How to store your wedding dress if your big day has been postponed

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Alot of our 2020 couples are facing the reality of postponing their wedding due Covoid-19. Many brides are now turning their attention to the practical implications of this including how they should store their dress to ensure it’s still in perfect condition for their new date.
We got in contact with the team at  Pearls and Lace Bridal Boutique who we worked with on our most recent bridal photoshoot, for their expert opinion on how best to store a wedding dress.
The boutique owner, Carole tells us ‘this is and will be one of the most asked questions I think we will be getting over the next few months so we are only too happy to offer our help.  There isn’t as much involved as you might think in storing it safely but there are some definite do’s and don’ts so we’ve prepared a checklist for our own brides and are happy to share these with North-West Brides‘ readers also. We recommend you ask your boutique or dressmaker if there is anything else they specifically recommend for storing your dress as specific dresses but these tips should help’.
  • Wedding dresses should be stored in a breathable dress bag. Most boutiques will provide this with your dress. If it’s in plastic inside- remove this and just leave the dress in the breathable cover only. A wedding dress should never be stored in a plastic dress cover.
  • When hanging the dress from the hanger- ensure you use the inside hanging tags. These keep the weight of the dress straps. Loop the white tags twice around the hanger if you need to. Don’t hang the dress by the straps only- this may cause excess pressure on them over time.
  • Tissue paper isn’t essential on all wedding gowns but if you are using it ensure it’s white and acid free. If your dress has beading- ensure the dress and train are hanging in such a manner that beads can’t cause pulls in more delicate fabrics such as crepe, chiffon or silk.
  • We recommend that you alternate your dress from hanging to laying flat every few weeks. Not only does this help minimise stretching of your dress, the movement also helps prevent any creases becoming too permanent.
  • Your Dress should be stored in a warm, dry, dark place such as a wardrobe in a spare room. We don’t recommend storing it in the attic no matter how well covered it is.  There are so many potential threats including leaks, changes in humidity etc that could cause damage, discolouring etc. Be mindful that you don’t store anywhere there is direct light or heat, radiators and other forms of heat often emit a smoke/ fume which isn’t visible to the eye and can cause discolouration.
  • Take info consideration how the temperature and environment can change throughout the year. Will this be a suitable place for the dress in winter months when heaters are maybe turned on or rooms become colder. Don’t store anywhere that there is potential for dampness.
  • Check in on your dress regularly.  We recommend checking in on your dress every few weeks to ensure everything is OK with the gown. We also recommend that brides avoid trying the dress on too much when they have it at home. Body lotions, creams and deodorants can leave invisible stains on the dress which can develop and become apparent over time. The less you try it on the better.
Carole adds ”our last piece of advice would be to take the help of your mum, a family member or close friend that might be able to store your dress for you. Many of your bridal party would only be too happy to feel they can do something to help. Choose someone you trust and who you know will take super good care of it for you. This will help you ensure you can keep it a surprise from your fiance and prevent you from looking at it too much, which will keep the excitement and magic alive for when you see it again”.
If you have any further questions or would like to book a styling appointment to visit the girls at Pearls and Lace with your dress, you can book an appointment or if you fancy a little bit of inspiration you can view all their accessories online in the meantime.
To see more of Pearls & Lace’s dresses pick up the latest edition of North-West Brides in shops now or available to download straight to your device.