This is a process done by a specialist company which typically includes carefully cleaning the garment first, ridding it of stains, where possible, repairing any damage and then, finally, using a specially approved process the gown is pressed or steamed and carefully folded and boxed in an acid-free setting which preserves and protects the garment from outside sources of damage.
Traditional dry cleaning often uses harsh chemicals not recommended for delicate garments, fabrics and embellishments. Your wedding dress requires delicate treatments and cleaning to preserve it's color and condition. Storing and/or sealing your dress in plastic or other containers can cause mold, odors and staining. Hanging the dress for extended periods can cause stress to the shoulders and stretching of the fabric. Having your dress professionally cleaned and preserved by specialists ensures that it's being cared for properly during the cleaning process and then preserved and boxed appropriately for storage at home.
How do I choose a gown preservation company?
There are many local and national gown preservation services, so how do you choose one? Just ask...
Do they specialize in wedding gowns and other types of special occasion attire?
How long have they been in business?
Does the company employ eco-friendly processes? Do they use harsh chemicals to clean gowns?
Can the preservation box be opened to inspect the gown?
Do they have a customer service line to call and ask questions? Is the staff knowledgeable and easily accessible?
What is the cost? (Don't let cost be the deciding factor. Cheapest is not always best. Do your homework)
Can other accessories be included? Are there additional costs?
Is insurance included and/or available?
So, who does Team Wedding recommend for preservation services?
Team Wedding, owned and operated by Top Wedding Sites, has been an authorized dealer for The Wedding Gown Preservation Company since 2002 and a customer too! We've actually used their service to clean our own family's cherished bridal gowns and christening outfits. Since we're repeat customers, they've obviously done a great job. We trust andrecommend them. We also offer the kit at the lowest price anywhere. See it elsewhere for less? Contact us.
We understand you love your dress and may have reservations about sending it out to be cleaned. That's why we're partnered with The Wedding Gown Preservation Company, a trusted and respected specialist in gown cleaning and preservation since 1913! They utilize an environmentally friendly, green dry cleaning process using hydro-carbon machines and eco-friendly soy cleaning products. Make sure you're ordering their kit and not one appearing similar. Not all wedding gown cleaners are specialists!
New Feature: Have your Preservation Chest personalized with your photo and/or names and wedding day! Select the Personalized Preservation Chest option that you like, then visit us at www.GownPreservation.com/Personalize within 48 hours after placing your order to upload your photo and information.
Great for a borrowed gown or gowns worn within 6 months; not recommended for long term storage.
Does Not Include:
Additional Accessories (Gown Only) ***
Gown Preservation Process
Gown Preservation Chest
$139 + free shipping
Can't I just take my dress to the local dry cleaner? Unlike some dry cleaners, The Wedding Gown Preservation Company specializes in cleaning wedding gowns. All they do is special occasion dresses so have the expertise and experience in cleaning and handling delicate fabrics and adornments.
*Shipping in the Continental US only.
**Additional insurance can be purchased when you send in your dress. Forms included in the kit can be completed and payment returned with your gown.
*** Have more than 3 accessories? Purchase additional items to be cleaned with paperwork included in your kit. Accessories include veil, garter, headpiece, gloves, slip, bag, handkerchief, detachable train.
Words From The Official Wedding Gown Preservation Company
Kelly Crasper, account representative with WGP comments, "As the oldest and most experienced preservation company in America, Wedding Gown Preservation Company sets itself apart from the others by giving the highest quality of care and ensuring piece of mind to each bridal gown we preserve. As a third generation family business we have combined our time tested methods with today’s technology to perfect the science of caring for the delicate fabrics and elaborate appliqués that go onto a wedding gown. We allow each bride the opportunity to inspect her gown and give her a 100 year guarantee.
Top Wedding Sites has been a Premiere Authorized Dealer of our service
since 2004, and has helped over a thousand brides preserve their gown and
its memories for generations to come! Both having a keen eye to detail and
customer service, Top Wedding Sites and Wedding Gown Preservation Company
have been a perfect fit, and it has been our pleasure working with the team
at Top Wedding Sites."
The International Fabricare Institute believes that for the best preservation results, gowns should undergo the lab cleaning process, perfected by The Wedding Gown preservation Company. Your guarantee will never be voided if it is not worn again, taken out of the chest,
manhandled, transferred or sold. Gloves included with your kit can be used to inspect the gown but it should not be completely removed from it's box. Gowns should be stored in a clean, dry place (preferably away from pets and smoking) - never in a basement or attic.
Check out the video in the "more information" tab to see a tutorial on the Wedding Gown Preservation Company.
How do I get my gown to the preservation company safely? First, you'll need to purchase the kit from us, which is basically an empty shipping box for your gown containing all of the paperwork and instructions you'll need to return your dress and accessories. Wedding gown preservation kits are usually shipped within 2 - 5 business days depending on your location and time of year. Kits are shipped directly from The Wedding Gown Preservation Co. facility in NY via UPS.
When will I get my gown back? Your wedding dress will be handled with personal care, preserved, and shipped back to you within 2 - 10 weeks from the day it is received by The Wedding Gown Preservation Company. Track your wedding gown here.
Wedding Gown Repair: The Wedding Gown Preservation Company also offers a repair service including replacing beads and sequins, repairing hemlines and even replacing outer layers of the wedding gown. The expert tailoring team brings over a century of combined experience to your gown repair. Repairs can be an additional charge. There will be paperwork inside the kit to note and purchase additional repair services.
--Top Wedding Sites sells this kit to brides. Once you receive the kit you will work directly with Wedding Gown Preservation Company during the bridal gown cleaning process. Shipping information you provide during this order only pertains to receiving the kit. You will receive instructions and paperwork in your kit to let Gown Preservation Co. know where to ship the finished gown.