Gown: d’Italia / Photographer: Shot from the Heart

Weddings in Melbourne have always been a charm for those who want to wed amongst the flashing lights and beautiful natural backdrop. But when it comes to a dress’s care, Bridal shops Melbourne suggests that there is always a possibility of staining your wedding dress.

Leaving your wedding dress uncared for or unattended, could potentially lead to marks on it (some in which we cannot prevent). You want to preserve wedding dresses, away from all the yellowing on the fabric that comes with time and the mild oxidation of the dress too. There might be permanent fabric creasing for which you will be spending a lot of money without any promising results.

Where to Store a Wedding Dress before the Wedding?

Gown: d’Italia / Photographer: Duuet Weddings

Gown: d’Italia / Photographer: Duuet Weddings

Before you wear your dress on the big day, make sure it is wrinkle and crease free. If you gave your dress for alterations, you can stay assured that the dress is pressed and dry-cleaned. But if you really want to save it for your big day, store in a place that is very dark and below room temperature is always best. No sunshine should hit the fabric on your wedding dresses Melbourne and there should be ideally no exposure to humidity.

By now you must have understood that sunshine and humidity will decay the fabric or leave yellow stains on the cloth. If you wrap it in a box, make sure to ask for a professional’s help.

The most important part in preserving a dress is how you keep it. Into the cold, away from light in less than room temperature is the best way to preserve any kind of wedding dresses Melbourne.

How to Store a Beaded or Heavy Lace Wedding Dress before the Wedding?

Gown: d’Italia / Photographer: Tone and Image

Gown: d’Italia / Photographer: Tone and Image

For beaded dresses, Bridal shops Melbourne recommend boxing it up because the longer it hangs, the fabric starts expanding and stretching and the dress will end up being a lose fit for your body (and we definitely don’t want that). Lay the dress down on your bed and on a piece of white cotton cloth that is soft so it doesn’t catch on the beads or heavy lace. Fold it into three portions and put it away in the dark. You can pack it in a box or a bag, as long as it lays flat.

There are breathable bags available for you to store your dresses. But if it is after your wedding, we would recommend getting a professional dry cleaner or wedding dress preserver to help you pack up your gown neatly. If you leave for the honeymoon early morning, ask a bridesmaid or relative to take your gown and follow the above steps.

Some DIYs for preserving your dress

It’s pretty obvious that your dress is bound to get stained on your big day. What we want is a stain-free, every-inch-perfect and wrinkle-free dress for wedding dresses Melbourne.

Here are a few DIYs from Bridal shops Melbourne:

  • Packing is important

    Picture via: Pinterest

    Picture via: Pinterest
    Yes, it is the most important part in preserving your bridal dress. No matter what you do, your dress must stay wrinkle and stain free. Even if you bring the dress one day before your wedding or a week before, the dress shouldn’t have creases upon wearing it.

    If the dress is heavily beaded, pack it up in a box. If it’s a plain long dress, hang it on the straps of the hanger. Make sure to pack it in a bag longer than the dress so there are no wrinkles at the end too.

  • Hanging straps are your friends

    Gown: d’Italia / Photographer: Shevan J Photography

    Gown: d’Italia / Photographer: Shevan J Photography
    Make use from the straps of the hangers. These carry the weight of your dress and make it easy to hang the dress without making it fall apart. And don’t worry, they won’t fall off your gown. These hanging straps are a lot stronger than you think.
  • Location, location, location

    Gown: d’Italia

    Gown: d’Italia
    The location where you hang your dress is of the utmost importance. This is part of how you preserve your dress. You might notice that bridal shops Melbourne have a very cold, calming atmosphere for the dresses. It’s partly because the fabric is heat sensitive and if the fibres loosen it could stretch the gown and manipulate the sizing.
  • To hang or not to hang

    Picture via: Pinterest

    Picture via: Pinterest
    You can definitely hang a plain dress but don’t hang any heavy beaded or heavy lace dresses. If you do then you run the risk of your beaded dress stretching.
  • The Preservation Box Should Be Sealed Airtight

    Picture via: Pinterest

    Picture via: Pinterest
    If your wedding isn’t for months or has been extended for an undetermined amount of time, put your gown in a sealed airtight box. This will keep it away from the risk of gaining stains and discolouration that comes from exposed sunlight. If the preservation box is airtight, there will be no outside materials getting on the dress. No stains, no discolouration, no mild oxygenation, no bugs and insects and no mould growth.
  • Pay attention to the label on the dress

    Gown: d’Italia / Photographer: Theodore and Co

    Gown: d’Italia / Photographer: Theodore and Co
    Some fabrics need extra care. It may not just be dry cleaning that you need to do for your gown. Some of them require a specific detergent, not just dry cleaning. It may be a solvent, like alcohol, Per-chloro-ethylene (perc), Exxon DF-2000 (Hydro-carbon) and Green-earth. The solvent suggested is reluctant against stains on specific fabrics.

Bridal shops Melbourne suggests preserving dresses in airtight boxes if it’s post big-day. But if your day is close, try hanging it on hang straps if its long dress or packing it in soft cloth in case of beaded fabric.

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