Post # 1
Hi ladies- I have a question about how to store my dress now that the wedding is over, but haven’t quite been able to find an answer. Let me say that I loved wearing my dress on my rainy wedding day, and I wore that baby hard! We’re talking mud/grass stains on the train and hem and some tears down the front (I climbed on top of a giant deer statue… long story LOL). Anyway, I definitely want to keep it, but I also don’t want it to be tucked away where I never get to see it.
During my dress fittings, my seamstress told me that she never got her dress preserved, and that every anniversary she puts it on and dances in her living room. I thought that was a great idea! My question is, if I want to take it out and look at it every year, or even try it on again for fun, can I not have the dress preserved and just keep it in a (non-plastic) garment bag in the closet?
I should also mention the dress is not white, it is silver satin (although it does have white embroidery). Do I still need to worry about yellowing if it’s not preserved? I really just dont want it to be in a box where I never get to see it. I am going to get it cleaned though. Advice?
Post # 3
So there are 2 things. One is dry cleaning it and yes you’ll definetly want to do that if you’re keeping it. Even if there are no stains on it, there are probably sweat stains that will show over time.
The second is getting it preserved, which means that it’s put in a big bridal box and stuffed with acid free tissue paper etc… These boxes usually have a window so you can see your dress through the box. You can still take it out, but that means you need to re-stuff it with the tissue paper and lay it in the box and tape the box back up.
You can dry clean it and just hang it in a breathable garment bag, however if you want to keep it this may not be a great idea. I have heard that it’s not a good idea o hang a dress for long periods of time.. it gets out of shape especially if the dressis heavy.
Post # 4
I’m pretty skeptical of the whole gown preservation thing, actually, and don’t plan on doing it myself. I would have your dress thoroughly cleaned, repair the tears, etc., but if you’re not thrilled about the idea of gown preservation, skip it! An area of the budget that’s supremely easy to cut.
Post # 5
@KCKnd2: I was really skeptical about the preservation process too!
My dress is my mom’s dress. She had it in a plastic garment back for 30 years, so it was yellowed at the top. I got it dry cleaned and they did a nice job with trying to get the yellow out, but you could still tell that there was some there. The dress had sleeves though, so with my alterations in making it spaghetti strap, most of the yellow we got rid of.
My seamstress told me to just get it cleaned again and she made a breathable “garment bag” out of a plain white sheet for me. She said that if anything, the sheet should yellow, but the fabric inside should stay ok. I guess we’ll see in a few years if it’s starting to yellow or not!
Post # 6
I haven’t done anything with mine…. it is just hanging in my closet. I should probably get it cleaned eventually….
Post # 7
Cool, thanks for the tips! I think I’m going to get it professionally cleaned (will still cost a pretty penny) but will skip the preservation part of it, which would cost a lot more. I still have the bust form and bridal bag that the shop gave it to me in, so maybe I can keep it in that.
Post # 8
Mine is hanging in my closet as well taking up valuable place. I need to get it cleaned (it’s been a year now) so I can store it at my mom’s. 🙂