How to preserve and store your wedding dress ?
Here’s the question everyone is asking: How to preserve your wedding dress looking good and store it intact for years to come? Whether your wedding is postponed to next year or you want to keep your beautiful dress after this unique day, Dream it yourself teaches you how to keep it like a pro!
OUR TIPS FOR KEEPING YOUR DRESS IN PERFECT CONDITION
1 – KEEP YOUR DRESS WARM IN ITS GARMENT BAG
Usually, when you are handed your wedding dress over, it is delivered in a beautiful protective garment cover. It is very important to keep your dress carefully inside because it is made to protect it from light and dust as much as possible. You should therefore avoid wrapping it in plastic, cardboard or other materials: this special bag is enough to preserve and store efficiently your wedding dress.
2 – KEEP YOUR DRESS IN A DRY ROOM
To preserve your little marvel, it is important to store it in a dry place at a moderate temperature where there is no humidity. Attics and basements should be avoided. It is better to privilege its dressing room or closet.
3 – DO NOT NEGLECT THE LOOPS
If your wedding dress has shoulder straps or sleeves, it has loops. It is always better to use the loops (which are hidden inside the dress) in order to hang your dress. These have the role to maintain the dress without deforming the lace while supporting the weight of the skirt.
4 – RESIST THE IRREPRESSIBLE URGE TO TRY IT EVERY DAY
It is absolutely necessary to avoid touching it or trying it too often. We understand very well that sometimes it can be stronger than you. You are sublime in your dress but you are likely to stain it, in particular with your make-up. Once again, the garment bag is your best friend to you and your dress. As they say, away from your eyes (and your hands), close to your heart.
If you’ve been wearing your dress for a long time and you’re afraid it won’t fit you anymore, you can try it on again 2 months before D-day. That way, you will have time to make last-minute adjustments.
5 – BEWARE OF THE ZIPPER!
If you have a flowing dress made of tulle, silk or lace, be very careful when you open and close the garment bag! When you put your precious in or out of its garment bag, make sure that your beautiful fabric does not get caught in the zipper. Our tip: always slide your finger behind the zipper to avoid drama!
6 – OUR RECOMMENDATIONS TO PRESERVE YOUR WEDDING DRESS FOR SEVERAL YEARS (ESPECIALLY AFTER THE WEDDING)
- Take your beautiful dress (and suit) to the cleaners after the big day and put it away clean. We recommend Nettoyeur Écologique Royal in Montreal
- Find a large box that will allow you to store the dress flat (box of this type)
- Wrap the dress in COLORLESS and ACID-FREE tissue paper (tissue paper of this type)
- Slip a moth repellent (or cedar or lavender for a natural option) into the box.
- Store the dress in its box in a dry place without humidity (once again, the wardrobe is the perfect place to preserve your wedding dress)
There are also special boxes to keep your wedding dress, which are more expensive.
7 – ANY QUESTIONS? CONTACT YOUR FAVORITE WEDDING DRESS STORE
Last but not least of our advices. Our dream team, friendly and kindly, accompanies our brides with gentleness and a lot of enthusiasm. From the YES TO THE DRESS to the alterations – and even beyond!
In conclusion, we hope that all these tips will help you to preserver and store your wedding dress until the D-day and after. You can also find our advice in video format by clicking here or directly on the video below.
“You only get married for one day but you keep your wedding dress all your life.”
Le petit livre du Mariage (2006) by Jean Gastaldi