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The History of Wedding Gown Preservation

Bride N Queen Team | 08 February, 2022

            Wedding Dress Preservation

Once you have walked down the aisle and had your celebration, you have plenty of options for what to do with your wedding gown. You could have it re-purposed into a stunning cocktail dress or custom lingerie. You could sell or donate it. Or you can hang on to it and pass it down to future generations.

Whatever you decide to do with the dress, it has to be preserved with care in the meantime. This is why wedding dress preservation is so important. Regardless of what kind of fabric or style your wedding gown is, it’s most likely delicate and intricately designed, which means it can’t be dry-cleaned like any old garment.

Professional wedding dress preservation and cleaning are key to making sure your precious gown lasts a lifetime. If you simply get the gown dry-cleaned – or not even that – and put it away, you risk:

  • Permanent fabric creasing
  • Mold and mildew formation
  • Brown oxidation spots
  • Yellowing of the fabric

Today, wedding gown preservation companies use a number of advanced technologies and formulas to eliminate even the most stubborn stains out of extremely delicate fabrics and preserve them for decades. For instance, at Bride N Queen, we have developed a 15-step cleaning and preserving formula that guarantees your dress will retain its natural beauty for a lifetime.

But what about the brides from the yesteryears? How did your grandmother and her grandmother keep their wedding dresses intact for years?

Wedding Dress Preservation Throughout History

Documents show that the custom of preserving wedding gowns began in the 1700s with the British royals. Royal weddings were starting to become huge, elaborate affairs, and brides wearing intricately designed gowns wanted to preserve that part of their life to pass it down to their daughters and granddaughters.

The wedding gown donned by Princess Charlotte in 1816 is still preserved in the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection at Kensington Palace. As you can imagine, back then they simply didn’t have the technology to keep the fabrics in their original condition for a long period of time. This historic gown has had to have some pieces added over time to keep it whole.

If you were planning to see the dress on your visit to London, you’ll be disappointed to know that due to its extreme fragility, it is not on public display.

The good news is you can see Queen Victoria’s wedding dress from her wedding in 1840! Very few people know that prior to her marriage, brides used to wear wedding gowns of any color of their choosing. You can say that Queen Victoria’s white wedding gown made from Honiton lace and heavy silk was a major trendsetter in that way. 

As for the wedding dress preservation process used by folks during that time, the exact technique is not known, but a few documents say that sour milk was used to remove corrosion stains from white clothes, while wine and fruit stains were treated with sal ammoniac and chloride of lime!  

Are You Ready to Preserve Your Wedding Gown? Contact Us!

Well, if the royal brides of the past could have the foresight to keep their wedding gowns preserved, why not take a page out of their book? At Bride N Queen, we use plant-based, eco-friendly solutions to get rid of all kinds of stains from wedding gowns, no matter how delicate the fabric or adornments on it. We are so sure of the work we do that we offer a lifetime warranty against yellowing and other damage. Call us today at (317) 209-9951 or contact us online if you have any questions about our packages or preservation process. As always, you can order yourwedding dress preservation package directly online.