You've tied the knot and you are now officially a married woman! But what in the world are you supposed to do with your dress and veil now? Where and how do you store them? How do you go about preserving them properly so that you can pass them on to future generations? Read on for a few of my best tips.
Before The Ceremony
Believe it or not, the key to keeping your wedding veil and accessories are to start BEFORE you even wear it! Make sure to keep your dress and veil in a protective bag (for example, as shown here
To store and protect your veil, slip the veil over any hanger and fold it crosswise, smoothing out any wrinkles. Once you have properly hung your veil, place it inside a protective garment bag to shield it from entangling with other items in your closet and to prevent your beloved dog or cat from thinking that you have bought them a new toy! :) Store in a cool, dry place that is away from direct sunlight.
You would be amazed by how many brides stain or rip their gown or veil before the big day just by not properly storing it ahead of time. The most common scenario I hear about is how a bride's dog or cat decided to "play" with the wedding veil, resulting in a rip in the delicate tulle fabric of the veil that could not be mended. Save yourself the headache of last-minute patches or alterations by placing them in a protective case or bag.
After The Ceremony
Now is when the real work begins. I recommend starting the preservation process as soon as possible after your wedding. You can wait until after your honeymoon, but when you get back you should take them to your dry cleaners. Even if your dress & veil look good now, there may still be light stains and oils from your skin that you cannot see. Over the years, these stains will yellow and darken. Don't wait more than a week or two as it can get significantly more tricky to remove stains and dirt.