Our trained technicians have over 35 years experience treating, cleaning and preserving wedding gowns. Each Gown is meticulously examined, stains treated and professionally cleaned. We take every precaution to protect delicate beads, embroidery, and lace during the cleaning process. Once cleaned, the gown is pressed and then prepared for preservation packaging. Alas, your gown is wrapped in acid-free tissue paper, placed in museum-quality archival box and delivered back to you. Turn-around time is normally two to three weeks but can vary.
Once received, we encourage you to store your dress in a cool, dark and dry environment with a relative humidity between 20 - 50 percent. Although your gown may be bulky and take up a significant amount of space, it is essential to store it in a safe spot. This means avoiding any places in your home or apartment that experience extreme changes in temperature or humidity. Both of these factors can cause major damage to your gown, including the buildup of mildew. Under your bed or in closet are some good options for safe storage. Do not store your wedding gown in the attic, loft or a humid basement. Dampness, a leakage, small insects, rodents, or changes in humidity could damage the dress when stored in these places even though the gown is in a sealed box.
Pricing is dependent on the detail, material, length of train and packaging type. Call us or send a picture of your gown for a detailed estimate. Pricing starts at $250 for Cleaning and $325 for Cleaning & Preservation.
Cleaning and Preservation: $350
Cleaning and Preservation: $375
Cleaning and Preservation: $400+
It's never too late to have your dress cleaned. Even after 6 months or a few years we are still able to remove most stains and end any further deterioration or yellowing that may have occurred.
Your preserved gown is guaranteed not to yellow, discolor or develop oxidized stains.
What can happen to your gown if not properly cleaned and preserved:
Stains – Stains left on a gown will become harder to remove over time and can destroy the material. Invisible stains such as perspiration, white wine and cooking oil are the biggest culprits. If left untreated, the areas of your dress that looked perfectly white before putting your gown away will begin to break down and cause those untreated areas to yellow. Invisible stains such as Food stains also attract bugs, insects and rodents.
Fabric hang – With the immense weight of many wedding gowns, storing your gown on a hanger for a prolonged period of time will eventually stretch and damage the shoulder material of your gown. With Preservation, your gown will be placed on a bust to maintain the proper shape.
Storage - Avoid storing your worn wedding gown for a long period of time in plastic bags, vacuum-sealed bags or plastic wrapped containers as plastic emits fumes that can yellow your bridal gown and trap moisture that mildews your wedding gown.
Advantages of Preservation:
Space Saver– Save space in your closet with Preservation. Your preserved gown should fit perfectly under your bed or tucked away at the bottom of a closet.
Repairs – We will perform any needed repairs on your gown.
Save your gown for later use - If you decide to reuse the fabric to create another item of clothing such as a cocktail dress or dress for your little one you can be sure the fabric will be ready to use just like brand new. If you decide to sell or donate it down the road you are ensured that your gown is in perfect shape.