Wedding dress care: some important guidelines
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A wedding dress is worn for just one day but its
significance lasts a lifetime. The following information
will help you to keep your wedding dress fresh and
beautiful…both now and in the years to come.
Preparing for your wedding
Before unpacking your wedding dress, make sure that you
have a clean, uncluttered area in which to spread it
out; away from food, pens, children, pets etc. Your
hands should be clean and dry, and it’s wise to remove
any jewellery that could snag the fabric. Ideally, wear
fine cotton gloves when handling or moving the dress.
Keep all labels that come with the dress – you will need
If your wedding day weather looks uncertain, have a
contingency plan, especially if your dress has a long
train. Make sure that your bridesmaids understand that
you will rely on them to fetch, carry and help you in
Once you are wearing the dress, it’s best to avoid
applying makeup. If you need to, do so carefully. And if
makeup, wine or any other substance stains your dress on
the day, you will need to seek advice (see below).
At the end of the day…
If you wish to keep your wedding dress in perfect
condition, it should receive attention as soon as
It is important that your wedding dress is
professionally cleaned before storing, and that you
choose a skilled company which has experience in this
specialised area. If the dress has been stained, your
chosen cleaner should offer specific advice. To ensure
the best possible results, give the dry cleaners all
labels and care instructions that came with the dress.
If there is any doubt, seek the advice of a professional
When the dress is collected from the cleaners, it must
be prepared carefully for storage. It cannot simply be
hung in a closet wrapped in plastic or placed in a box.
Even the box it came in will not protect it.
Surprisingly, standard plastic/PVC bags or covers are
silent fabric killers and will, in the long run,
accelerate the decline of the dress.
It’s important to remove all pins, wrappings and
hangers. The dress should be unpacked with the same care
you took with it before your wedding, and wrapped in
generous amounts of acid free tissue paper. Before
packing, be sure there is tissue right around the dress
and between every fold.
Choose only an authentic, archival quality acid free box
to pack your dress, using a suitably sized box to avoid
excessive folding. Do not overfill your box and pack the
dress on its own, stored flat and with no other items in
the box. Before shutting the lid, check that all fabric
is covered by acid free tissue.
Ideally, store your wedding dress box in a dark,
dust-free area where air can circulate freely. Do not
store in a garage, shed, unheated loft space, against an
external wall, in an attic, cellar, or anywhere where
there is high humidity, dampness or condensation. Do not
store near a heat source such as a radiator, near bright
light or anywhere vulnerable to pests or insects. In
theory, the box should be stored at around 13 – 18
degrees with a relative humidity of about 50 per cent.
In practice, the above precautions will give the best
possible protection in your home.
Periodically, unpack your wedding dress to check it and
to reduce the risk of permanent creasing. If all is
well, carefully repack. If your dress needs attention,
seek advice from a professional textile conservator.
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