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Can I Use A Plastic Garment Bag To Protect a Wedding Dress?

Posted by David Whitehurst on July 12, 2012

Plastic garment bags for wedding dressesA plastic garment bag is a great way to protect a wedding dress while transporting.  It will provide a good barrier from spills and rain, and provide some protection from "crushing" the dress so it can stay more wrinkle free.

But a plastic garment bag is not a good place to store a wedding dress for an extended period of time...even a few weeks could prove too long to store your dress.  Here's why:

  • A plastic garment bag does not usually allow the fabric to breathe which is essential for the "good health" of the dress
  • Plastic will emit fumes that can cause a wedding dress to turn yellow
  • Hanging a dress for an extended period of time can cause the seams of the dress to stretch, especially for wedding dresses with long trains

There are breathable garment bags designed today for wedding dresses so they can be a better choice although they might not have some of the protection useful when transporting the dress (barrier to spills).

So you can use a plastic garment bag to transport a wedding dress.  But don't use it for storing your dress or for long-tern wedding dress preservation

You will not like the outcome.  I guarantee it!

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