Preserving The Magic- Wedding Dress

Article Published 18/01/2024

Caring For Your Wedding Dress

Your wedding day is likely to be one of the best days of your life and deserves cherised memories for years to come. Your wedding dress is one of those cherished memories.

There is no doubt, that choosing your wedding dress had a huge part to play when it came down to planning, from searching to trying them on to saying yes to the perfect dress and feeling like a real life disney princess on the day of your wedding.

Once your wedding day has come to the end, it's so important to make the time to ensure your dress remains beautiful for years to come. Aiming to keep it in a prestine condition as it did when you walked down the aisle in it. Here are some helpful tips on how to look after and preserve your wedding dress:

1. Post-Wedding Care: We all know if you may have had a boozy reception, the temptation to just toss your dress to one side may be challenging however remember as soon as the celebration ends, hang your dress up and away from any possible risks of stains or spillages. Be sure to give the dress the attention it deserves, just as you did leading up to the wedding.

Handle with Care: If you feel like you need a helping hand getting out of your dress to keep your dress pristine, be sure to ask a trusted friend, family member or husband to help you undress, ensuring minimal stress on delicate fabrics and embellishments. Believe me, you will thank your future self for doing this!

Spot Checking & Cleaning: Be sure to check your dress over, ensuring there are no visible stains. If so, be sure to promptly use a mild, colourless detergent. Avoid using harsh chemicals, and always test a small area first before going hell for leather with any products. If you feel like you do not want to do this personally yourself, that takes us to our next tip, but be sure not to delay!

2. Professional Cleaning: Be sure to check within your area or even with your bridal boutique that you bought the dress from if they know or indeed themsevles cater for professional wedding dress cleaning. It is essential to make sure you do your homework and research reputable professional wedding dress cleaners ensuring that you check reviews online. Ask your friends or family if they have used any services previously and their personal opinions/reviews.

If you do notice any visible stains on your wedding dress, my advice would be, do not delay in getting your dress cleaned. We all know that make up or alcohol stains can be challenging to remove at the best of times. The longer you leave the stains, the risk that they will set deeper into the material and fabrics of your beautiful dress.

3. Storage: Be sure to keep your wedding dress stored correctly! If your dress came with a bridal garment bag, be sure to keep your dress within this to prevent further damage. It is so important to make sure that your dress is stored away from direct sunlight also. Overtime, this can cause sun damage to your dress, causing fading or even yellowing! Be sure to also store your dress within the correct temperature, believe it or not, if your dress is stored within humid conditions, this may also affect your dress! Preservation is key to ensure your dress stays beautiful!

4. Regular Checks: Be sure to check on your wedding dress every so often to ensure that the dress is still in pristine condition. This will allow you to see if storage conditions are suitable and if you feel they are not, you can change this up in order to avoid the build up of moisture.

If you wish to consider having your dress professionally inspected, this is also something for you to consider however be aware that this may come at a cost. If over the years, you notice signs of wear, maybe your dress has beaded embellishments and you notice a bead missing, be sure to seek professional wedding day vendors for help, repairs or additonal care. Treat your dress over the years as if you just picked it up. It is by all means one of the most treasured and possibly most expensive keepsakes that we tend to preserve for many years. Give your dress the love it deserves.

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Written by
Zenouska Miller, Client Liaison Manager