You've probably spent months or even years planning the wedding dress of your dreams and your effort was well worth it because you looked utterly radiant on your wedding day. Now that the wedding is over, what do you plan to do with your dress? Many brides like the idea of preserving their wedding dresses to present to their daughters when they get married − as a family heirloom. If you're one of them, then you'll need to plan meticulously to protect the delicate fabrics to save the dress for a few decades.
Keep in mind that dry cleaning and breathable storage spaces are significantly important. Here are some golden rules for preserving your regal wedding dress:
Immediate Dry Cleaning For Spotless Maintenance
Over time, stains start setting into the dress and become more difficult to remove. Once the wedding is over, ensure that you get the wedding dress prepped for dry cleaning as soon as possible to remove every possible blemish from your gown. Don't wait till you're back from the honeymoon. Get a family member or friend to drop off the wedding dress for dry cleaning while you're away.
You'll want to choose a dry cleaning company that is experienced in handling wedding dresses. Make sure you meet with the dry cleaners before the wedding to discuss the services they provide. Most dry cleaning companies should be able to remove visible and invisible dress stains to preserve the beauty of the decorative trims, lace and sequins on your gown.
Wedding dress specialist dry cleaning companies also provide moisture-controlled storage boxes to protect from yellowing. You may want to avail of these options to retain your wedding dress in the best possible condition for your daughter.
Wrap and Box
Before storing your dress in the box, make sure you wrap it with acid-free tissue paper that is resistant to staining and moisture. Stay away from plastic wrapping materials as they don't allow the gown to breathe and will encourage the entry of moisture, which can damage the dress. Acid-free tissue paper enables the gown to breathe easily.
If the dry cleaning company doesn't provide a box, you must shop around for moisture and oxygen-controlled storage boxes. This will protect against yellowing or oxidation of the gown. Make sure you store accessories, shoes and veils in the same box by wrapping them up in tissue paper first. Boxing is an excellent way to store all your items together for such a long time.
Store in a Smart Location
When you're preserving your wedding gown for your daughter, you know that it's going to be stored for a long time. Make sure you choose a location that isn't too humid or damp and it must always be away from natural sunlight or harsh artificial lighting. Garments that are exposed to bright lights will discolour sooner. The best places to store your boxed wedding gown are under the bed or on the top shelf inside your cupboard.
Once you get the gown back from the dry cleaning company, try to handle it as little as possible to prevent oils and moisture from damaging the fabric. Store this precious heirloom safely for your daughter on her wedding day!