The wedding day has come and gone, and you and your new partner find yourselves in the hustle and bustle of a new life together. Between writing the thank-you messages and combining two people’s worth of stuff under one roof, you might be wondering what to do with your wedding dress. Do you place it in storage? What is the best way to preserve it? Your wedding dress isn’t something you can just throw in your closet and forget about; it needs proper care to remain in pristine condition.
After your dress has been professionally dry cleaned, it’s important to properly store the gown with the right materials. Ask your local dry cleaners if they have acid-free boxes and acid-free tissue paper for purchase for you to store your dress in. If not, you may want to consider a care/preservation kit. Although care kits may seem expensive, they make up for their high costs with increased convenience. No-hassle options, such as mail-in cleaning (performed by a trained preservationist, rather than a dry cleaner) are particularly attractive to the bride who wants only the best for her dress. However, wedding dress preservation kit boxes are meant to never be opened, unless you’re willing to pay the price of re-sealing the box.
Additionally, if your dry cleaner doesn’t offer acid-free materials for storing your wedding dress, look at boxing companies where you might be able to buy a box made with a fitted lid that will protect from dust, moisture and other environmental factors. The key to storing your own wedding dress is to buy pristine packaging, as well as wrap the gown in acid-free tissue paper, paying special attention to areas in between the sleeves and any other crevices to prevent friction.