Easy methods to retailer your marriage ceremony gown for over a 12 months

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How to store your wedding dress for over a year

When I got the call that my wedding dress had been delivered to the bridal shop last May, I should have been thrilled. After postponing my wedding in October 2020 for a whole year because of the pandemic, I was filled with dread at this exciting moment – what on earth should I do with my dress for over a year? Immediately my thoughts went when my best friend picked up her dress before her wedding and received a long list of strict instructions from the store like “Avoid cooking until after the wedding” and “Keep it in a cool place” – and that’s it to keep it at home for just two days!

To ease my panic, I spoke to Lindsey Love, a senior brand stylist at BHLDN, ​​about her tips on how to keep a dress safe for a year. If, like me, you had to postpone your wedding or your dress came very early but your business can’t keep it, read on for tips on how and where to keep your beautiful dress until your big day.

What kind of bag can you keep your wedding dress in?

My first instinct for storage would have been to put my dress in one of those vacuum bags so that no drafts could get there, but plastic can release gases over time, which can cause an odor. No for long term storage. According to Lindsey, it’s also the garment bag he packed from the store.

“Most of the garment bags that come with your purchased dress are synthetic and are better suited to transporting your dress as they repel dirt and moisture. So don’t store your dress with this garment bag!” Lindsey told POPSUGAR. “Instead, cover the dress with a natural, breathable fabric such as a cotton clothes bag or a clean white cotton towel.”

The only problem with a breathable fabric is that odors from cooking (especially if you live in a tiny apartment like me where the kitchen is 10 feet from the bedroom) can get trapped in the fabric. “Your dress, like all fabrics, will capture odors. As part of the change process, you can always dry clean it a few months before your new wedding date.” This way you can steam, clean and change from dry cleaning professionals in one fell swoop.

How and where to store a wedding dress long term

If you’ve covered your dress with breathable cotton, where should you put it? Lindsey recommends a dry, dark place like under your bed. Even if your closet is considered dark and dry, it is not recommended to hang your dress. “Keeping your dress lying down can take the strain off the wearers and keep it intact until the big day!” If your dress is heavily embellished, the pressure on these elements will also be reduced.

If, like me, you have pets who love to hang out under your bed (cats, amirites?), Tall closet shelves could be an option too. It’s still dark and dry as long as you have doors on your closet, but keep it away from sharp cat or dog nails and dirty paws. Even if your pet isn’t “prone to scratching,” pet hair and most bridal fabrics (especially tulle) aren’t a good combination, “said Lindsey.

If none of these options work for you, Lindsey recommends contacting your local dry cleaner to see if they have storage options for you. “If a local dry cleaner has storage options, this is a great option because it eliminates all variables.”

Does a wedding dress turn yellow if stored too long?

One of the other worries I had about keeping my dress for so long was that the flawless white fabric would turn yellow. It’s something I had heard of that could happen and have always cited it as a reason brides keep their dresses after their wedding. But Lindsey actually made some myths for me. “Yellowing or discoloration usually occurs when fabrics come into contact with other chemicals (and even sweat). You shouldn’t see yellowing on your dress when it’s generally stored away from moisture.” Hooray for that!

Have a good trip, dear brides, and stay tuned! You will look gorgeous whenever your day comes.