So many of our brides have been forced to change their wedding date until next year due to Coronavirus. A question we have been asked often is, how to store your gown so here are our top tips.
- DO pick a safe place to store your gown. Make sure the area you choose is in a dark, cool area free from pests, mischievous fur babies, and fiancés. A guest bedroom, interior wardrobe is a perfect place to store a wedding gown. Avoid places that are not climate controlled such as attics.
- DO hang your gown rather than box it up. By hanging your gown, you ensure that it will not be permanently creased. It also allows airflow around the gown. Be sure to pay careful attention to gowns with delicate or illusion straps or sleeves to ensure that you are not having them bear the weight of the gown to prevent tears or stretching. Also avoid hanging the gown close to light fixtures.
- DO store your gown in a gown bag. If you purchased a wedding gown from ourselves it should be in a black breathable gown bag where it will happily live for the short period of time. We have been informed by our gown bag supplier that the part that surrounds the zip is not breathable therefore if a gown is left for a long period of time this could cause damage. Due to the ongoing pandemic we will happily change your black gown bag over to a white one free of charge, just get in touch when we re-open. In the meantime every few weeks unzip the gown bag and let more air circulate around your gown.
- DO use a padded hanger. Especially for gowns with sleeves, narrow hangers can cause the shoulders of a garment to warp over time or even cause permanent damage.
- DO use ALL the hanger ribbons in your dress. Gowns can get heavy! Those ribbons are there to help distribute the gowns weight on the hanger. Wrap the hanging loops around the hanger and let them take the weight of your dress, not the gown straps themselves.
- DO remember to take care of your veil and accessories, too! They can be stored in an acid-free box with archival tissue paper. Make sure to store them off the floor. You can keep them in the same place with your dress or in a drawer.
- DO take out your gown and examine it, but only periodically. Who are we kidding? Of course, we know you will check on your gown! But, resist the urge to try on the gown or remove it from the storage container. The dress should only be removed once you are ready to have your dress altered.
Any queries just get in touch.