With proper care, your wedding gown will remain a well-preserved keepsake.

Your wedding gown is one of your most precious possessions. It is a symbol of your love, that one moment when you walked down the isle and said “yes” to the love of your life.

Such an important event in your life and, as such, should be treated with special care. Whether you are selecting a new gown, borrowing it from a relative or selecting that vintage heirloom that has been kept for generations and is passed to you with the love and special meaning, a proper care and preservation of your wedding gown is important. There are steps and considerations you should take care of both prior your wedding date and after the wedding.

Today’s bridal gowns are made from a wide variety of fabrics.  The gown you have selected may be satin, taffeta, chiffon, organza, brocade, and lace, and accented with delicate trims, such as beads, crystals, sequins, embroidery, silk flowers, and appliqué, all of which require special care. Unique Dry Cleaners has cleaned and preserved many wedding gowns, old, new, simple and elaborate and from a variety of materials. We’ve had the privilege of caring for gowns of every type and style, however it is important that we inspect your gown carefully and discuss problems or concerns you may have before cleaning and preparation of the gown for safe keeping.  We would like the privilege of completing this care and suggest that the cost of our services be included as part of your wedding budget.

Wearing an heirloom can make your special day that much more memorable. Allow at least a month for professional care as well as any alterations. Typically older gowns need more attention than newer ones because many fabrics naturally yellow with age and old stains may not respond to our professional treatments.  Before you decide to wear a cherished heirloom, allow us to assess and discuss the pros and cons with you.

After the wedding whether having worn a new gown or a cherished heirloom, most brides want to preserve their gown as the most outwardly visible symbol of that special moment in time as well as perhaps preserving the opportunity for their own daughter to wear on her wedding day. That’s why it is important to allow us to clean and repair rips and tears before storing and as soon as possible

Stains cause fiber damage and become more difficult to remove the longer they remain on the fabric.  You may think your gown has no stains and is okay to put away without cleaning.  Don’t do it.  Food and beverage stains (perhaps not even immediately visible), body oils, and make-up, if not carefully addressed as soon after the big day as possible, may prove impossible to safely remove—even by most skilled. Drycleaning & Laundry Institute experts confirm that a gown once worn should be carefully cleaned before it is stored.

Your gown requires specific cleaning instructions and special care. The Federal Trade Commission’s Care Label Rule requires your gown to have accurate care instructions addressing all parts of the gown, including decorative trim, beads, and sequins.  We strongly advise you to examine the care label before purchasing your gown to make sure you understand the care instructions.  If you have a question, ask us before you buy the gown. We will do our very best to adhere to those instructions and will complete our testing prior to cleaning.  Gowns that fail to with stand the prescribed care procedure must be dealt with at the retail level.

Together we can preserve that special lifetime moment.  After we have completed our services, here are our suggestions for maintaining your gown.

Trust Unique Dry Cleaners to clean and preserve your most cherished memory. Call us to arrange your wedding gown cleaning and preservation.