Gown Preservation: The Pros and Cons

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly
On Aug. 23, 2014, Christina and Brandon Fellows wed at the Greek Orthodox Church in Downtown Columbus. Christina wore a Rosa Clara gown from White of Dublin, which she had preserved by Edina Cleaners.

Whether you wore simple eyelet lace (so garden-party chic!) or an out-of-this-world Vera, the question you're most likely to receive from well-wishers in the weeks following your wedding is a polarizing one: Are you having your gown preserved?

It's a simple question, of course. But ask industry pros, your Aunt Mary or your maid of honor, and you're likely to get a reaction, from "You'd be a fool if you didn't" to "Seriously, you're going to spend more money on your dress?"

Like everything wedding-related, it's a choice only you can make. But to help those on the fence, we've compiled our own Columbus Bride pro-con list.

Con: It's not inexpensive. Ranging between $200 and $400 at most vendors in Central Ohio, gown preservation can be the straw that breaks the budgetary camel's back. If you don't have the money, keep your dress in a garment bag until you do. Or, nix the idea all together.

Pro: Whether it's your niece in 10 years or your own daughter in 20, you can pass along your gown in the same shape it was the day you wore it.

Con: If you're on-trend, it's likely your gown's going to look fairly dated a couple decades from your big day, and your daughter may squirm at the idea of a Roaring Twenties vibe (although it's hard for us to imagine that ever going out of style). If passing on is your primary preservation goal, think long and hard.

Pro: If your gown was a big investment, it makes sense to take care of it for as long as you can. There's nothing as sad as yellowed satin or 10-year-old red-wine stains.