(Closed) Storing a dress for one year

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
192 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Can you leave it at the store until it is time for you to get alterations? I am getting married next August and just bought my dress a few weeks ago, luckily they let me keep the dress there until it is time to take home after alterations. Hopefully you can do the same! 

Post # 4
2584 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Does the store you bought it from have any kind of storage? Almost all the stores I’ve been to offer free fire-proof storage until the wedding, assuming you get it fitted there (or until the fitting if you don’t). Some places might charge extra but it’s something to look into.

Post # 5
2891 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

The only thing to watch for in storing it at a store is that some stores let others try on your dress. A friend of mine had her dress ruined that way. She found out a month before her wedding. It was a catastrophe.

Post # 7
1020 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I hung my dress in a doorway in my parents’ house with a white sheet wrapped around it for over a year before the wedding. After the wedding, it sat draped over the back of a chair uncovered for over a year and after we got it cleaned, it’s stil totally fine.

Post # 8
114 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I am in a similar situation.  My dress is in a dress bag and hanging in my parents closet.  The store even said it shouldn’t be a problem, and I’m not really that worried.  Nothing has happened in the past couple of months and, as long as it isn’t exposed to the elements and remains tucked safely away, a nice dry-clean should do the trick.

Post # 9
6247 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 1900

I also already bought my dress yet my wedding isn’t until Sept 2012.  The bridal salon offered to store it for me for a flat fee ($50), offering me protection against fire/water damage.  I opted to take my dress home though.  The salon is more than an hour away from my house, and it was so crowded I really didn’t feel comfortable leaving my dress there.  Plus, I posted a similar thread a few weeks ago and some Bees mentioned a few horror stories, so I got scared.  Some of the Bees mentioned bridal salons that let other girls try on your dress that you already paid for (!!).  Some people I talked to were concerned that with the economy so unstable, the salon could go out of business overnight, regardless of how long they have been around. 

Anyways, the salon sold me a breathable garmet bag ($20) and told me to hang the dress in a “well lived in” room (meaning not a basement or attic).  My dress now resides at my grandparents house where I know it is safe and being cared for properly.  Nothing personal against the bridal salon I bought my dress from, in fact they were more than understanding about why I wanted to take my dress home.  I just feel better knowing my dress is under the care of my family… and it’s close enough to me that I can go try it on anytime I want! 🙂

Post # 10
200 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I have a similar issue, I have about a year to store my dress.  It’s a silk organza gown, and the wednet article doesn’t specifically mention organza.  Do we think this is also a candidate for under-the-bed treatment?

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