So you finally found that stunning number that you intend to walk down the aisle in? Probably at a top notch bridal store like Abigail Bridal Boutique. Great! That’s one thing taken care of. The next step involves preserving that dream dress for the occasion it has been waiting for all its man-made life and even after the ceremony. A wedding gown is like a new born baby. Once you take that precious bundle of joy home, you need to be careful to keep any harm as far away from him/her as possible.
You can’t take any chances here. If movies are anything to go by, then anything wrong that can happen to a wedding dress probably will. And often than not, as Hollywood will have us believe, heaven conspires to make sure that whatever can go wrong will happen a few hours to the grand day, when there is little that can be done except look for a replacement. This is one of the top five worst wedding tragedies.
Whether the dress is bought, or rented, it’s up to the bride and her helpers to ensure that it gets to make its majestic appearance in one piece. Proper care will ensure that the gown remains in pristine condition for years to come. Here are some tips.
- Any cleaning should be done by a professional wedding gown cleaner. Don’t be tempted to take it around the corner to your neighborhood dry cleaner or worse, task yourself with that duty. Wedding gowns require special cleaning products that are not stocked in most homes or regular dry cleaners.
- Don’t keep away the dress in a plastic bag or container and vacuum seals. That is unless you are interested in a yellow stained or faded gown that has been infested by mildew. Light and dust are also not your friends. Keep them at bay. If you require a long term storage solution after the wedding, a large carton box will do the trick.
- It’s a good idea to hang the gown by the loops inside the side seams. The very tempting shoulder seams will sag and may lose their original shape and size.
- Fluctuations in temperatures and humidity are some enemies out to ruin that beautiful dress. Don’t be tempted to store it in the attic or basement. It will spell doom for that delicate gown.
- It goes without saying that you should store the gown away from any possible danger zones. We’re talking about fans, heat sources, and make-up boxes e.t.c.
- Also be aware that different materials may require specialized care. Be sure to ask your bridal shop how to best look after that dress before you leave the store.