Wedding Gown Preservation: Everything You Need to Know
Your wedding gown is a priceless memory - a symbol of one of the best days of your life. You put so much thought, time, and money into finding the perfect wedding gown, and then after the wedding you hang it in the closet and have no idea what to do with it. Several years (maybe even decades) go by and you dig to the depths of your closet ... there is your wedding gown - still soiled on the bottom from all the dancing and now the lace and beading is starting to yellow!
Before you hang that dress in the closet... read this! We have partnered with Wedding Gown Preservation Company to provide you a way to preserve your gown and all of its memories for generations to come.
What is Wedding Gown Preservation?
Your wedding gown is important to us, and we know how important it is to you. That is why we provide only the best when it comes to handling such a precious item. We use Wedding Gown Preservation Company for all of our wedding gown preservation needs. They are a family-run business that's been based in Endicott, NY since 1913. (Yes, you read that right! Over 100 years of preserving wedding gowns.) We have been an authorized dealer of WGP for over 20 years - so you can rest assured your gown will be handled with the utmost care throughout the process. Being a family-run business ourselves, we enjoy working with them to provide brides a way to preserve the memories from their day.
Wedding Gown Preservation Co. will professionally and thoroughly clean and preserve each wedding gown that is sent to them. They use proven methods to ensure that most stains - both visible and invisible - are removed. Their modern lab and equipment preserve every gown with a proprietary treatment developed to prevent yellowing and discoloration. Once your gown is preserved, they guarantee it for 100 years inside the box!
The Wedding Gown Preservation Process
Wedding Gown Preservation Company places the highest degree of professional care into the preservation process.
- They utilize organic, completely biodegradable solvents to remove spots and thoroughly clean the entire gown, with extra attention to the neckline, trim, and hemline.
- The experts shape the gown, position it on a full bust form, and fill the sleeves. It is then fitted carefully into an acid-neutral preservation chest with an acid-free display window. The preservation chest is then enclosed in a 700 lb. test shipping carton.
- Your wedding gown is then shipped back to you pre-paid anywhere in the continental United States via UPS - signature required.
The preservation process takes about 4-10 weeks after the gown is received. For more information about the preservation process, watch this video below!
The current price to preserve your wedding gown is $299 + tax and shipping. We do offer special discounts for our Diane's Brides in our wedding gown packages available to purchase the day you say 'yes' to your wedding gown!
This baseline preservation price of $299 includes:
- shipping to their warehouse in Endicott, NY.
- the actual preservation process to your wedding gown + 5 additional accessories at a $1,000 guaranteed value. (Accepted Free Accessories: Veil-Train-Hat-Jacket-Shawl-Cape-Duster-Ring Pillow-Gloves-Garter-Scarf)
- shipping it directly back to you at the address you provide!
Wedding Gown Preservation Co. provides several upgrade options if you want to add a special touch to your box!
- The Celebrity Line Upgrade: includes a hand pressing, silver or champagne chest, and $2,000 declared value - $75
- Personalization on Chest: Text Only - $25, Photo Only: $50, Photo w/text - $60
- Additional Declared Value ($1,000 included) - $50 per $1,000
- Restoration or Preservation of a garment over 20 years old - $75
- Preservation of Slip, Shoes, Gown Overlay - $35
* note if you choose one of these add-ons you must include payment inside of the gown shipment or they won't complete the upgrades!
Diane's Bride Preservation Information
We do everything we can to make the Wedding Gown Preservation process easy for our brides. We know once the wedding is over, your eyes are on your honeymoon with your beloved! We recently have a new process for our preservation. Now, our Diane's Brides who choose to purchase our Diamond Preservation Package will receive a box with EVERYTHING needed to send off the gown the day they purchase their wedding gown. That way after the wedding, you or a loved one can just ship it off and you are done! Simple and easy!
If you are a Diane's Bride and purchased the preservation package prior to our boxes, just bring your wedding gown back & we will ship it off for you!
All Preservations purchased from Diane's Formal Affair are good up until 1 year after your original wedding date - so go on that honeymoon and then preserve that wedding gown as soon as you get home - or have a trusted loved one take care of it for you!
How Do I Preserve My Wedding Gown?
Sending off such a priceless item can seem daunting, but don't let it be! You have all the knowledge and we are here to guide you through the process. Take that first step and come purchase a preservation box. Live far away? Feel free to call us and purchase over the phone. We can ship everything you need directly to you for $20.
Don't forget - ANYONE can preserve their wedding gown no matter how long it has been. We keep our Wedding Gown Preservation Boxes stocked in-store. These make a FABULOUS Wedding - Birthday - Christmas - Just Because gift for the Bride in your life.
Already purchased one of these kits featured above? Watch the video below for a step-by-step on how to send your gown in!
Questions? Read these FAQ's about Wedding Gown Preservation
Where can I purchase a Preservation Kit?
You can purchase a kit directly from us at Diane's Formal Affair. You do not have to be a Diane's bride to purchase a kit - however, we do offer special discounts for our Diane's Brides on the day they purchase their wedding gown from our store.
* These make a fabulous gift for the bride in your life!
I have already purchased a Preservation Kit. What is the next steps?
Once you have your kit, you simply fill out the enclosed Pre-Paid order form, use the materials provided to pack up your gown, and attach the Pre-Paid Ground shipping label. Please Note: An adult signature will be required when your gown is delivered back to you. This is done for the protection of your gown.
Do I need to have my gown cleaned before sending it?
Wedding Gown Preservation Co. will handle all of the cleaning necessary to ensure a proper preservation
What exactly is the process you use to clean the gown?
WGPco. has several different processes that are used in cleaning. Each gown is individually evaluated to determine the best process for your particular gown. ALL methods are safe, organic, and gentle.
What stains are removed with your process?
At least 95% of stains are completely removable. Those such as tar, blood, grass, mud, grease, and food are the most common, and of course, any sugar stains such as cake, icing, wine, or other types of beverages.
What can be seen through the display window?
You are able to see your gown and veil through the display window. Other items are positioned near the bottom of the window, where possible, or underneath the gown.
Can you repair my wedding gown?
Wedding Gown Preservation Company prides itself on having a highly trained staff that can handle most repairs for a nominal fee. Please note on your paperwork if you would like a call with a repair quote.
If I want to declare more value, what do I need to do?
Make a note on your paperwork and enclose a check or money order (made payable to: Wedding Gown Preservation Company) for $50.00 per $100.00 of additional declared value. For your convenience we also accept Visa, MasterCard, or Discover.
If I need to open up the preservation chest at any time in the future, will that jeopardize or void the waranty?
Your guarantee will not be voided. Be sure to reseal the chest with the resealing materials provided. We enclose gloves to wear while handling your gown. If your gown is handled excessively or soiled, it should be cleaned and preserved again.
Is my Wedding Gown guaranteed once preserved?
YES! Wedding Gown Preservation Co. provides a 100 year guarantee against caramelized sugar stains or yellowing. If at anytime your gown is found to have yellowed or has caramelized stains they will reprocess the gown at no additional cost. If reprocessing is found to be unsuccessful they will refund the preservation cost. REMEMBER: Never store your gown in the attic or basement.
If you have any other questions about preserving your wedding gown feel free to call our store at 205-221-3570, email us, or come visit us!
Diane's Formal Affair
300 Highway 78 E
Jasper, AL 35501
Happy Wedding Preservation!!