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Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, yet it is the wedding dress that can prove more expensive than the ring. Though the wedding dress is worn for just one day its significance lasts a lifetime and it deserves care and attention before storing. An affordable way to preserve delicate dress fabrics is available in the form of the Wedding Dress Box. This is manufactured by I Waterman (Box Makers) Ltd from the same special acid-free materials they supply to world renowned museums and fabric conservationists. The company has been granted the Royal Warrant of Appointment, for the manufacture of archive boxes, to Her Majesty the Queen.

“We have been making fine boxes for over a hundred years and we know the value of the treasured memories that wedding dresses hold for the bride. Our materials ensure that fabrics remain in the best condition possible over time,” explained David Waterman.

The Wedding Dress Box is available in a range of sizes and supplied complete with an acid free shoe and accessories box, acid free archive tissue paper, wedding day record/memo sheets, acid free certificate envelope and identity tag and ribbons.

David’s tips for preserving wedding dresses include:

* Keep all labels that come with the wedding dress. Ensure the wedding dress is professionally cleaned before storing – give the labels to the cleaning service to ensure they have all the information they need.

* Avoid unnecessary handling.

* If you are going to show off the dress, ensure your hands are clean. Wear fine cotton gloves and avoid contact with jewellery or items that may snag the fabric. Find a clean area to layout the dress.

* Use a box made from acid free materials. Pack the dress in a suitably sized box to avoid excessive folding.

* Use plenty of acid free tissue paper between the folds and around the dress.

* Remove any dust carefully before storing and keep the box and contents as clean as possible.

* Store your box in a dark place at around 13-18 degrees C with a relative humidity of less than 50 percent. To put it simply, don’t store your wedding dress box near a tumble drier, in the garage, unheated loft space or anywhere you suspect dampness exists.

* Store the box in a room where air can circulate freely.

* Store the box in a pest-free, insect-free area.

* Occasionally unpack your wedding dress to check and to reduce the risk of permanent creasing. Carefully repack if all is OK; otherwise seek advice from a professional textile conservator if needed.

“A wedding dress is a treasured possession, not just because of its original purchase value. Importantly, it is the valued memories that are associated with it that count most. In carefully preserving and storing your wedding dress those memories are kept and can be brought back to life for family generations to come. That is priceless!” concluded David.

The Wedding Dress box is part of the Memories and Nostalgia Collection, which also includes the Wedding Box, which contains everything need to record and preserve memories of the big day for future generations to enjoy.

More wedding dress care facts are on the web at www.memories-nostalgia.com/wedding-dress-care.htm. Details of the Wedding Dress Box are at www.memories-nostalgia.com/wedding-dress-box.htm. A free leaflet, produced in association with Icon (the Institute of Conservation) is available to download from www.memories-nostalgia.com/wedding-dress-care.pdf.

More Information:

David Waterman, Director, Memories and Nostalgia, Tel. +44 (0)207 7902394
I Waterman (Box Makers) Ltd, Assembly Passage London E1 4UT
E-mail: info@memories-nostalgia.com Web: www.memories-nostalgia.com

A full feature article on wedding dress preservation is available on request.

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Additional Notes to Editors

The Wedding Dress Box is made from a special archival and acid-free board material that is used in all Memories and Nostalgia conservation products. This is the same material the company supplies to many of the UK’s leading museums and archives and it has been extensively and rigorously tested to meet international conservation standards. The Wedding Dress Box will keep wedding dresses professionally stored and help reduce decay for generations as long as the box itself is stored carefully. Leading British museums and archives have recognised the need to use the highest quality, acid-free storage boxes for decades, which is why they use exactly the same materials from exactly the same company – I. Waterman (Box Makers) Ltd, makers of fine boxes since 1897.

The materials used in the Wedding Dress Box meet international standards: ISO 9706: 1994 (Paper for Documents – Requirements for Permanence); ISO 14523: 1999 (Photographic Activity Test for enclosure materials) or Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry T509 and T529 (surface pH measurement of paper). The materials have also been independently tested at the British Museum, the University Of Manchester Institute Of Science and Technology and the Image Permanence Institute. All paper and card used comes from European sustainable forests, is fully recyclable and completely safe to handle. The boxes are made from an exceptionally strong grade of corrugated board that helps to protect your wedding dress.

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