With lots of couples postponing their weddings because of Covid 19, many bride have been asking how to store their wedding dresses and accessories right until their big days arrive. The same advice applies post-wedding, for anyone who wants to preserve pieces of their wedding day attire as keepsakes for years to come. Let’s see how to keep them safe right.
Store Your Pieces Somewhere Cool, Dry And Dark
A wedding dress is at its happiest in a cool, dry and dark place. Keep your dress away from direct sunlight and don’t store with anything musty or dirty, as odors may transfer. Remove any plastic covering from around your dress – tissue paper is better if you need to protect beading, and when it comes to a garment bag, breathable is best. It’s also wise to add some silica gel packs to absorb any moisture. If your dress needs to be stored for longer than eight months, invest in a breathable storage box with acid free tissue.
Hang Your Wedding Dress Correctly
Long term hanging could damage your dress, particularly if it’s heavy. Use the hanging ribbons that should be inside and make sure the weight is evenly distributed. Don’t use a cheap lightweight or wire hanger. You most likely got a good quality hanger with the dress, so use that or look for one that’s strong and well-padded. Make sure the dress has plenty of space around it in the wardrobe – if it’s crammed in, it will only get creased and potentially damaged. Consider lying your dress flat if possible.
Vintage fabrics need a little extra TLC. Don’t keep them in plastic packaging or a plastic container. Be extra vigilant of fabric pests like moths. Check on the storage every couple of months, in case the hanging, or flay lay needs to be adjusted. And have your dress laundered before you store it – and again before your wedding if it smells musty.
Shoes, Jewelry And Hair Accessories
Shoes and jewelry are best stored in their original boxes, with any necessary padding around them – again remove any plastic. Make sure they are somewhere safe, moisture-free, and that you note where you left them – you don’t want a mad panic trying to find your wedding earrings in 12 months time!
Veils can be hung or folded (you may need to steam it with the latter), but to avoid it getting snagged or damaged, keep it in a breathable garment bag, or wrapped in tissue. Again, keep it out of direct sunlight, and use some silica gel packs to keep it moisture-free during storage.
While your shapewear or lace pants will be likely be fine in your knicker drawer, bras or corsets can lose their shape or get damaged if stored incorrectly. Wrap them loosely in tissue paper, and keep them in a clean, dry box (ideally cardboard) in your wardrobe. Ensure that they aren’t bent or crumpled, and that nothing is weighing down on the cups or boning in particular.