Your wedding day has come and gone, but your gown remains. You have photos and mental notes to store the memories, but you need to learn how to store a wedding dress. Here’s how to preserve your dress for years to come:
Fancier than your everyday attire, wedding dresses have many delicate details—like lace, gems and tulle—that require unique care. And because they come in different silhouettes such as mermaid and A-line, bridal gowns aren’t easy to clean.
Take your wedding dress to a professional dry cleaner that specializes in formalwear. Here’s what to verify with your potential gown cleaner:
Clean your dress within the first week following your wedding—the next day is best! Stains you can’t see—like a spot of white wine or dirt on your train—will darken over time and become more difficult to remove.
When you get your dress cleaned at a gown preservation specialist, they will have preservation boxes available for purchase.
Ensure the box is acid-free and airtight. These features will prevent aging and discoloration.
Store the box in a cool, dark area such as your closet, basement or a climate controlled storage unit.
Now that your dress is done, learn how to store your wedding jewelry. Here are some tips on how to pack necklaces without tangling.