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STORING A WEDDING DRESS

Months and even years go into planning a wedding. And one of the most important details of a wedding is the bride’s wedding dress which may become an heirloom passed down to daughters and granddaughters. This makes preserving the wedding dress and properly storing it a necessity.

 

This is why we have carefully devised a list of tips to aid in the process of storing this eloquent and nostalgic article of clothing:

 

  • For best results, have the gown professionally cleaned as soon as possible after the wedding; be sure to select an experienced cleaner that carries the proper supplies and equipment for cleaning all types and fabrics of wedding dresses

  • Look for a professional cleaner that uses a “virgin solvent” as opposed to recycled which will prevent it from taking on an unpleasant smell that is likely to embed itself into the material

  • Plastic garment bags are a HUGE NO-NO; they can yellow your dress by emitting fumes from the chemicals used in making them and can trap moisture causing your gown to mold or mildew

  • Check the gown annually to ensure there are no hidden issues; a drink that was spilled on it can oxidize over time and turn the dress yellow or brown - these spots will typically appear within a year of the spill date

  • If there are any spots, these should be cleaned immediately; thelonger they sit in the dress, the harder they are to remove from the material

  • Sweat and dirt can leave a harmful residue on your gown, for this reason, if you remove your gown from storage, you should wear plain white cotton gloves when handling it

  • Take the wedding gown to a professional company that specializes in preserving wedding gowns to have your dress either boxed or hung; they have all of the proper materials for storing the dress and vast knowledge of how to properly hang, fold, and wrap your gown for the best preservation possible and should use an acid-free wedding box and acid-free tissue

  • Hanging your wedding gown rather than boxing, it will require less care and maintenance in the future by avoiding creases. This means the dress will not need to be taken out for rearranging yearly and lessens contact with oils, perspiration, and dirt

  • Dress bags used for your wedding gown should be made of dye-free cloth, not plastic, and hung on a thickly padded hanger

  • Narrow strapped dresses or strapless dresses should be reinforced to prevent breakage and keep the dress from falling

  • To retain the shape of the dress, fill the bodice with acid-free tissue

  • To well preserve the dress, opt for either a climate-controlled storage unit or utilize the use of a dehumidifier within your unit because ultraviolet light, humidity or high temperatures can damage the textiles of the gown over a long period of time 

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