Today, we’re delighted to introduce a guest blog spot from local company Confetti Wedding Dress Cleaning talking about the importance and processes involved in cleaning and preserving your wedding dress. After all, this is a gown that you have chosen with a great deal of love and care, and which will always hold so many precious memories of your special day.
Many couples choose Harefield Barn because of its beautiful rural location and the simply stunning photo opportunities that brings, but unsurprisingly this might mean walking where it is damp and not entirely clean! However, in our mind - your wedding day is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be enjoyed to the full, even if that takes a bit of a toll on your gown. In other words - a rather grubby looking dress at the end of the night is a pretty good indication of what a great time you've had!
However, it is great to know there is a fabulous local firm who can make sure the day is remembered in photos and your memory instead of in the state of your dress! We’re delighted to see that their work endorsed by some of our favourite local designers and makers, so if they entrust their stunning dresses to Confetti Wedding Dress Cleaning - then we’re sure you are in safe hands.
A Guide to Cleaning and Preserving Your Wedding Dress
We understand that you want to relax and enjoy married life once your big day is over, but there are still some important things to keep in mind for your to-do list after the wedding. One of these is making sure to get your wedding dress cleaned and preserved so that you can treasure it as a wonderful memory for years to come!
Do you need specialist cleaning for your wedding dress?
Yes - it is important to get your wedding dress cleaned by a professional so that there is no chance of damaging your dress.
This is one of the most meaningful items you will likely own in your lifetime and you don’t want to ruin it with a DIY or low-quality cleaning job!
There’s a chance you may have spilt a drink on your dress at some point during the festivities, for example, and a professional will be able to remove this stain completely without damaging the fabric.
What is the wedding dress cleaning process?
Wedding dress cleaning is a more specialist area than everyday dry cleaning and there is a specific process that comes with it. However, it’s also important to remember that each dress is different in terms of the fabric, length, amount of material and any embellishments, so the approach to each dress will be unique.
A professional will apply a very gentle cleaning treatment to your dress which is safe for even the most delicate material but still highly effective at removing any marks or stains.
In order to ensure that your dress gets a bespoke cleaning treatment, you will want to make sure that you have provided all the details of your dress, including the size, material and any embellishments.
How can you preserve your wedding dress?
Many brides will want to cherish their wedding dress as a keepsake for many years and perhaps even pass it down onto another family member in the future. Therefore, it is important that as well as being cleaned, the dress is properly preserved.
A typical preservation service will ensure that once clean, any necessary repairs are carefully and painstakingly carried out by a seamstress, and then the dress is delicately pressed and steamed to ensure it is in pristine condition before being stored away.
The best option for storage, and one that most professional cleaning and preservation services will provide, is a special acid-free box. The dress will be wrapped in layers of acid-free tissue paper and then packaged in the box. It is important to have acid free storage as it allows the dress to breathe and adjust to any changing temperatures.
Where should you store your wedding dress?
Once your dress has been expertly cleaned and packed away, you may be wondering about the best location for storing it. In order to keep it in tip-top condition for many years to come, it is best to choose a place that is safe and secure, away from any potential spills or accidents. You should also choose a place in your home that doesn’t experience any extremes in temperature or high humidity as this could damage your dress.
We hope this guide to cleaning and preserving your wedding dress has been useful. This is definitely one to trust the professionals with, as you don’t want to leave it up to chance!
About the author: Confetti Wedding Dress Cleaning are specialists devoted to the cleaning and preservation of wedding dresses. They love all things relating to weddings and are committed to helping you restore and save the treasured memories from your special day.