Post # 1
Several weeks ago my boyfriend (we’re still dating) broke off our engagement. I had already bought a dress at that point. Now I need to store the dress somehow but I’ll only need it stored probably for a year at the longest.
So my question is this:
Do I REALLY need to pack it in acid free paper just for twelve months? It’s already been cleaned and all that, but I just don’t see the point of paying somebody 100 bucks to stuff it into a box with fancy paper. How long does it take for the dress to start yellowing? Can I just box it up myself?
Post # 3
The dress should hold up just fine over the year. I keep my dresses in a plastic dress bag and then I have a privacy cloth bag over the top. One of the two should have come with your dress when you bought it from the dress shop. The three things that you have to worry about are
1) moisture – when I have kept dresses in storage before – I just put damp rid near by. (you can buy this at Target) Do not put that against the dress. Near by is fine. If you live where there is a lot of moisture – like on the beach – you may want to take it out of the plastic bag so that moisture does not get trapped inside. – This would only be when you are in a high humidity area. Tarnishing may be an issue if you have silver beads/or silver paint in beads on your wedding dress. They should not tarnish in a year but again it depends on the moisture in your area.
2) bugs – this is an issue usually only when stored outside. Most people have their homes under control for this. Just be careful where you are storing it.
3) smells – you may just want to air out the dress once in a while if you find that it is getting musty. Like you have left it in a closet without a lot of circulation. This would be a space you do not go into much. If worse comes to worse…. Dry cleaning usually takes care of this.
All of these things are a little extreme – my vote is just go out and by some damp rid. If anything, it will make you feel better.
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