Post # 1
i bought a beautiful used wedding dress online (alvina valenta 9758) but the bag that it came in was ripped and i need to get a new one 🙁
it’s got layers of tulle and is super fluffy, so i don’t know what kind of bag is good to get that’ll fit and not tear.
i saw this one on amazon (http://www.amazon.com/White-Bridal-Wedding-Garment-Gusset/dp/B003G5GU3W) but it has one review, which is negative.
has anyone bought a garment bag for their ballgown / princess style wedding gown? my wedding’s not for another year, so i need to store it under my bed for a while.
Post # 3
@flurrsprite: My sister needed another one. She just went to a local bridal shop and they sold her one for $25. It’s worth a shot near you.
Post # 3
maybe you can try a bridal shop!
Post # 4
ahh, good idea, i’ll look around some more! google turned up david’s bridal’s bag that you can buy for $10, but i heard it’s kind of cheapy, plus it doesn’t look like i can mash a ton of tulle into it haha! 🙂
Post # 5
I have a pretty full skirt and the Davids bag has plenty more room in it.
I think it was only $10 or $15 at the store.
Post # 6
Any bridal size garment bag will work; however, if you have all the wrinkles steamed/pressed out of it, the best thing to do is wrap it in a couple of queen or king size sheets; one for the back and one for the front. You can use safety pins to pin the sheets to each other. You will want to slide the back sheet on first and fold the two top corners over the front of your gown, so that they meet each other; pin them. Then do the same for the front and then pin the sheets where needed to cover your gown. I hope that made sense.
Post # 7
@thefuturemrsrowe it does? ooh, good to know… maybe i’ll run out there and take a look at least 🙂
@noritake22: yes, that makes sense! i’ve heard about using sheets to wrap your dress in… but i keep hearing to do that and then put it in a bag. do you think you can skip the bag if it’s wrapped in sheets?
Post # 8
As long as you arent going to be transporting it more than once (I would then put a giant garbage bag around it just in case) and its in a safe dry place, the sheets should be fine. I have a big poofy dress (organza layers, long train) and the DB bag fit it fine, but the zipper came off the bag within a week. Dont know if it was just a bad bag, but my mom bought one at the dollar tree. Its not breathable, so I will be replacing it soon with one my sister has from her wedding dress she got preserved. If its not too long that might be an economical way,and if you are getting it cleaned and preserved you wont have to worry abotu anything happening to it.
Post # 9
@noritake22: Wow, thanks for this! I was just searching for a place to buy a bag…but the sheet idea is much better because my dress is all pressed and ready to go. Perfect.
Post # 10
Amazon.com sells bridal garment bags and they have them in colors.
Post # 11
@flurrsprite: I got one of DB’s bags because I have a lot of formals (don’t ask, but no not 27 of them! lol) and I can fit about 7 formals in there with plenty of room! And one of the dresses has a pretty full skirt for just a formal.
However, actively using that bag for about 5 years now, it’s starting to die on me. But for a wedding dress, it would be fine.
Post # 12
I actually found one at Kmart last week on sale for about $3.00! ANd it is perfect fora big poufy dress (mine has a ballerina skirt made of tulle and is very big too:))
Post # 13
This is mendo kusai! I spent a life in pageants so I know all about transporting pouffy dresses
You CAN buy larger gussetted bags from bridal and pageant stores but nothing is really enough, honestly after years of doing this, here is what we do… put it in as best as you can and when you arrive take it out right away.
The best bags I ever had came from a furrier they were fabric and large, you can start with one of those and then add to it if you like but I am telling you, there really is no point, you have to travel as best as you can and open it when not travelling. Some are best stored splayed out at the waist and with the bodice stuffed with tissue (I know, I know)
Tulle is very forgiving and will sort itself out overnight. When you have the most trouble is when you travel from a humid environment then bag it and then it gets “pressed” but still, it will come back every time, trust me, and you will have to teach your little maids to fluff out your dress constantly before your big walk. Do you have a crinoline too? I can teach you about crinolines if you need.
One of my sister’s dresses lived in a fur box (I got it from Neiman Marcus) under my bed for YEARS when we were not traveling with it. They will give you one if you buy a fur but to purchase one I think its like $90, no need you can make one unless you want the gorgeous NM box tucked under your bed.
Trust me tulle is very forgiving, you can smush it into a ball and it will come back , try hanging it upside down in a steamy bathroom if you dont have loads of beading. I am willing to be of more help if you need, I’ve got 20 years of experience with this but I think you are just not familiar and therefore concerned.
By The Way, I did all my bridesmaids at my first wedding in tulle skirts (14 bridesmaids) one stuffed her dress into a suitcase back to Osaka and wore it for a piano recital a week later.
Post # 14
AMAZON! They have a huge selection. When I was looking for a bag, I found many with extra-large gussets, made out of fabric, some that were water-resistant, etc.
Post # 16
@noritake22: I’ve got the same problem, and your idea is great. Thank-you!
Just a follow-up question though: I’ve got pets so storing my dress under my bed isn’t going to work so well. I know that this is not a particularly reasonable thing to ask, but does anyone have any suggestions for where to keep it once it’s in sheets?