Storing Your Wedding Dress
7 Best Ways to Store Your Wedding Gown
If you choose not to preserve your wedding dress, you risk yellowing the fabric, mould and mildew, and creasing of the fabric that becomes permanent.
There are many different ways to store your wedding dress. Some are traditional ways of storing your dress but there’s also lots of new ideas too. Here are Melbourne Bridal Expo’s Top 7:
- Avoid storing your gown in a basement, cellar, attic or garage. Temperatures in these areas can become extreme.
2. Dry clean your dress without delay. Stains and marks, even unnoticed ones, get worse with time. Always dry clean your wedding dress with a professional dry cleaning service. Hand washing can cause damage that just cannot be repaired.
3. Wrap your clean, dry wedding gown in acid-free tissue paper or unbleached muslin that has already been washed. Be sure to place layers of the tissue between the folds of your dress so that it is not permanently creased.
4. If your gown is fairly light weight, it can be stored on a padded hanger in a garment bag in a cool dry place for up to 7 months. Ensure that there is plenty of space either side to prevent wrinkling and hang it on a padded coat hanger.
5. Ensure that the wedding preservation box is sealed airtight. The box is specially prepared and the oxygen has been sucked out and replaced with nitrogen. This prevents discolouration and means your dress can be stored for many years.
6. Store your wedding dress in an acid free container in an area that is safe form harsh light or temperatures – like under the bed or in a wardrobe.
7. Ensure that your dress is away from direct sunlight. Until you can store it properly use a garment bag. Avoid wrapping it in plastic, this can trap moisture.