How To: Preserve Your Gown After “I Do”

Want to set your ensemble on the path to becoming an heirloom? A good clean is essential! Regal Drycleaners’ Brittany Kendall walks us through the ins and outs of post-wedding dress care.

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Want to set your ensemble on the path to becoming an heirloom? A good clean is essential! Here, Regal Drycleaners’ Brittany Kendall walks us through the ins and outs of post-wedding dress care.

Consider longevity

If you want your gown to last throughout the years, consider what it's made of. Some materials are less likely to hold up during the drycleaning process. Glue, for instance, has a high risk of yellowing, meaning it can be a challenge to remove difficult stains. Delicate fabrics and feathers may also thin and change texture.

Once cleaned, our preservation service is the best way to protect your gown for generations to come. Your gown will be carefully wrapped in acid-free tissue paper, and packaged in a museum-quality preservation box for you to collect.

Get your dress drycleaned as soon as possible

The sooner you can get it to us after the big day, the better the results. Any sugary spillages may not be visible to the naked eye, but can caramelise over time and become hard to remove if left untreated for too long.

Choose a reputable drycleaner

Find a drycleaner that takes pride in their work, and takes the time to evaluate and determine the best cleaning method for your gown. Choose one who understands the sentimental value of your dress and can ensure the best possible service with a team of highly experienced, technically advanced cleaners.

Accidents happen – but don’t try to deal with them yourself

It’s a big day for a white dress – and with all the red wine to drink, brightly coloured flowers to hold and outdoor photo locations to traverse, the risk of stains is high. Water may dilute a stain, but there's a high risk of it leaving a water mark or changing the texture of the fabric. Any kind of rubbing may also damage the gown. The best way to deal with it is to bring it in to us as soon as possible.

Good things take time

Our specialist, hand-finished bridal service ensures your wedding gown is carefully restored and preserved after your big day. It can take up to eight weeks, and costs will vary depending on the complexities of your garment.

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