A wedding dress can be one of the most sentimental purchases a woman makes and by taking the time to properly preserve and store your dress, you’ll be creating a lasting memory for generations to come.
It is extremely important to have your wedding dress professionally laundered soon after wearing. Not all stains are visible (sweat stains or white wine) but can turn brown or yellow over time. The longer a stain sits, the more difficult they are to remove.
To find a dry cleaner, ask for recommendations from other brides. Use reviews to ensure that a dry cleaner is reputable. The dry cleaner should be willing to walk you through the process of laundering your dress. Go over the dress with the dry cleaner so all stains are noted. Request fresh or filtered solvent.
Before purchasing a box, do a quick measurement of your dress. If your dress has already been cleaned, be sure to wash and dry your hands thoroughly and remove any rings, watches or bracelets.
On a large clean surface, fold the dress in half at the waist with the bodice on top. Measure the width, length and height of the dress while folded to determine the best size box for your gown. If the dress has a train, fold the train under the skirt before measuring.
Before handling your dress, be sure to wash and dry your hands thoroughly. You’ll want to wear clean cotton gloves to avoid transferring oils from your skin to the dress. Also remove any watches or bracelets so they won’t catch on delicate fabrics.
If your dress has a train, you’ll follow the same steps but add an extra folding step. You’ll the dress face up when you start. Pad the train, then fold the skirt up over the train and follow the instructions.
Keep your preserved dress looking great by keeping it out of attics, basements or garages. In addition to fluctuating temperature and humidity, they are also often home to little critters that can’t wait to get their hands on your beautiful dress.
By putting it in a closet or under your bed, you’ll be keeping your dress perfect for years to come.