We all know that your wedding dress really is the most important dress you will ever invest in,and usually the most expensive too!
Not only is it the most beautiful gown that you have ever worn, it also holds the memories of a lifetime.
So taking good care of such a treasured garment is a must if you are keen to preserve them as a future heirloom or simply to reflect on a day like no other.
The day has now flown past and you are off on your honeymoon.
However, before you fly, you need to make sure that your gown is going to be well looked after so leave it in the capable hands of someone you trust.
And do your research on the best cleaner in town and how best to store it.
Enlist the help and expertise of a trusted cleaner.
You may need someone who can hand clean your dress if it is particularly delicate.
Make sure you are totally comfortable with their work, and check their attention to detail because wedding gowns really do need that extra level of care.
You will need to get it to the dry cleaners as soon as you can.
Any stains become more and more difficult to remove as time goes by.. So the quicker the better.
Once you and the dress are back at home, and back to reality you will want to think about storing it long term.
First, take it out of the plastic garment bag in which it was most likely returned to you by the dry cleaner.
These plastic covers are not good for permanent use as they do not allow the garments to breathe.
Over time the fabric will deteriorate and drop fibres onto the cloth. They also do not allow for any change in temperature, and in extreme cases can cause condensation and you run the risk of mould growth.
A large box is a good starting point to store the dress.
However do ensure it is a box fit for purpose and do not use a normal cardboard box to cut corners.
Most normal boxes contain acid that, when in contact with the dress, causes yellowing and other general discolouration.
The wedding storage boxes are both PH neutral and sturdy enough to eliminate light and protect the garment from any accidents.
These are easy to track down at PAKT, who can advise and supply you with the right box for your gown. (www.pakt.hk)
Make sure the box is large enough to minimize the number of folds.
Fold the dress neatly, inserting acid free tissue in-between every fold so that no fabric is folded on itself. You do not want to snag the delicate fabric.
You are trying to keep the gown safe from any chance of staining over time, so seal the air in the box, making sure the lid is tightly secured and fitted.
It’s a good idea to pack away any other wedding accessories in the same manner, i.e a veil, shoes …
Follow some basic, sensible guidelines, and keep the dress well away from light, heat, damp and cold.
Store your box in a room that is not too warm, but above all do ensure it’s a dry space….
Never store your dress in the attic as it creates too many opportunities for a mishap.
A leaking roof, damp, insects or even worse…
Once packed up do remember to check on it every six months to let it breath.
Unfolding the dress will also help avoid creasing. If the creases are left over time they become permanent.
So following those crucial rules should keep your gown preserved, ready to be a future heirloom!
Keeping the dress as fresh as the memories that will be with you forever.
Photographic credits to Serena Bolton www.serenabolton.com