Get the wedding dress professionally cleaned.
First of all, do not wait too long to get your wedding dress cleaned. Oils from your body and anything else that may have gotten on it could permanently stain the material if not taken care of quickly. Bridal gowns are very delicate, and attempting to clean one yourself could damage the dress beyond repair. Your best bet is to take it to a dry cleaner. Find a professional that has experience with handling these types of dresses and knows exactly how to clean them to keep then looking like new.
Once you get it back home from the cleaners, do not keep it in the plastic bag, and don't leave it on the hanger. Plastic fumes can lead to yellowed material over time, and it will keep much better folded in a wedding chest rather than hanging up.
Have it preserved.
If you really want to make sure that nothing will happen to ruin your bridal gown after the wedding, you can have it professionally preserved. Once the dress is cleaned, they will package it in an acid-free, archival box that keeps it from staining or deteriorating. You will want it to look just like it did on your wedding day if your daughter also wears it down the aisle someday.
Turn it into a keepsake.
A creative seamstress can create all kinds of wonderful things out of your wedding dress. You can also find lots of interesting ideas if you search online through sites like Pinterest. Some really great ideas include:
- A christening gown or bassinet cover for your future child.
- A quilt.
- A Christmas tree skirt.
- Throw pillows for your home.
- A covered photo album.
Wear it again.
If you are able to retain your wedding day shape, re-wearing your wedding gown on a special anniversary down the road can be a fun way to re-live that special memory. If you love the dress so much that you don't want to wait that long, let a seamstress turn it into a stunning cocktail dress or evening gown to be worn right away. It can be left in the original color or dyed your favorite shade.
If you would like to pass along the love that is attached to your beautiful wedding dress to someone else, you can donate it. There are many charities that collect bridal gowns for women that are not able, for one reason or another, to afford one of their own. Some charities also re-sell the dresses to raise funds for their particular cause. In next week's blog, we will feature a few of these wonderful organizations that accept donations.
Your favorite bridal salon in Pompano Beach can help you find your dream dress before the wedding, and hopefully this blog has given you a bit of inspiration for what to do with it after. This subject really is worth putting some thought into. Whether you keep it in the family in some way or pass it on, doing something with your wedding gown will help it to live on beyond photographs.
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