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 dirt, dust, body oils and moisture you increase the risk of problems.
Once a bride removes their dress from the preservation box they can’t help but 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. Do you want that to happen?
Here are the tree 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 dirt, dust, make-up etc.
#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 – not just taped shut.
#3. It provides a moisture barrier keeping moisture out. (Some object to sealing the box, because it seals moisture in and that can lead to mold or mildew.) 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 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.
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.