After I bought the decision that my marriage ceremony gown had been delivered to the bridal store this previous Could, I ought to have been ecstatic. Nonetheless, after suspending my October 2020 marriage ceremony a full yr as a result of pandemic, this would-be thrilling second stuffed me with dread — what on this planet was I going to do with my gown for over a yr? My thoughts instantly went to when my greatest pal picked up her gown earlier than her marriage ceremony and acquired a protracted listing of strict directions from the store corresponding to “keep away from cooking till after the marriage ceremony” and “preserve it in a cool place” — and that was to retailer it at dwelling for simply two days!
To ease my panicking, I spoke with Lindsey Love, a senior model stylist at BHLDN, for her recommendations on safely storing a gown for over a yr. If, like me, you needed to postpone your marriage ceremony or your gown got here in tremendous early however your store cannot retailer it, preserve studying for recommendations on how and the place to retailer your beautiful robe till your huge day.
What Type of Bag to Retailer Your Marriage ceremony Costume In
My first intuition for storage would have been to zip my gown into a kind of vacuum baggage in order that not a lick of air may get to it, however plastic can leech gases over time, which may trigger an odor, so it is a particular no-no for long-term storage. In line with Lindsey, so is the garment bag it comes packed in from the shop.
“Most garment baggage that include your bought robe are artificial and higher suited to transporting your robe because it helps to repel dust and moisture – so do not retailer your robe utilizing that garment bag!” Lindsey advised POPSUGAR. “As an alternative, cowl the robe in a pure, breathable cloth like a cotton garment bag or clear white cotton sheet.”
The one difficulty with a breathable cloth is that odors from cooking (particularly should you stay in a tiny condo like I do, during which the kitchen is 10 ft away from the bed room), may get trapped within the cloth. “Your robe, as all materials do, will lure scents. You possibly can all the time take it to a dry cleaner just a few months previous to your new marriage ceremony date as a part of the alterations course of.” That approach, you get steaming, cleansing, and altering from dry cleansing professionals in a single fell swoop.
How and The place to Retailer a Marriage ceremony Costume Lengthy Time period
Upon getting your gown lined in a breathable cotton cloth, the place must you put it? Lindsey recommends a dry, darkish place, like beneath your mattress. Though your closet could also be thought of darkish and dry, hanging your gown is not suggested. “Storing your robe mendacity down will assist relieve strain from the straps and preserve it intact till the large day!” Moreover, if there are heavy gildings in your robe, the strain of these components could be alleviated as effectively.
If, like me, you may have pets that love hanging out beneath your mattress (cats, amirite?), a excessive closet shelf may be an possibility. It is nonetheless darkish and dry so long as you may have doorways in your closet, however preserve it far-off from any sharp cat or canine nails and soiled paws. Even when your pet is not “susceptible to scratching, pet hairs and most bridal materials (particularly tulle) aren’t a great mixture,” Lindsey mentioned.
If neither of these are choices for you, Lindsey suggests contacting your native dry cleaner to see if they’ve storage choices for you. “If a neighborhood dry cleaner gives storage choices, that is an incredible choice to pursue as a result of it eliminates all of the variables.”
Will a Marriage ceremony Costume Flip Yellow If It is in Storage For Too Lengthy?
One of many different worries I had about storing my gown for thus lengthy was that the pristine white cloth would flip yellow. It is one thing I would heard may occur and all the time cited it as the rationale brides protect their attire after their weddings. However really, Lindsey did some myth-busting for me. “Yellowing or discoloration usually occurs when materials come into contact with different chemical compounds (and even sweat). You shouldn’t see yellowing in your robe whether it is saved away from moisture typically.” Hooray for that!
Godspeed, fellow brides, and cling in there! You are going to look gorgeous, every time your day comes.