HOW TO PRESERVE YOUR WEDDING DRESS
How to keep your wedding dress looking great forever
…plus, ideas on what to do with your wedding dress after the big day.
Ask your married friends what they did with their wedding dress after their wedding day and you might hear answers such as, ‘It’s rolled up in a ball in a black bin liner somewhere in the loft’ or ‘it’s stuffed at the back of my wardrobe – I never got a chance to dry clean it’.
Your wedding dress will probably be the most expensive garment you’ll ever wear, and even though you probably won’t ever wear it again yourself, someone, one day, might!
This article has been designed to give you tips on how to preserve your wedding dress and keep it looking beautiful, after the big day!
Preserving your dress before the wedding
Depending on how you purchase your wedding dress will determine how you take care of it before your wedding.
If you’re buying a new wedding dress from a bridalwear shop that has been made-to-measure, then you may only need to collect your dress a few days before your actual wedding. Not having the pressure of keeping it looking pristine at home may be comforting for some brides and is one less thing to worry about during the run up to the big day.
For brides buying a ready-to-wear wedding dress, or a gown right off-the-rack, it is advisable to hang your wedding dress up high on a sturdy hanger and covering it with a large sheet to protect it from dust. So that your other half doesn’t see your wedding dress before the big day, it’s probably best to leave your gown hanging somewhere safe at your parent or grandparent’s house. A smoke-free environment would be highly recommended!
Your dress on the evening of the wedding
Once your wedding celebrations have come to an end and you retire up to bed, be very careful as to how you remove your dress. If you choose a silk wedding gown then be sure to hang it up, so as not to crease it on the floor. A fuller wedding gown could be laid over a chaise longue or draped over a chair if you’re unable to hang it up alone.
If you need assistance taking your wedding dress off at the end of the night, be sure to secure help from a bridesmaid, your sister, or your mother before they leave. Some wedding dresses have dozens of small buttons that may need un-doing or if you’re wearing a corset style wedding dress then it may need to be properly loosened before you can step out of it.