Storing a wedding dress
June 19, 2014
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Alison Hall 

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Your wedding dress made you feel amazing on your wedding day right? Maybe there is a possibility of passing it down to your daughter or another family member in the future so preserving your wedding dress is the best way to maintain it’s color, fabric and shape & keep it safe for the future.

To keep your dress in the best possible condition then your dress must be
- Cleaned
- Wrapped
- Boxed
- Stored
It’s as simple as that! If you are unsure about exactly what is involved then read on.


After your big day you may forget about your dress until you get it back out to reminisce.
After the wedding remember to take your dress to be dry cleaned as soon as you can. Taking your dress as early as possible catches any stains before they set in to the fabric. Make sure you find somewhere that handles wedding dresses, as they are not like regular items of clothing. The delicate beads and details can get damaged if not handled correctly when dry cleaning.

Some stains may not be visible until later and having the dress dry cleaned will ensure it can be stored away in the best possible condition. Invisible stains from drinks like lemonade & white wine can appear later and cause a browning and we all know how bacteria can multiply!


Lay out the wedding dress ready to be folded neatly in to the storage box.
Use tissue to wrap & layer between each fold of the dress. This will cushion the folds and creases and keep the dress wrapped safely.
Becareful which tissue you choose!

Don’t just wrap your wedding dress in any tissue paper.
This is why
- If the tissue is coloured then the dyes in the tissue can bleed out over time & transfer on to your dress causing a stain. The pretty dotty tissue may look fab but not for storing your wedding dress.
- Many regular types of wrapping tissues contain acid in the fibers and therefor are not suitable for long-term storage either. Double check the tissue is acid free.

Don’t use a Plastic dress cover. Not for long-term storage.
This is why
- Plastic can’t handle the humidity
- Plastic wont protect the dress from light
- Plastic isn’t breathable


So what kind of box are you going to use? A pretty one with ribbons & lace to match your dress, a patterned vintage style or a strong sturdy one?

Don’t use an everyday cardboard box.
This is why
-      It may contain acid in the cardboard. Over a long period of time this can cause discolouring to the fabric of the gown
-      The box may not be built to be durable enough. Imaging the worst-case scenario of a flood or accident.

Don’t store your dress in a regular wooden box or draw.
This is why
-      Wood contains natural acids which can have an effect on natural fibres in your wedding dress and cause the discolouring as mentioned above

Why cant I Keep my dress hanging.
This is why
-      Generally wedding dresses are heavy garments and with the weight pulling down on the seams and straps this can cause the dress to pull & distort over long periods of time. (Short term weeks/months is fine)


Keep your dress from the elements such as heat, light and damp.

Store the dress in a warm dry spare room, which has no history of insects, instead of an attic.

Once packed away, check on the dress every 6 – 12 months to ensure nothing untoward has happened, and repack e.g. once a year to help prevent creases becoming too permanent.

Check out these guys for some ideas, storage boxes & extra info




Christopher David Photography.

Image source - Box Frocks. Boxfrocks.co.uk

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Image source - The Empty box company. Emptybox.co.uk

Image source - The Empty box company. Emptybox.co.uk

Image source - The Empty box company. Emptybox.co.uk

Image source - Box Frocks. Boxfrocks.co.uk