How To Preserve Your Wedding Veil and Dress

How To Preserve Your Wedding Veil and Dress

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.

Caring for your Veil Before The Wedding Ceremony

6-9 Months Before the Wedding: Hang your Veil Up

Believe it or not, the key to keeping your wedding veil and accessories pristine is to start BEFORE you even wear it! Make sure to keep your dress and veil in a protective bag.
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.

Steam the Veil 1 Week Before the Wedding

About a week before your wedding is when you should give it a once-over and get out any stray wrinkles. In order to get the wrinkles out you can either have the veil steamed (they can do this at alteration shops or you can with a handheld steamer), or you can hang it up in a steamy bathroom, and the weight of the accessory will naturally take out the wrinkles within 4-5 days.

No ironing unless it is done by a professional. The likelihood of messing this up is pretty high! Steaming is a much safer option for veils, capes, or bridal cover-ups.

hanging the veil over a hanger to get wrinkles out
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 Wedding 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.
 
blusher wedding veil in downdo and blue dress

 

To be safe, I recommend having your wedding attire and bridal veil professionally preserved rather than trying to DIY it. Such a special garment really does deserve the time and attention of a professional who can make sure your dress and veil stay pristine for years to come. These services normally start at around $250 and can go to around $500 depending on how intricate your dress and veil are, how much beading and lace there is, and the amount of fabric. The good news is that many preservation businesses will allow you to preserve your veil for no extra charge if you are already preserving your wedding dress with them.

I know that it can be painful to spend more after you have already invested in your wedding ceremony and reception – after all, weddings are expensive! But you’ll be so thankful that you did this years from now so that you can pass your dress and gown down to future generations.
 

bride and groom with English net wedding veil in tiara

You have 3 options for preserving your veil:

  1. Do a Google search for a local “wedding dress preservation” business and choose one that has good reviews
  2. There are many businesses that you can ship your dress and veil to for professional preservation. This is especially useful if you are not located near a big city. One of my favorites is by the "Wedding Gown Preservation Company" as they also include preservation for 3 accessories (such as your veil!). You ship your dress and veil to them and they do all the work for you.
  3. If you are on a tight budget and really want to DIY it, then you need a 100% cotton bag to hang your dress and veil in as this avoids permanent creasing, mold damage, and discoloration. If you prefer to store it in a box, then you can buy acid-free tissue to help fold it. The tissue will soften creases and avoid weakening of the fabric at the folds. You can also order a preservation box and acid free tissue paper as a complete set. This is a wonderful gift for brides, and most boxes will be large enough to fit both the veil and the dress.

 

Venice lace long wedding veil for outdoor wedding

TAKEAWAY TIP for preserving your bridal veil or cape:

No matter which of the above methods you choose, make sure that your dress and veil are stored in an “acid-free and lignin-free” box or 100% cotton bag. I then recommend storing them in a cool, dry location (my favorites are in a closet or under the bed).

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