How To Preserve Your Wedding Dress For Years To Come

How To Preserve Your Wedding Dress For Years To Come

You've just said 'I do,' and you want to keep your wedding dress in pristine condition for years to come. You've looked at the pictures of your special day and want to hang them in your closet, forever treasuring it. But how do you make sure it lasts? Preserving your wedding dress is essential if you want to keep it looking as beautiful as when you first wore it. With the proper techniques, you can ensure that your dress remains in perfect condition, ready to be brought out and admired in years to come. From cleaning and pressing to storing it correctly, there are a few steps to ensure your dress stays in pristine condition. Read on to learn how to preserve your wedding dress for years.

Preparing your wedding dress for preservation

Before preserving your dress, you'll need to make a few preparations. You can skip this step if your dress has been professionally cleaned and preserved. You'll first need to remove accessories sewn into the dress, such as belts and sashes. Your dress will also need to be steamed out to remove any wrinkles that may have developed since the wedding day. If there are any stains on your dress, you'll need to ensure they are treated. That can be done by cleaning the affected area or applying a stain remover. You can also have your dress dry cleaned, as this will remove most stains. Dry cleaning will also kill any bacteria that could be present on your dress, helping it to last longer.

Cleaning and pressing your wedding dress

It may seem obvious, but cleaning your dress is one of the most critical preservation steps. Make sure to clean it gently, using a mild detergent or a dry-cleaning solvent. Avoid using an overly strong product that may damage the dress. You can also clean the dress with water and white vinegar, a great natural stain remover. If you've applied a stain remover, you'll need to press the dress to remove all the excess liquid. You can do this by laying your dress flat and placing a clean, thick towel. To press the towel, you can then use a steam iron on a low heat setting. That will remove the excess liquid. You can also use a handheld steamer or a commercial press to clean and press your dress.

Choosing the proper storage container

You'll also need to choose a container to store your dress. A long-term storage container will keep your dress upright and off the ground and protect it from humidity and dust. There are a few options for long-term storage containers. A garment bag is an easy way to store your dress. This bag will keep it upright, protected from dust, and away from light. You can also use a wedding dress box. That will keep your dress upright and is a great way to show it off.

You can store your wedding dress in a sealed plastic container for a more long-term option. You'll need to ensure that this container is airtight and watertight to protect it from humidity. You can also store your wedding dress in a long-term storage box, keeping it safe from light and dust.

Storing your dress correctly

You'll want to store your dress in a dry and dark place. Avoid storing your dress in a humid place, as this will cause the fabric to rot. You can purchase an anti-humidity box to put your dress in to protect it from humidity. If your dress has been preserved in a cedar box, it is best to find an alternative storage solution, as cedar is not ideal for long-term storage. Cedar can cause mildew to grow on your dress, damaging it.

Avoiding common mistakes

Your wedding dress is an essential part of your special day. It can be tempting to keep it in a space that's easily accessible, but this is not the best option for preserving your dress. Avoid storing your dress in a closet, where it may be exposed to too much light and humidity. Instead, choose a dark and dry space, like a basement or attic. Avoid storing your dress in a plastic bag, as this can trap moisture and cause your dress to rot. If you choose to use a bag, make sure it is unclear, as this will let in too much light. Avoid curling your dress, as this can cause the fabric to stretch.

You are maintaining your dress over the years.

As your dress ages, you may notice discoloration or tears in the fabric. That is entirely natural, but if you notice any severe damage, you should get your dress professionally cleaned again. You can also choose to replace your wedding dress. Wedding dresses are costly to clean and preserve, and your taste may have changed since your wedding day, so you may want to get a new dress. If the dress has been professionally preserved or stored, you may notice that the fabric has become stiff or brittle. You can stretch the fabric again like you would if you wore the dress, but you'll need to be careful not to break the fabric.

Knowing when to replace your wedding dress

You know when it's time to replace your wedding dress when you notice severe damage, like tears or discoloration, or if it just doesn't feel the same. You may have a new style or changed sizes since your wedding day. You can choose to have your dress professionally cleaned again, or you can get a new one. If you decide to get a new dress, you can preserve your old dress by having it professionally cleaned or by storing it in a sealed plastic container. Alternatively, you can frame your dress and hang it on your wall as a reminder of your special day.

Alternative preservation methods

If you don't want to preserve your dress or don't have the means to, you can choose to frame your dress and put it on the wall as a piece of art. You can also choose to use your dress as a wedding decoration, sewing it onto a chair cover or making it part of your bouquet. This will prevent it from becoming damaged and discolored. You can also frame your dress. This will protect it from damage, but it won’t protect it from discoloration. If you choose to frame your dress, use UV-blocking glass. Keeping your dress out of direct sunlight is also a good idea. If you want to preserve your dress but don’t want to do anything too drastic, you can always fold it up and put it in a box. You can put it in a dress or garment bag or fold it in a box.

Where to get your wedding dress preserved professionally

If you don't have the time or means for your wedding dress preservation and don't want to frame it, you can choose to get your dress professionally preserved. That will cost around $100-$240 and can be done at most dry cleaners. A specialist wedding dress cleaning company can also get your dress professionally cleaned. That will cost between $100-$300 and can be found online.

Your dress will be placed in a machine that will kill all bacteria, remove stains, and remove wrinkles. The cleaner will then decide what treatment would be best for your dress before putting it into another machine that will add preservatives to your dress. That will extend your dress's life and help it stay in perfect condition. You can then get your preserved dress professionally pressed, which will cost between $20-$80, and your dress will be ready to be stored.

Tips for preserving your bridal accessories

You may have an array of accessories, like a veil or tiara, that you'd like to preserve. If you want to keep your accessories in pristine condition, you can choose to frame them. You can also get them cleaned and preserved professionally, costing between $100-$300.

If you want to keep your accessories clean, you can store them in an airtight container. You can also choose to wrap your accessories on paper and place them in a box or bag. That will keep them clean while still allowing them to breathe.


Preserving your wedding dress is crucial if you want to keep it around for years. To do this, you'll want to ensure it's clean, in good condition, and stored correctly. You can do this in several ways, from framing it to freezing it in a box. You can also fold it up and put it in a box. Whichever method you choose, ensure you preserve your wedding dress for years to come.