how to store your wedding dress before and after the big day

You’ve got the dress, and now you’re wondering how to store it? Don’t worry we have your back! Your wedding dress is more than just a garment; it's a symbol of love and cherished memories. From the moment you slip it on until long after the vows are exchanged. At Kelsey Rose our dresses are made to last but whether you're a bride-to-be or a newlywed, here's how to store your wedding dress before and after your special day.

Before the Wedding

Choose the Right Hanger: Opt for a padded hanger to support the weight of your dress and prevent stretching or distortion. Avoid wire hangers, as they can leave creases and marks on delicate fabrics.

Keep it Covered: Protect your dress from dust, light, and potential damage by storing it in a breathable garment bag made of acid-free material. Make sure the bag is large enough to accommodate the full length of the dress without causing it to bunch up or wrinkle.

Find a Safe Spot: Store your dress in a cool, dark, and dry place away from direct sunlight and humidity. Avoid areas prone to temperature fluctuations, such as attics or basements.

Handle with Care: When moving or transporting your dress, support your dress from the bottom to prevent stress on seams and delicate embellishments. 

After the Wedding

Clean and Preserve: Schedule a professional cleaning for your dress as soon as possible after the wedding to remove any stains, dirt, or sweat. Choose a reputable cleaner experienced in handling wedding dresses, and make sure they use gentle, eco-friendly methods.

Store Properly: Once cleaned, store your dress in a preservation box or chest specially designed for wedding attire. These boxes are typically made of acid-free materials and lined with tissue paper to prevent yellowing and discolouration over time.

Keep it Flat: Lay your dress flat in the preservation box, rather than hanging it, to prevent stress on seams and ensure even weight distribution. Avoid folding the dress along creases or embellishments, as this can cause permanent damage.

Check Regularly: Periodically inspect your dress for any signs of yellowing, mould, or insect damage. If you notice any issues, consult a professional preservationist for advice on how to address them effectively.

Your wedding dress is a timeless keepsake that deserves to be cherished for generations to come. By following these simple steps for storage and preservation, you can ensure that your gown remains as beautiful as the day you wore it.