So, you had the perfect wedding, and you wore your dream wedding gown. What’s next?
After many months or even years of preparation, the days following the wedding are even more daunting. What with the moving, settling down, the thank you notes, and the list of to-do’s goes on. Many brides forget about the wedding gown and just let it hang somewhere in a closet after it’s dry -cleaned. Fine, that’s good. Many years down the line, fine materials change colors if they are not kept properly. I must know, I have been a victim of “yellowing” on some of my formal dresses.
Having said this, part of my bridal planning included bridal conservatory. I was determined to not ruin my wedding gown, and I know, the only way to preserve it was to have it stored properly. I looked into professional bridal conservatory, but was not convinced enough to send out that gown which will come back to me in a sealed container; and not knowing if it really is my gown inside. I’ve heard a lot of horror stories about it.
My Designer, Edgar Madamba convinced me to have the gown framed. It took a good six months after the wedding, for me to finally act on it. I knew for sure, it will cost me an arm and a leg to have the gown framed; but I knew I was determined to do something so as not to ruin the gown that I so dearly dreamed of; and which I got for a deep discount simply because the Designer also used to make my formal dresses and suits when I was still in Manila. I went to my framer, and we started to work closely how to go about framing it. We both agreed to just have the skirt, as it will be too heavy to also have the top in the same frame. The whole process took a long time, as the framer had to make a special order on the fabric matting. Paper mat is a no-no, as this could discolor. Three weeks and three visits after, I finally got my gown back, in a frame.
Where it’s at right now (right in our foyer), makes for a good conversation piece whenever we have guests over. What did I do with the top? It’s in a sealed box, hoping one day, I could pass it on as an heirloom. I originally wished, that it will be my daughter wearing it at her wedding, but it seem far fetch. I can only hope one of my niece’s will. I’ll be happy and proud.
Here’s some pics: