Rhode Island Wedding Guide

Cleaning & Preserving Your Dress

You should get your dress professionally cleaned as soon as possible after the wedding. Find a reputable cleaner who specializes in cleaning and storing wedding dresses. Who knows, maybe you may just need it some day for your own daughter!

Before the wedding, purchase a white, cotton sheet (with as little synthetic fiber content as possible) and wash it in hot water without detergent. Bring it with you on your wedding day so you can wrap your dress in it after you take it off. Since most couples leave for their honeymoon right away, designate a friend or relative to bring your dress to the cleaners. Be sure that either you or the person who brings the wedding dress points out every stain. It's easy to get makeup, food and beverages spilled on your dress and you'll want to be sure that every stain is removed before storing.

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Ask the cleaners how they will store your wedding dress - you'll want to make sure they pack it in acid-free paper and an acid-free box. The box should not have a cellophane window because it can cause discoloring. If you are not going to preserve your dress right away, you should still get it cleaned as soon as possible. Then you should wrap the dress in a white sheet (as stated above), hang it on a padded hanger, and store in a room where the temperature does not get too hot or too cold (ie: do NOT store in an attic or basement). You'll also want to make sure that it is not stored in direct sunlight.

Timeliness: It is best to clean the wedding dress within thirty days of wearing it. The longer the stain sits, the less chance there will be of removing it.

Every five to seven years you should take the dress out of the box and refold and inspect it. Be sure to wear white gloves to prevent any oil on your fingers from damaging the fabric. A wedding dress in an all-natural fabric (such as cotton or silk) that is preserved with care, will last longer than a dress that is made out of man-made fibers.

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