If you got married this summer, you may simply have your wedding dress hung up in your closet as a reminder of your special day. Unfortunately, it can’t stay there indefinitely, especially if you wish to preserve your wedding dress for future generations.
Today, McMahan Cleaners in Denver shares how to correctly preserve your wedding dress so that it will maintain its beauty for years to come. We help many brides, from careful cleaning before the big day to treating stains from spilled wine and cake during the reception. We’ve seen it all.
So, let’s talk about how to store your wedding dress.
Preparation Before Your Wedding Day
If you are wearing a wedding dress that is an heirloom already or if you have chosen a second-hand gown, you may need to have your dress dry cleaned in advance of your special day.
When bringing your dress to be cleaned look for a place that offers wedding dress cleaning, such as McMahan Cleaners in Denver. You will want to choose a place that has experience with cleaning such fragile garments.
Check your dress with your cleaner for any areas that need special attention. Look for yellowing or discoloration, needed alterations, or special trim pieces that may not withstand the cleaning process. Wet cleaning may be the best option for some of these items.
Proper Care After Your Wedding
If you plan to preserve your wedding dress, we recommend having it cleaned again as quickly as possible after your wedding. Your gown may have both visible and invisible stains or odors from perfume and body oils, as well as beverages and food.
Try to locate as many of these stains as possible prior to cleaning and discuss them with your dry cleaning professional. This will help you achieve the best possible result. Some of your decorative trim may need to be removed, then reattached, to help keep it in pristine condition.
Correctly Preserve Your Wedding Dress
Just hanging a gown in your closet or a regular box allows for air, dust, and other contaminants to potentially cause ruin. While there is not yet a process that guarantees against yellowing or fabric deterioration, there are steps that can be taken to do the best job possible in protecting your gown.
If your wedding dress is packed in a lignin and acid-free storage box specifically designed for long-term preservation, it will be best protected against contamination such as bugs and dust. You’ll just want to open the box from time to time to inspect your dress and refold it to prevent creasing.
The bodice should also be stuffed with white, acid-free tissue paper to prevent wrinkles. Remember that colored tissue paper, of any kind, can transfer to the dress and cause permanent discoloration!
While you’ll find wedding dress preservation kits online, which include cleaning and packing up your dress, you can find a storage box online and allow our experts to clean and prepare your dress for long-term storage – all at a fraction of the price and without shipping it to some company out of state.
A Few Additional Tips from the Pros
If you choose to store your dress on a hanger, our alterations experts can sew straps in at the waist to help distribute the pressure from your gown’s shoulders.
Also, wrap the dress in a white sheet or muslin to provide a protective layer. Do not store your dress with any accessories such as your veil, shoes, headpieces, etc. Each of these items needs to be stored separately to allow each piece to continue to look its best.
For help with how to correctly preserve your wedding dress, come to the nearest McMahan Cleaners in Denver and we’ll get your dress prepared to look fabulous for generations to come.