Post # 1
I just got my dress on July 1st, and my wedding isn’t until June 1st of next year! So what to do with my Maggie until then?
I played around on Google a bit this morning, and found a few sites that I’ve not only bookmarked, but actually printed! I’m sure that I’m not the only bride out there that has had to worry about long term storage of her dress before her big day, so I thought I’d share what I found.
What about you, hive? Have any of you had to store your dress long term before the wedding? What did you do? What sites did you find helpful?
ETA: I can’t leave the dress at the shop. I live in Cali but flew home to FL to order it, and the wedding is here in Cali, so keeping it at the shop is out of the picture!
Post # 3
I already have my dress for my July 2012 wedding. My bridal store is holding on to it until I absolutely need it. The dress is covered under their insurance jic anything happens to it. I would hate to take it home and have it ruined for one reason or another. At least this way I am covered
Post # 3
I heard them tell a friend of mine (upon picking up her gown)
To keep it in the bag, in the dark and dont hang it on the hanger, because the weight of the gown can pull and lose its shape.
Post # 4
Mine already came in for my June 2012 wedding! I am also leaving mine at the store, I trust that they deal with this all the time 🙂
Post # 5
@CupCakeMeg: Did they say how to store it though? Like laying down? How would you store it besides hanging it up?
Post # 6
I would find somewhere you can lay it flat, for sure, because those things are heavy! (if you don’t have pets, I would recommend under the bed). And the second thing I would recommend is to try hard not to try it on too often! I got a spot on the bust of my gown from trying it on before the wedding 🙁
Post # 7
I’ve already had my dress for a year and have another year to go until the wedding (I was really worried about storing too). My dress is in a breathable wedding gown bag (that the store provided), gently folded on the top shelf of the wardrobe. Every 2 months I take it out of the wardrobe and give it a gentle shake/ hang it straight on the door (to ensure no deep folds occur) for about 5 minutes. So far, the dress is still in great condition.
p.s. I also asked the bridal store about storage before I took it home and thats what she recommended. If you’re not sure, I’d call the shop and ask 🙂
Post # 8
@MrsNeutrino: Unfortunately, I can’t leave my dress at the shop. I live in NorCal, the wedding is in SoCal, and I ordered the dress from FL. (My mom wanted to buy my dress and rightly wanted to be there when she purchased it!)
@CupCakeMeg: really? Everything I’ve read has said not to keep it in plastic bag :/ Plastic will hold in moisture and might discolor the dress.
~The two most common things I’ve seen are to wrap/roll it in a clean unbleached white sheet and store it in a box, or more specifically, fold it with acid-free tissue between folds, and store in an acid-free cardboard box.
~Also, by keeping it in a frequently used room vs an attic or basement, you’re ensuring that it does not suffer any weather extremes like moisture or excessive heat.
Post # 9
@MrsNeutrino: Same here, after it comes in the boutique stores it where it is protected and covered under their insurance. They will steam it right before I pick it up.
There is no way I want to risk having it hanging around our house!
Post # 10
I added a second shelf to my front hall closet just for my dress. It’s with the seamstress right now, but it’ll go up there when it’s done.
My second dress is in the box it arrived in right now. I’ll lay it out once the first dress comes home (I’m trying to hide it from my FI).
The lower shelf is pretty much full of wedding “stuf” (completed projects, our Save-The-Date Cards, sparklers, etc).
Post # 11
@FutureMrsSitler: I went home to FL to order it. I’m now wishing I had flown my mom to Cali to buy it, but I can’t change the past!
@Leprechaun: we have two dogs, but they aren’t allowed in our bedroom anyways. That’s good advice, though! Oh, I would probably end up doing that too, so sorry! Were you able to get the spot out?
@LaraW: Thanks! I’ll have to call them soon and see if they can send me a breathable bag. The box they shipped it in just has the dress rolled up in what looks to be a regular plastic bag :/
Post # 12
@Jeannine @ Small Chic: But how do you plan on storing it? Are you leaving it in the box wrapped in plastic, will you be wrapping it in a sheet?
Post # 13
@WineAndCupcakes: My big, poufy dress is from a high end salon and they gave me a fabric garmet bag for it.
The other one is currently in plastic, but I’ll be transferring it to a fabric bag.
Post # 14
@WineAndCupcakes: It was a super small spot, so I decided I would probably do more damage trying to remove it. No one else seemed to notice it except for me. I was so worried my mom would notice it though, because she kept warning me not to try it on so much! I did NOT need an “I told you so” on the day of the wedding. Luckily, she never noticed.
Post # 15
Mine isn’t hasn’t come in yet, but mine will be stored at the bridal shop until the wedding.