Photo: Julia Robbs for Our Labor of Love
Once the last toast is made, the last song is played, and the after party has come to a close, your wedding day is over. Luckily, the memories are for a lifetime. While not many pieces of your wedding day can be physically preserved, it's important to hold on to what can — and in the highest quality way possible. We've rounded up our favorite New Jersey spots to professionally clean and preserve your one-of-a-kind wedding gown, to ensure its safekeeping for whatever may come its way in the future.
Hallak Cleaners (Hackensack)
This NJ location of "The Couture Cleaner" intends to help you keep your wedding gown forever. For over 50 years, this business has specialized in cleaning and preserving both couture and wedding gowns, with a special focus on cleaning the gown prior to preservation — which essentially means proper storage. Using acid free tissue paper and preservation boxes fit for the finest museums, at the culmination of the process you will be comforted with a lifetime guarantee from both the cleaner and the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists. How's that for peace of mind when it comes to possibly the most expensive garment you'll ever buy? Read real brides' reviews here!
Dress 2 Impress (Linwood)
Offering a selection of high quality gowns and formalwear, this Linwood, New Jersey boutique offers preservation services through their partnership wiht the Wedding Gown Preservation Company, known throughout the US as a quality provider of gown care and safeguarding. Since 1913, this third-generation family-owned business has been using their own original formula with cleaning methods acknowledged by the International Fabric Institute as the "best" in the industry. Dress 2 Impress can easily be your one-stop-shop for gown shopping AND saving as you preserve your cherished memory for years to come. Read real brides' reviews here!
Moline Kronberg Dry Cleaners (Montclair)
Proud member of the Association of Bridal Consultants and the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists, Moline Kronberg Dry Cleaners takes great care in preparing and preserving your beloved bridal attire. As part of the initial process, all gowns receive a full analysis and all stains are removed, with all finishing completed by hand. The gown is then preserved using world-renowned restoration and cleansing methods to ensure your it is in perfect condition. Read real brides' reviews here!
Susanna's Bridal and Evening Boutique (Hoboken)
The hands-on owner of this hidden gem is actually a master designer from Europe who has over 40 years of experience under her (perfectly tailored) belt. Specializing in bridal alterations, tailoring, and gown cleaning/preservation, Susanna personally oversees the cleaning and preservation of your most cherished wedding day item. (Other than your husband, of course!) When you first bring your gown to Susanna you'll undergo a brief consultation, and then your dress will be sent out to be professionally cleaned. Once it returns to her store, you will have the opportunity to inspect the cleaning work before it is sent off for preservation for decades to come.