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Professional's Secrets To Storing Your Wedding Dresses Revealed!

Storing Your Wedding Dresses Like A Pro

By Adrian Leighton
storing wedding dresses
So you've spent a long time searching through wedding dresses and have found the perfect style! If you're a wise bride you won't have left it 'til the last minute, but what do you do with the dress in the months or weeks before the wedding? It's important to store your wedding dress securely and properly to keep it in tip-top condition so that when you finally wear it you look perfect; this means avoiding any creasing, dust, and grime!

Storing Wedding Dresses Step-By-Step

Maybe you don't know much about storing a wedding dress...why would you? So here are the steps the professionals recommend you follow to keep your wedding dresses looking brand new.
  1. Get the dress professionally dry-cleaned. This will mean that the dress is 100% crease free and sparkling clean, BUT make sure only to use a dry-cleaner who you trust to avoid mistakes! This step is especially important if you buy a dress from an on line store like OuterInner.com, because in transit wedding dresses can unfortunately become a little creased.
  • If your wedding is within a week or so of the cleaning then it will be OK to hang them carefully in a garment bag such as the one you can see below. This will keep the shape of the dress, help it to avoid creases, and keep any dirty fingers well away.
wedding dresses garment bag
But garment bags do have their drawbacks. If they're made of plastic this isn't the kindest material on delicate fabrics as it won't let them breathe, and if you have a wedding dress with a long skirt or train then this can become bunched in the bottom of the bag leading to creases. So consider garment bags a short-term solution only.  
  • If your wedding is several weeks or even months away, then you'll need to get creative to keep your wedding dress looking amazing! Our suggestion is to use the 'sandwich method' to store it. This is where you hang your pressed wedding dress between two large cotton sheets, pinning the edges of the sheet to make a kind of enclosed sandwich.
  With trains be sure to let the dress hang all the way down without dragging on the floor, so hanging from a high place such as a curtain rail would be ideal if it's in the home.

"What If I Want To Store My wedding Dress Long-Term After I'm Married?"

If you are planning on storing your wedding dress after your wedding, for instance to be handed down as an heirloom, then the same instructions apply except that you should store it flat, not hung up, as this can stretch the fabric over time mis-shaping the dress. If you are handling a very old,stored wedding dress then it's also advisable to wear gloves to protect the fabric from your skin's oil (no joke!), but you should certainly get it out to air it once every couple of years or so.
wear gloves when handling stored wedding dresses This lady has the right idea, as she's wearing white cotton gloves to handle stored wedding dresses.  
Will you be ordering wedding dresses in advance of your wedding day? If so, how will you store them? What are your tips? Let us know by commenting please :-)
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