Your wedding day is one of the most important and memorable events in your life, and your dress is probably a large part of what made it so special. Let’s be frank, you probably shelled out quite a bit of money for your gorgeous gown, so you’re going to want to keep it pristine. Maybe you’ll gift it to your daughter or a close female relative to wear at their wedding, or maybe you just want to look at it every now and then and remember one of the most magical days of your life.
But wedding dresses are often fragile and difficult to keep clean—which doesn’t always pair well with the desire to keep them around. After splurging on a wedding, you’re not likely to want to invest another thousand dollars in protecting your gown. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of some easy-to-follow tips for wedding dress preservation.
Get it Cleaned
Don’t be fooled—despite their overall delicacy, a lot of wedding dresses take quite a beating during the reception. Eating, drinking, and dancing exact a toll on a dress, particularly if it’s white or another light color, so getting it cleaned after your wedding is an absolute must.
A clean dress makes storing it—and keeping it in pristine condition—that much easier, but the elaborate beadwork, embellishments, and additional fabric on many wedding dresses can make cleaning them yourself very difficult. You can try to spot-clean the occasional wine stain, but it’s exceptionally difficult to spruce up the most elaborate gowns yourself.
So, we recommend you invest in wedding dress cleaning early on—after the wedding and before the honeymoon, if possible—to ensure any stains are quickly taken care of.
If you only hire a professional once during your preservation efforts, do it here.
Protect the Dress
We know you wouldn’t dream of just throwing your gown on a hanger and sandwiching it in your closet between winter coats and the skirt you inherited from Aunt Esmeralda. Hanging a heavy wedding dress can distort its shape and leave it exposed to the elements, which is is a fabric tragedy waiting to happen. But you can’t just shove a dress in an attic or under the bed with no protection, either.
What’s a bride to do?
A large garment bag is better than nothing, but if you can afford it, spring for a proper chest or, at the very least, a sturdy, waterproof box. Wrap the dress in pre-washed, colorless fabric and place it gently in the chest. Wrapping it in colorful paper or print fabric can lead to color transfer—believe us, you don’t want that.
Store the box in a place that will remain cool and dry, and your dress should be good to go.
Your wedding dress was a huge investment; why wouldn’t you want to protect it and keep it around? Proper wedding dress storage will keep your gown intact, and will allow you to relive your cherished day for years to come.
Wedding dresses aren’t the only things that need to be properly cared for, though. You’ve probably got a number of family heirlooms that require some love—are you looking after them? We’ve got a few tips over here to ensure that all of your belongings are treated with care.
Make sure the rest of your household experiences the same level of cleanliness as your personal belongings. Fill out an estimate form and let The Maids help you make the most of your living space today!