I've been asked several times about storing wedding gowns in vacuum seal bags such Space Bags. And while I've never used the product, I do not recommend using a vacuum seal storage bags for storing wedding dresses.
These bags claim to protect against dust, bugs, mildew and odors...and to save a lot of space for storage.
But when you vacuum seal a wedding dress, this is what can happen:
- The dress becomes creased, oftentimes permanently
- If there is any moisture in the dress (including from heavy humidity), mildew can form on the dress and damage it.
- If the wedding dress has not been properly cleaned, mold can form on the dress and damage it.
- Plastic will cause fine fabrics to yellow over time
While vacuum sealing might work fine for towels, blankets, sheets and regular clothing like jeans and tee shirts, this is not a good solution for preserving a wedding dress. In fact, it will likely cause permanent damage to your wedding dress.
There are two ways to properly preserve a wedding dress. Both methods require the dress to be properly cleaned before preservation.
The two best methods for wedding dress preservation are:
- In a 100% acid-free preservation box with the folds cushioned by acid-free tissue paper
- On a hanger protected by a white cotton garment bag like muslin
Both methods allow the dress to "breathe" provide some protection. Always store your wedding dress in a climate controlled area and never in a humid basement or hot attic.
Museums use the preservation box and that is the method I recommend. Storage is easier with the box, the dress is better protected and you don't run the risk of stretching seams when the dress is on a hanger.
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