The big day is over, you’re back from your honeymoon and you’ve finally opened all your gifts… it’s time to start thinking about what to do with your dress. If you’re not donating or selling your gown, it’s worth taking several steps to preserve it – just in case you want to pass it down to a loved one later on. Before you begin this process however, it’s important to make sure you understand how to preserve and store your wedding dress safely.
Wedding dresses are very delicate and require a bit of TLC, so here are a few essential tips for looking after yours…
How to preserve your wedding dress
While you can preserve your wedding dress at home, it’s far less risky to have it cleaned by a professional who’s familiar with the fabrics in question. A specialist will assess the material of your dress and identify any areas which need treating – but remember this is not the same as having it generally dry cleaned!
If you are going to try it yourself, make sure you do the following:
– Use a delicate detergent on the hem, and spot test the fabric first.
– Check every layer of fabric for marks, as some may not be visible on the surface.
– Remove any stains using small soft-bristled brushes.
– Ensure your gown is completely dry before you think about storing it.
How to store your wedding dress
Contrary to popular belief, you should not store your dress in a zip-up bag on a hanger. If you do, the weight of any beading or applique can cause the dress to lose its original shape. As well as this, these garment bags are made of a certain plastic which can contain moisture – this might damage the dress whilst it’s in storage.
Here are some things to keep in mind when storing your wedding dress:
– Always handle your dress with white cotton gloves, to avoid the transferral of dirt.
– Fold the dress carefully, ensuring each layer is separated by acid-free tissue paper to prevent snags.
– Wrap the folded dress in several layers of unbleached muslin, then place in an airtight box or wedding chest.
– You can also add silica desiccant packets to help control the moisture levels once your dress is stored.
Most importantly of all, it’s crucial to keep your dress in a cool, dry place; avoid lofts, attics and basements, as temperatures can vary hugely in these areas. This goes for storing other mementos from the big day too, like your shoes, bouquet and even invitation! Space Station units are safe, dry and humidity controlled, so they’re the ideal place to stash away your memories of the special day, so why not get a quote now?