Post # 1
Well, I’m a moron. My dress is in (yay!) and I get to try it on/take it home (double yay!) this Saturday–my birthday (triple yay)!
But, I got so caught up in my happiness that I didn’t think about where in the world I’m going to store it. I have about 10 months until my wedding (so I won’t be needing alterations until about 6 months from now), so I definitely am not keeping it at the salon for $30/month.
Here’s the sitch:
- My mom (who lives two hours away) will be coming to see me in the dress for the first time (again, yay!); I am thinking of asking her to store it at her house, but she is going to an event in the city right after seeing me in the dress, so I don’t feel comfortable with her leaving it in the car for a few hours downtown.
- Since it’s my birthday, I will be going to brunch after my fitting. So, I can’t schlep a giant, expensive wedding gown to a restaurant. Nor would I want to.
- My car’s a piece of crap and is sitting in the garage at the moment, so we are using FIs more fuel efficient car. If I am at brunch (with the girls, so he won’t be there), I absolutely do not want him carrying the dress into the car, drive it home, and then hang it up in the closet. Who knows if he’ll peek while I’m out?
So I guess I’m just looking for suggestions, because I feel like an idiot for not thinking about logistics.
Post # 3
@jwdesiree: do you have a friend that can take it?
I was worried about this…I live with FI, and our closet is not big enough to fit my dress, and no coat closet so IF my dress ever gets done, I have to find a spot to store mine for a few days.
Post # 4
@beautifulmama28: I was thinking about that, but I just didn’t… I dunno… wanna put them out or make them feel like they have to, you know? Something to consider for sure…
Post # 5
@jwdesiree: yeah I hear ya…I dont really have a friend I can ask, I’m considering putting mine in our RV, its clean and at least will be covered lol I have no relatives near by (all over 3+ to 13+ hours away) so thats out.
GL …I’m sure you will find a spot 🙂
Post # 6
Can your mom just lay it down in her trunk while she’s downtown? That way it won’t be visible in the backseat.
Edited to add: If you’re not comfortable with that, could you leave it at the salon for a few hours? Then your mom could pick it up after her event and take it back to her house.
Post # 7
My plan is to have my parents hang it up in my childhood bedroom (which is currently my mom’s craft room), but they live an hour away and I’ll miss it. Plus they’ve had a mouse problem lately (they live in the country) and I’m worried about a mouse nesting in my dress!
Or all of my BMs parents live nearby – they all offered to store it for me in my BMs bedrooms since my BMs live all over the country. One of my BMs sister’s actually lives next door to me, and she and her husband offered as well, but they have a big dog so I don’t think I want to do that…
Post # 8
Mine is hanging in our guest bedroom. My fiance walked in there one day and kind of freaked out when he saw it and said something like “why didn’t you tell me it was in here?”. Ummm, because it’s in an opaque bag and you can’t see anything. Duh.
Do you honestly think he would peek? I feel like most guys don’t care enough to do that or at least realize the importance that most girls put on the fact that they shouldn’t see it until the wedding. If so, just tell him you do not want him to peek and that you trust him not to. Put emphasis on the word “trust” lol
Post # 9
right now (and since november), it’s been in the garment bag it came in, hanging on the back of the door in my parents’ guest room, and i haven’t seen it aside from the couple times we’ve been home. this summer it will move, since my brother will be moving back home and into the room where it is. i think i may actually move it and put it in the closet at my grandparents’ house. it’ll be safer there. and it’ll be away from me so i can’t try it on every day. i know that for the few weeks it was here with me, i tried it on like, 6 times.
Post # 10
The store kept mine free of charge from August (when it came in) until the Thursday before the wedding … I thought that was more common but I guess not.
Post # 11
Mine is living in the closet of our guest room. With EXPLICT instrutions to FI not to look at touch or think about it!
Post # 12
@jwdesiree: I’d just ask the dress shop to hold it until the weekend and then go back with your mom to pick it up. That will allow you to enjoy your birthday without the stress, and you can try it on in the salon for you mom. It also gives you time to decide if you want to keep it at your place or at your mom’s place.
You didn’t mention trouble with it fitting into your closet, but if there is trouble, hang it from the ceiling, or a high point, of your closet. That’s what I did with my gown and it hasn’t caused too much problems with getting my other clothes. J-hooks/ceiling hooks/screw hooks make the world go round!
(Ask for the hardware section of your local tool/building supply store.)
Post # 13
@CurlyTop24: I was thinking about doing that. She said she’s fine with taking it if there is no alternative, so this is a definite possibility. Thanks for the input 🙂
@StL.Ashley: Yeah, aside from feeling like putting my BMs/friends out, most of the either live out-of-state, have a dog, and/or have roommates! So I hear ya! Mouse problem, though, yeesh!
@Trixxie_90: and @IzzyBear: I think this is exactly what I’m going to do, actually. I don’t think I have a problem with him peeking… when I asked if he wanted to do a “first look,” he adamantly said “no” and swore up and down that it would curse our wedding. So, yeah, I think if anything he’ll be like your FI and freak out when he first opens the guest bedroom closet and sees the “dress.” Haha. (I guess I didn’t realize it was so common for women to store their dresses at home… thank you both for assuaging my irrational fears :))
@colorofmyheart: Haha, did you really try it on all the time? I’m kind of nervous about doing that… especially after a few glasses of wine. And wedding dress + wine = NO BUENO! 🙂
@hartmamp: Lucky! I would looooove for my shop to do that! I guess if I have any problems, I can store it there for a couple of months, but I don’t want to spend an extra $300, you know?
@MissPurplePurl: I think (?) I should be good with closet space/height. But if it gets to the point where I do need hardware, I will have to spill the beans to FI because he’s a carpenter and I’m afraid of what damage I would cause if someone trusted me with a hammer/screwdriver 😛
Thanks, ladies! You’ve really helped!!
Post # 14
Long story but I actually bought my dress 8 years ago and it’s been hanging in my mom’s sewing room ever since. The store I bought it from gave me this big speech about how it had to be stored in a certain way or it’d yellow… It’s been a regular white dress bag right across from a window for 8 years and it looks brand new. 🙂
Post # 15
Mine is in the closet since I have no family around that would help keep the dress… so my FH already see it but he insists on not seeing me in it until the day of… I wanted to be traditional too but it was a big purchase so it didnt feel right to buy without making sure that he likes it so I did show him pictures of the dress before buying.
Post # 16
@jwdesiree: i did, haha. i kinda love it. so a lot of the time when my fiance was gone, i’d try it on and wear it around the apartment. and when people came to visit, i had to show it off. it’s a good thing that it’s over 500 miles away. plus, this way, i don’t look at it all the time. less chance for dress regret.