Your wedding day is arguably one of the, if not the most exciting day of your life. At the same time, the stress of preparing for the big day can take a toll on you. From making a guest list to sending out invites, to coordinating with vendors, it can get pretty hectic. Luckily for you, you’ve already crossed off one important thing on that long list – finding the perfect wedding dress.
All that’s left to do now is making sure it stays in pristine condition for when you walk down the aisle. After all, you wouldn’t want to show up on your wedding day with a creased or worse, yellowed gown.
The thing is, you don’t know squat about how to preserve wedding dresses. There’s no need to fret. You’d be glad to know, you don’t need to be a professional to pull it off. It’s easier than one might think. Here are a few things you can follow to maintain and preserve the quality of your wedding dress.
Follow proper hygiene
The key to preserving a wedding dress lies in the preparation. Before you can even think of touching that dress, you should make sure to wash your hands thoroughly. Not only are our hands and body naturally oily, but they might also contain other substances such as makeup, perfume, or lotion that can be transferred onto the dress.
Some might even tell you to take a shower and wear it for good measure. Whatever your preference might be, the most important thing to note is we don’t want to damage and stain your dress.
Use fabric garment bags
Since you’ll be wearing your dress within the next few weeks or months, you will want to store your dress in a fabric garment bag. Plastic garment bags release chemicals and can cause the fabric of your dress to turn yellow. So, if your dress came in a plastic garment bag from the shop, make sure to swap it out for a fabric one.
Opt for padded hangers
You might unknowingly damage your beautiful dress by using thin plastic hangers. First off, they are prone to breakage which can potentially snag on your dress. Second, they easily deform if used on heavier garments which could then crease your dress in the wrong places. Padded hangers, on the other hand, help avoid scrapes and scratches on delicate fabric such as silk and satin. They also reduce overall fabric stress and keep your dress from stretching.
Hang your train separately
It is important to remember that wedding trains, especially long ones can weigh up to 3 pounds or more. If your dress comes with a long train, it would be best to hang it separately from your dress. This is to avoid putting additional weight and stress on your wedding dress.
Avoid overhandling your dress
While it can be very tempting to keep on looking at and trying on your lovely dress, it might do more harm than good. Constantly handling your dress increases the risk of accidental stains and/or damage. To keep it immaculate, take out your dress only when necessary. Of course, it wouldn’t hurt to check on it a few times to make sure that everything is as it should be.
Ask the professionals
While all the suggestions above would surely help you preserve your dress, we also need to acknowledge that every dress is one of a kind. Some fabrics might be more delicate than others. Some embellishments might require a special way of handling. This is why it is vital to ask your dress designer for any specific instructions you need to follow for your unique dress.
As you can see, A Preserve wedding gown is not at all difficult. You just need to put in the right amount of care and attention that your dress deserves. Now you can relax knowing that your dress has been given the best treatment and is tucked away safely, ready for your big day.
As a final note, keep in mind that the techniques we mentioned work best for short-term storage. After your wedding day, it is still best that you look into preserving your dress long term. This way, you can be assured that your dress will remain in the best condition in the years to come.