Bridal Club Magazine
Preserve Those Memories
They say all good things must come to an end. But, there are
ways newlyweds can savor the memories from their wedding day.
Here's some advice for keeping the wedding gown, bouquet and cake
intact for the future.
The tradition of eating a piece of wedding cake on the first
anniversary can be followed if proper steps have been taken before
freezing it. That way you can have your cake and eat it too!
Encase the upper most layer securely in plastic wrap, then
aluminum foil. Beware of using foil alone as it can leave the cake
with a nasty, metallic taste. Store the cake in the back of the
freezer where the temperature remains constant so the cake will
retain its original flavor.
Flowers can be dried, turned into potpourri or individually
pressed within the pages of a book. To properly preserve a bouquet,
don't delay, begin the drying process before leaving on your
Turn the bouquet upside down and hang it in a dry, dark place
for about two weeks. By that time it should be completely dried out
and ready to decorate a wall or shelf.
To make potpourri, remove fresh petals and place in a bowl out
of sunlight, for about 2-3 weeks. After the petals are dry, add a
drop or two of floral-scented potpourri oil.
Pressed flowers or just the petals can be used to adorn the
pages of a wedding album, placed in a picture frame or used on
stationery. Cut fresh flowers close to the base and place them
inside a folded piece of wax paper. Then, place it all within the
pages of a heavy book. Check back in two weeks.
The Wedding Gown
Time is especially important when handling your dress after the
wedding. Take the garment to the dry cleaners as soon as possible,
no longer than one month after the ceremony, so stains can be
removed. If you wait, the stains may adhere permanently to the
Inquire how the dress will be handled and packed. The gown
should be cleaned individually and turned inside-out to avoid harm
to the beading and embroidery. Stains should be treated by hand.
Some stains, such as sugar, cannot be dissolved by most dry
cleaning fluid, so check into this, if necessary.
The best storage option would be a acid-free box with acid-free
tissue paper. The window of the box should be acetate, which is
also acid-free, rather than plastic. Glue, metal and rubber parts
in the headpiece can produce brown stains on the dress, so request
it be stored in a separate box. You can ask to see the gown before
it's packed away to inspect it for problems. If you choose to do
your own wrapping, remove all padding from the shoulders or bust.
Wrap the garment in a clean white sheet or piece of muslin.
All gowns, whether they are prepared professionally or wrapped
by you, should be laid flat, not hung, in a dry area with a
constant temperature. Attics or basements may not be a good idea,
as they can be too hot or too damp. It's also a good idea to check
the dress once a year, for any damage or stains.