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Every bride should know how to properly hang and store their wedding dress. Especially when bringing it home from the bridal shop. Which is why we have dedicated this post to discuss some tips on how to preserve your wedding dress, from the first moment you brought it home to the moment you walk down the aisle.

tips on how to properly care for your wedding dress

Where to Store Your Wedding Dress

Depending on the size of your dress, it may not fit in a closet. So you may need to dedicate a room in your home to store your dress. Make sure that any activity in that room is kept to a minimum. Keep your dress out of direct sunlight and make sure that all the windows in the room you’ve chosen are closed.

Also be sure to store your dress in a climate controlled room that’s between 15-24℃ (60-75℉). Avoid storing it in damp rooms such as an attic or basement.

How to Store Your Wedding Dress

Store your wedding dress in a cloth garment bag instead of a plastic one. The reason being, is that plastic makes it difficult for the dress to breathe and contains chemicals that may stain the dress.

Every once in a while take the dress out of the bag. Especially if you have a long train, which you will want to stretch out. Drape the train over a high backed chair to prevent it from getting wrinkled. (*On a white dress, the tiniest speck of dust or dirt will easily show. So make sure to cover it with a clean sheet when taking it out of the garment bag.)

How to Properly Hang Your Wedding Dress 

When hanging your wedding dress make sure to use a heavy duty hanger. You don’t want your dress to loose it’s shape. A high quality silk padded hanger is recommended to prevent any damage from happening to the sleeves or straps.

When hanging the dress make sure to give it enough space. It should not touching the floor or any walls. If the dress is really heavy you may be better off laying it flat on a bed.

How to Store Your Wedding Veil

Don’t forget about your wedding veil. You can properly hang it by using a veil storage clip and then placing it in a protective storage bag. This is to prevent it from getting caught on any buttons, zippers, or other bulky items that may be inside your closet.

Alternative Storing Options

These tips are meant to temporarily preserve your gown. After your wedding make sure to have your gown professionally cleaned and preserved. If you haven’t yet had your wedding and are too nervous to hang your wedding dress at home, ask your local dry cleaners if they would be willing to store your dress for a fee. You can also ask your bridal shop to hold onto it until the big day. Before bringing your dress home make sure to ask your bridal shop for tips on how they recommend you should hang and store your wedding dress.

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