
Also, when pressing seam allowances, remember that they should press them toward the darker fabric if you are using one lighter than the other in your project. If both pieces are light or medium-toned fabrics, press them in the same direction.
After your special day, you need to get a specialist to work on your wedding gown before preserving it. Wedding gown specialists are not too hard to find, but you need to be careful to get the best and not to be disappointed.
Bride N Queen offers several wedding dress and preservation packages such as
These packages offer bridal services such as:
The Queen and the Luxury packages offer cleaning and preservation services with three and five accessories, respectively.
Wedding gown cleaning and preservation is a specialized service that requires unique knowledge and equipment. The team at Bride N Queen has the expertise offering bridal services such as cleaning and preserving your wedding gown so you can enjoy it for years to come. Contact us today at (317) 209-9951 to learn more about our services or schedule an appointment!
You can also reach us at our email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. We look forward to hearing from you!