(Closed) Storing my dress BEFORE the wedding

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
293 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I’ve had my dress in hand since last February and we’re not getting married until this coming September. Before we moved, we had the space for me to hang it in the dress bag in our living room closet. Now, we don’t have much closet space, or storage period. So it’s in the dress bag in a big plastic tote bin in our laundry room. I didn’t have anywhere else to put it. Honestly, I think as long as any structure in it will be safe, you could store it that way. You’ll probably have to steam it anyway, since I’m sure it has some wrinkles in it just from being shipped and stored.

Post # 3
140 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

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tmilligan10:  hi date twin! I’m wondering the same thing as mine should be here any day now!

Post # 4
2133 posts
Buzzing bee

Mine has been hanging in a dress bag from my closet’s trim. Lol closet isn’t big enough to store it… As PP said, anywhere is fine as long as it’s not a damp place. You’ll have to get it steamed regardless…

Post # 5
2803 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Mines been in the bag at my mom’s house since I got it. I wanted it someplace away from Fiance, and where it wouldn’t just be stuffed in a closet (not that that matters) 

Post # 7
579 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I kept mine folded in the box it came in (a bog standard cardboard box, just with the designer’s name on it) and drove it to my parents’ for the wedding a couple months later, me and mum steamed it to get rid of storage creases, then hung it up for the couple of days before the wedding. (Under a sheet in case D wandered in, haha).

Post # 8
219 posts
Helper bee

I also have my dress already. The woman who worked at the bridal store I bought it from said to store it folded in one of those plastic bins that can fit under your bed or in a closet. She said don’t hang it because it could warp the fabric from hanging for so long. It probably depends on the fabric, mine is 100% silk. So it’s folded in a closet in my parents house somewhere. 

Post # 9
1502 posts
Bumble bee

All wedding dresses need to be steamed prior to you wearing it, so how it’s “laid” in the special breathable garment bag should not really matter.  I had two wedding dresses and two reception gowns for both of my weddings, and one I had to keep in my home for almost 1.5 yrs before the date and the other the store kept it stored for me.

For all of my dresses, I kept it hung on the hanger since it came with the garment straps inside for hanging (one was a huge mermaid with a very long train and the other was a big fit/flare ball gown type dress with an even bigger train).  If your dress is really heavily beaded (like one of mine was) then I don’t recommend folding it into a bin since there is a chance you could make some of the beading loose.  For my wedding dress I had to keep in my home, I actually just kept it zipped up in two separate breathable garment bags (I’m paranoid like that) and made sure there was ZERO moisture/humidity and smell in the closet.  It worked out perfectly and my dress was kept safe and in the exact same condition as when I first brought it home.  Even with the heavy long trains, I never had to store it with the dress bustled (since the bottom of both my dresses were tulle I was told never to store it bustled since there was a big chance I could accidentally rip the bustle & tulle while trying to take it out of the bag/putting it on).  Also, once my seamstress was done with the alterations, she carefully wrapped the bottom of my dress in a special way so that the bottom would not get wrinkled.  

Make sure the closet you store your dress in has enough room to hold your wedding dress.  What you don’t want is to cram it into a tight space, you need to make sure it has enough room to “breathe” while it’s being stored.  Also, one of the bees mentioned keeping her dress in the living room closet.  I don’t recommend this because you should keep your dress in a non-high traffic area where there is ZERO chance of anyone accidentally touching or moving it in any way.  Also, you want to keep it stored where you can prevent cooking smells/fried oil smell from being able to penetrate your dress.  I recommend an unused guest bedroom closet or your own bedroom where you can keep the door closed  whenever you cook in your home.  One of my friends kept her wedding dress and Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses stored at her parents’ guest bedroom, and because they love to cook all those oil smells, etc got embedded into all of the dresses because they did not keep the bedroom door closed to keep out the smell while they cooked. (you don’t notice how strong the cooking smells are on your clothes until it’s time to put the dress on)  

Post # 10
64 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I got mine earlier this month, and my wedding isn’t until October. I kept it in the garment bag it came in, folded it in half, and put it on the top shelf of my closet cause it’s the only place it (kinda) fits. My dress is quite light weight, so I could probably get away with just hanging it, but I don’t want to risk it, just in case the fabric could get stretched from long term hanging. The material doesn’t wrinkle or crease at all, so I’m not worried at all about keeping it folded, and won’t have to worry about having it steamed either. 

Post # 12
470 posts
Helper bee

I got mine from DB too early as well. I have it in the garment bag, and laying out on the bed in my room at my parents’ house. Their really neat freaks though, so I’m not worried about getting anything on it. To be honest, I’d be worried about the weight of the dress; folding it (as suggested above) seems to be better than leaving it hanging.

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