As a bride how can you know which is best for you and your wedding gown? Is it better to have your wedding gown preservation box un-sealed or sealed? Should the box be just taped shut allowing you access to taking out your gown from the box, or should it be completely sealed?
Some wedding gown preservation companies provide double sided tape so you can re-tape the box shut when you’re done examining your dress. The companies who allow you to open your preservation box and tape it shut again offer the shortest guarantees. They have to. Anytime you touch your gown and or expose it to the air, dirt, dust, body oils and moisture can get in and you increase the risk of problems.
Once a bride removes their dress from the preservation box they can’t help but expose the dress to the open air, and humidity. It’s also difficult not to drag the dress on the floor. Whether it’s carpet or hardwood the dress is going to pick up some dirt, dust and fibers from the surface. Just touching the dress or having it touch you can transfer body oil, sweat and make-up to the dress. If you try your dress on this exposure is even greater – almost guaranteed to happen. You do not want these problems – even if you don’t see them now, years later they will show up?
Here are the three critical reasons why you want your wedding dress preserved with a company who seals your wedding gown preservation box.
#1. Lifetime guarantee. The dress is in a controlled environment and can’t be exposed to the air with it’s dirt and dust. The oils in your skin won’t be touching the dress, you won’t accidentally get make-up etc. on the dress.
#2. It keeps insects out of the box and away from your wedding gown. As you know insects can crawl through the smallest cracks or holes. Mites, spiders and even centipedes can get into your dress and build their nests – unless the box is sealed – taped shut boxes do not provide this insect barrier. Can you imagine your reaction if 10 years from now you examined your wedding gown and found an insect nest of spiders, cetipeds, or earwigs? Yuck! Here’s what one of our brides recently said:
|“My wedding dress, which my mom made, was preserved over 20 years ago and placed in an acid free box. I recently cleaned out the closet it was stored in and discovered termites had infiltrated the box. The box was not salvageable and there is termite crap on some of my dress. I am hoping it can be saved.”|
#3. It provides a moisture barrier keeping moisture out. Sealing the box does not provide an environment for mold or mildew. The dress is dry, the moisture content is almost nil. When a wedding gown is properly dried after cleaning and sealed in a preservation box there is virtually no moisture content. Mold or mildew will not grow on a properly dried and sealed wedding dress. In fact since the moisture content in the outside air changes dramatically from season to season un-sealed preservation boxes can allow moisture from the air into the wedding dress. Then as the season changes again the dress will dry out again. This changing process is hard on the fabric of your wedding dress.
Sealing your wedding dress in your wedding gown preservation box may take some of the fun out of being able to “play” in your dress, but it is the ONLY real solution to truly preserving your gown.