Post # 1
Ello’ Bees! It’s been quite some time. I haz a question for you….
I’ve been married for over a year now, and it dawned on me that I should probably get my gown out of the icky plastic that it’s been hanging in. Bad panda! (I did get it cleaned shortly after the wedding though)
The gown is very heavy and poofy. So, the ideal preservation would be acid free box + acid free tissue paper to prevent it from stretching with time etc. But such boxes seem to be pretty pricey!
My question is: Could i get by with a muslin garmet bag? I was hoping laying it flat every now and then would prevent stretching. I have enough room in my closet to hang but storing a huge box…that would take some creativity.
I’m curious to also hear how you are storing your dress + where you purchased your boxes/bags?
Post # 3
I’m not gonna store my to say, im thinking about “paying it forward” and passing it along to a bride who cant afford their “dream” dress. and all im going to ask from that bride is that she does the same.
Post # 4
@graygodess20: That’s awesome! I had a few opportunities to get rid of my dress, but just couldn’t get myself to let it go.
Post # 5
I’m gonna see if I can have my chiffon, flowy, one shoulder dress dyed black and made into a cute lil black dress
Post # 6
I still have not done it yet, my dress has been in the plastic bag for 2 months but I plan to buy the acid free wedding dress box with tissue and do it myself
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Post # 8
Ha– mine is hanging in my child hood closet, still unwashed from 2 years ago, next to my sister’s wedding gown, hanging, unwashed, from 3 years ago. It just never seemed worth it to pay a couple of hundred collars to have it cleaned and preserved– for what? I know if I have a daughter she won’t want to wear it. But this way my other sisters can try it on when they get engaged or something.
Both the dresses are in the cloth garment backs they came in.
Post # 9
Have you thought about having parts of the dress made into a baby quilt? Or a christening gown or something like that?
I’m having the train removed from my dress(will just drag in the sand and annoy me all night), but I’m gonna ask if I can keep the remaining cloth to use later on in a baby quilt.
Post # 10
@foodnerd81: oh, you just made me feel so much better about my dress hanging in the closet, unwashed!
Post # 11
@foodnerd81: I was forced to have mine washed asap seeing one of our highly intoxicated guests decided to spill red wine all over me. It cleaned up nicely, but it definitely wasn’t cheap.
Post # 12
@nursemel: Yep, hence I’d like to keep it in pristine condition for such possible things. If the train isn’t bustled properly, it can definitely be a pain.
Post # 13
I had my dress cleaned and preserved and they packaged my HUGE dress in a reasonably sized box (I have no idea how) with a viewing window (and cover to protect from the sun). It cost about $200.00 but well worth the piece of mind, plus it is very easy to store and isn’t taking up my precious closet space.
Post # 14
I’m responding to I can come back to check, as I’m not sure what to do with mine. I’m also thinking of doing a cloth garment bag. My dress was dirty, and I washed it in my machine and it came out clean and beautiful.
Post # 15
I’m in the “Hanging in the closet, unwashed” group. I didn’t pay a lot for my dress so I don’t want to pay to have it cleaned or preserved. So for now it’s just hanging there.
Post # 16
I have a hook on the top of my closet door and my dress is there, with the cardboard inserts in the bust area so it sort of looks like it’s on a mannequin. It also kind of looks like I put it there on purpose for decoration – at least that’s what I tell myself to excuse my laziness lol.
I bought one of those boxes where you ship your dress off to be cleaned and they preserve it for you but I obviously haven’t gotten around to doing that.
I like it where it is, though. I still admire it when I go into my closet.