Post # 1
So I got a letter in my mail that my dress came in! Which is great and all… only I was under the impression that they delayed my order so that it would come in next March. Yup. Seeing as I’m not getting married for another 10+ months, I didn’t want to worry about storing my dress for an especially long period of time, since the boutique will not hold it for me. I know I was obnoxiously early and ordered this thing in June/July (I’m blaming my mom…), but I thought I had this worked out.
I’m not actually annoyed, though I feel I should be. I’m honestly too excited to see the dress and try it on… I had been getting quite anxious/impatient about waiting.
Anyway, I guess my question is- for those of you who got a dress super early, where/how did you store it? Did you have any issues?
I’m going to pick it up Wednesday, and I have no idea how it will be packaged. Hopefully in a box and I can slide it under a bed in my parents house. Did you have to worry about any sort of discoloration from being in storage for so long? How easy was your access to the dress? I’ll want to break it out to show my brother once he’s home from school, and my inlaws the next time they’re in town.
Thanks in advance for your help 🙂
Post # 3
@September29: I brought my dress to another boutique that will be doing my alterations (they were so much nicer than where I purchased it). They’re storing it for me for $1/month. For a 20 month engagement, that’s a heck of a deal 🙂 Maybe see if somewhere else will store your gown for a reasonable price.
Post # 4
In general dresses should be stored laying flat so that they don’t lose their shape. This is important if the dress is made from heavy material or has boning. My wedding was pushed back a year so my dress has been in storage for awhile… You could buy a dress box with acid free sheets to store it in. The paper helps to keep the dress from discoloration. I have mine laying flat in a room at my FMIL’s house with a white sheet around it. That has seemed to be just fine for my dress for the last year.
ETA: I should add that using a new white bed sheet was something the dress shop suggested to me. I was also told that I should take it out of storage two weeks before the wedding and hang it up so that it can get the maximum volume back after laying flat.
Post # 5
I actually got a call on Thursday letting me know that my dress came in…4 months early as well! They had originally told me that the dress would take 6-7 months to come in so I hurried up and ordered it a little over a month ago.
But I am in luck because the bridal salon where I purchased my dress from stores my dress for free until the day of the wedding so I wasn’t worried about it at all. If I were you, I would store it in a dark closet (light makes white turn yellow, assuming your dress is white). Hopefully your dress came in a plastic covering so there us no chance of dust or anything getting on it.
Also, see if you can store it at another birdal salon. My cousin had this same problem and a bridal salon in a neighboring town held her dressnfor $10 a month. Good luck, hope you find somewhere to store it!
Post # 6
@JM1217: @NDBee: I had no idea you could even do that… thank you for the tip! I’ll have to call around to some other boutiques :). And JM that’s too funny that the same thing happened to you!
@FloretteLiz: I don’t have any crazy boning, which is good- but there is a lot of beading. So we’ll see what happens there. I’ll definitely look into acid-free paper if it’s not already included with my dress. And that’s a really great tip about the sheet, thank you!