Frequently Asked Questions
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Which preservation method is best, Museum Method™ or Boxed?
Will a wedding gown be damaged from hanging with Museum Method™ bridal gown preservation?
a. Much of the weight of a bridal gown is in the train. We roll the train up in acid-free tissue and then the rolled train sits at the bottom of the bag, so that the shoulders of the gown do not bare the weight.
b. We also hang the gown on a shoulder size hanger and stuffed with acid-free tissue or 100% cotton muslin. The gown is supported all around. It is similar to the gown being worn by a person: the body supports the gown, instead of a thin hanger.
c. Lastly, when we do have a particularly heavy gown, we sew twill tape straps inside the lining of the gown at the top of the skirt as reinforcement to help bare the weight of the gown. Very few gowns are so heavy that they require this support.
How are strapless gowns preserved with Museum Method™ wedding dress preservation ?
With Museum Method wedding dress preservation, cotton twill tape is sewn into the lining of strapless gowns, making cotton straps to support the gown. We also sew these straps into dresses with spaghetti straps or any dress with little or no shoulder strength. Cotton twill tape straps are also used in other areas for exceptionally heavy dresses. These cotton straps can be easily removed with a seam ripper if the dress is to be worn again. Along with manufacturer hanging loops and the tissue or muslin stuffing, the cotton straps help distribute the weight of the gown evenly.
How does Museum Method™ wedding dress preservation protect my gown?
Our acid free 100% cotton cover protects your dress from dust and light and allows the dress to breathe protecting it from mildew. Acid free tissue or cotton muslin help keep acid migration from damaging your wedding dress as well. This acid free environment helps keep the dress from yellowing. The acid-free bust form or shoulder size padded cotton hanger helps keep the gowns shape. Because the gown is not folded, it is protected from permanent creasing damage.
Does Museum Method™ bridal gown preservation keep the dress looking white? Or is yellowing inevitable?
Some fabrics do yellow a little as they get older. Silk and nylon, in particular, have a tendency to do so. However, the greatest cause of yellowing bridal gowns is leaving the dress in the plastic bag that the dress came with or a dry-cleaner’s bag. Plastic gives off fumes that actually cause yellowing.
How are the bridal veil and accessories stored with Museum Method™ wedding dress Preservation?
The veil is hung down the back of the wedding gown with cotton twill tape. This keeps it in the best condition possible. Purses are also suspended this way. The headpiece may be wrapped in acid-free tissue and suspended, or placed in the bottom of the bag depending on the size and shape of the headpiece.
Will I need to get my wedding gown preserved again if someone wears it?
Yes, after your gown has been preserved, it can be worn again, but it will need to be re-cleaned and preserved afterwards to best protect it from yellowing as well as damage from food and beverages, body oils and perspiration.
Is the bridal gown train bustled when preserved with Museum Method™ (hanging) wedding dress preservation?
In order to protect the gown best, we do not bustle gowns when preserved. We roll the train up in acid-free tissue. The train then sits at the bottom of the bag, which helps reduce any strain on the gown from the weight of the train.
Why is it important to inspect your preserved wedding dress periodically?
Many dresses which look clean after the wedding have stains appear on them after a few months or years. These may have been caused by spills which dry clear but turn brown over time. Dry-cleaning solvents won’t remove all substances and unless they are pre-treated they can oxidize and turn brown. By inspecting your dress from time to time, you may catch some of these stains forming and have them removed before they become too difficult.