Smart brides don't wait until the last minute for anything, most importantly the Wedding Dress. Some even buy the perfect dress months or years in advance. Knowing how to store a wedding dress before the wedding, as well as after, is the key to ensuring that your dress stays as beautiful as you bought it.
Most brides know to protect their wedding gown after their wedding by cleaning and preserving it like the picture above, but they often don't often think about protecting their wedding gown before their wedding.
The most common misconception is that the gown is safe as long as it stays in the plastic bag it came in. Nothing could be more false. The plastic bags contain a chemical called BHT (butylated hydroxyl tolune), that mixes with the moisture in the air and can cause yellowing and staining of the gown. These plastic bags are only meant to keep your wedding dress clean until you get it home. I do not recommend keeping it in the plastic bag much longer than a few days.
A muslin bag is a great solution. The photo above is a muslin garment bag. This is a light, cotton fabric that will not damage the dress over time. We have these available in Birmingham, Alabama. They can even be used as an alternative to placing the wedding gown in a preservation chest, although, to me, the chest is preferable for long-term wedding dress preservation.
You can also use a clean white cotton sheet, maybe two, pinned together to protect the wedding gown, at least for the short term. This is the most practical method of protecting your wedding gown before the wedding. Depending on the size of the wedding gown and the sheets, two white cotton sheets placed under and over the gown, like bread on a sandwich, with safety pins around the outside should protect the gown for a few weeks or months before the wedding.
Use one of these solutions when traveling to a destination wedding via automobile...or even to take the wedding gown to the wedding site.
Just be sure to keep it away from kids, pets, heat and moisture. And remember to check it before the wedding in case the wrinkles need to be steamed out.
Of course, after the wedding just bring your gown to us and we'll clean it up and preserve it so it stays looking as good as new.
You can decide the best method for long-term preservation of your wedding dress...but my recommendation is always use a museum-quality, 100% acid free preservation chest.