This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

Funny thing when you’re planning your wedding, it’s all about the dress, the perfect gown for you and the centerpiece of your wedding day. But unless you are the exceptional bride, you probably haven’t thought about what to do with it afterward.

Experts suggest that you consider wedding gown preservation, a special process of cleaning and packing it for storage that will preserve its original beauty. While preservation might seem like an unnecessary extra expense right after the wedding, you’ll be glad you did.

Here are the ten top reasons to care for your gown.

Why Preserving Your Wedding Gown Is A Great Investment

Wedding dress on hanger

Recover Precious Space

Tip 1:  You have more space in your bedroom closet.  Your husband loved your look in your gown, but he would now like to get into his side of the closet without having to tango with your dress.

Tip 2:  Your mom wants her guest room back.  You had better take it from her before she turns it into a bedspread.

Tip 3: You won’t have to worry when you move.  It isn’t likely the moving men will wash their hands before they touch your gown so it’s best to protect it before they arrive.

Bride on grass

Restore Its Pristine Condition

Tip 4:  You won’t have to scramble when your daughter is born.  You have enough to do with a new baby so get your dress ready for her later use before she arrive.  (And remember to have your christening gown renewed too.)

Tip 5: You want your gown to look the way it did before your favorite niece gave you a chocolate hug and Uncle Bob christened you with red wine!

Tip 6:  You know the makeup you wore is not good for the inside of your gown.  Neither is the cake your husband thought was fun to feed you.

Groom looks at bride

Remember The Day

Tip 7:  Your gown is ready for you to open whenever you like”just slip on a pair of white gloves before touching it.

Tip 8:  You’ll  remember how beautiful you are every time you look at your gown.

Tip 9:  You wish your wedding day could last forever, and with care the beauty of your gown can last for years and years.

Tip 10:  You want to re-live the love.  Your gown is yours alone”the most beautiful gown ever.  And it’s the gown you wore when you shared the most wonderful moment of your life”vows with your husband.  Make sure your beautiful gown has a happy ever-after, too!

For  the questions to ask when you choose your gown preservationist, check our list of wedding gown preservation tips.  For information about  a great option for a honeymoon registry, visit Honeyfund today.

Sally Lorensen ConantBio: Featured on television, and in books, magazines and newspapers, Sally Lorensen Conant, Ph.Dis executive director of the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists and frequently serves as a consultant to museums and historical societies.  The Association is a not-for-profit trade association of cleaners in ten countries who focus on caring for wedding gowns, both new and old. For information about wedding gown preservation, see the Wedding Gown Specialist website.


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