Sunday, November 16, 2008

To Clean or Not to Clean

Some friends and I got into the discussion of what to do with your wedding dress after the big day. One said she got her dress cleaned and vacuum sealed in case her daughters wanted to wear it someday. Another said she had it cleaned but not boxed so she could take it out again if she wanted. And me? well...gasp! Mine is still hanging in the basement 5 years later with the frosting still on the hem of the skirt! I know, I know, I should at least have it cleaned, by now the stains are probably there to stay, I'll have to get ahold of Tami at Great Lake Wedding Gown Specialists. Tami specializes in cleaning and preserving gowns, as well as being the owner of September's Bride, an amazing bridal store in Holland.

So it begs the question...what is the right thing to do with your dress after the wedding? I believe it all depends on what you want to do with the dress in the long run. If you want to keep it around for your children to see it in all it's glory then by all means definitely have it professionally cleaned and sealed up to preserve the color and integrity. Having it cleaned with or without sealing it up is a great idea, just to keep it fresh and beautiful.

There are many options out there for the dress after the wedding, if you don't know what you want to do with yours, consider the following...donate your dress. Many second hand or thrift stores and also consignment shops will take wedding dresses, just think if you aren't going to reuse your dress maybe someone that can't afford such a beautiful item would treasure it as much as you did.

{picture courtesy of September's Bride}


Tami @ September's Bride said...

Thanks for the mention, Michelle! Nice post. You'll have to bring your gown in and I'll wave my magic wand for you. :)

aletha :: pearls events said...

Tami cleaned my gown and then boxed it in a lovely white box. The best part? I can open the box and take the dress out as often as I want. I've even put it on! It's clean, and has a storage place, but it's not "sealed away until my daughters might want to see it". I actually broke it out for a friend the other day!