How to Preserve Your Wedding Dress
If you take as much care in preserving your dress as you did in choosing it, it can be enjoyed as a family heirloom for generations to come.
Things You'll Need
- Plastic Bags
- Plastic bags
- Acid-free Boxes
Save the bag your dress came in, or bring along a plastic bag to protect the dress en route to the cleaner.
Select a professional dry cleaner, preferably one that specializes in formal gowns. Ask for recommendations from friends and your bridal shop or seamstress.
Get the dress to the cleaner as soon as possible after your wedding.
Alert the cleaner to any stains - a drop of bubbly, a smudge of lipstick from that first kiss - as well as to any ornaments that were glued rather than sewn on (these pieces are prone to fall off during the cleaning process) and to loose stitches. This information will ensure that your cleaner can give your dress the best care possible.
Ask your cleaner for a special acid-free box to store your dress in, and pack it in acid-free tissue paper. You can also hang the dress by the bodice by sewing straps that are a bit shorter than the bodice onto the waist, placing on a padded hanger and wrapping in a clean white cotton sheet.
Store the dress in a temperate, dry place, out of direct sunlight.
Inspect your dress on each anniversary to check for any discolored areas or missed stains and to allow your dress to "breathe."
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