After your wedding is finally over, you probably want to have your wedding dress stored properly. There are a number of reasons that keeping your wedding dress in great condition is important to brides, but the most common are either passing it down to a child or wanting it for future memories. Regardless of why you want to preserve your wedding dress, there are some key steps that you need to take before putting it into storage. Though there are professional companies that will take care of a lot of this stuff for you, I always believe that it’s best to do as much yourself as possible. Additionally, these tips are great for anyone looking to prepare their own wedding dress for storage to save money.
Make Sure it’s Clean
The first thing that you’ll want to do when preparing your wedding dress for storage is to send it to the cleaners. In fact, it’s a good idea to do this right after your wedding day is over, but most brides are busy with things like their honeymoon, name change, and the subsequent changing of their credit cards and other items associated with their old name. Having your wedding dress in a clean state before you even consider storing it for the long term is crucial to keeping it in good condition down the road.
Check it for Stains and Burns
Even though you’ve had your wedding dress professionally cleaned, there’s no guarantee that it is completely free of stains or burn holes. A wedding day is filled with a wide variety of events, and each one is an opportunity for disaster. One of the most heart-wrenching incidents that I’ve seen was a friend whose wedding dress had several small burn holes in it. After doing some digging, we determined that it was caused by the 36 inch wedding sparklers she bought for her send-off line cracking apart as they burned. I guess that goes to show that you should always buy quality wedding sparklers! Regardless of the cause, you want to get the stains removed and the burn holes mended before you put your wedding dress into storage.
Proper Storage Technique
Once your wedding dress is cleaned and prepped for storage, you’ll need to buy a plastic garment bag. The idea is to keep as much air off of the fabric as possible, and a plastic garment bag will do this very thing. If you want to take things up a notch, consider buying the bag that has an attachment for your vacuum cleaner. This will allow you to suck out all of the air which ensures that your wedding dress will look just as good 20 years from now as it did on your wedding day.
Additionally, you need to keep your dress out of direct sunlight in order to prevent the color from fading. If you leave your wedding dress in the sun too long, the brilliant white color will start to fade to a dirty off-white shade. Make sure you keep your wedding dress in the back of a dark closet and consider keeping it in an opaque storage bag.