How to Keep Your Wedding Dress in Pristine Condition

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Your last wedding gown fitting will most likely take place two weeks to a few days before the big day. This is what we call the home stretch, brides. However, once your tailor has checked all the boxes to ensure a flawless fit, it is your responsibility to take your wedding gown home aad keep it safe until the ceremony. As it turns out, there are two ways to keep your bridal gown in the days leading up to your wedding.

Depending on the weight of your gown, certain salons may require even heavier material, such as intricate beading or structural lace. Continue reading for additional tips and ideas on how to properly keep your beaded or lace wedding gown before the big day.

Keep your dress away from plastics.

If your bridal gown is wrapped in plastic or a white plastic garment bag and you intend to keep it for more than a few weeks, you should remove it from the plastic or plastic garment bag. Wrap your dress in white or light-coloured cotton sheets, or place it in a light-coloured fabric garment bag. Plastic typically does not enable the fabric to ‘breathe’ and may even dull or yellow the garment when chemicals begin to degrade, and gases are released.

When and how to hang your dress

Many garments are ready-to-wear, but wedding dresses are a different story. As a rule of thumb, it’s best to avoid hanging your dress. The shoulders and bust area are the heaviest parts of a dress, so your dress could get warped, or the seams might pull if you hang it up. Instead of hanging, try to fold your dress so that the heaviest sections aren’t hanging. Put tissue paper or cardboard pieces in between the layers of your dress to avoid crushing. If you’re storing your dress in a garment bag, take it out and lay it flat, if possible.

If you’re planning on hanging your dress, use a padded hanger that doesn’t have dents in the shoulders. Also, avoid storing your dress in the closet or an attic, as these are not adequately climate-controlled environments. Ideally, place your dress inside a closet in your bedroom.

How to pack your dress

Many brides prefer to keep their wedding dress in their wedding dress bag. If that’s the case for you, make sure you’re keeping your dress bag in a safe place and that you’re putting tissue paper between the folds of your dress.

Keeping your dress in a wedding dress bag is a great way to store your dress, but if you’re shipping your dress off to the country or somewhere else, make sure you keep the dress in a garment bag. When storing your dress, you should also keep your dress away from other clothes, as the oils of other clothes could transfer to your dress.

Keep dress handling to a minimum.

One of the most common mistakes brides make when storing their wedding dress is handling it too much. While you’re just trying to get a feel for the dress and admire it, the oils from your hands could transfer to the dress and shorten its lifespan.

Another reason why you should handle your dress carefully is because of the fragile parts like the lace, tulle and beading. While storing your dress, no one should be allowed to try it on, as many delicate parts could rip or tear.

Wedding gown preservation after

Professional cleaning services are one of the best ways to extend the lifespan of your wedding dress. These experts have the experience, equipment and knowledge to protect your dress during cleaning. Preserving a gown is a unique process that entails professional cleaning and preserving your dress after being worn at your wedding and reception.


Your wedding dress is one of the essential parts of your wedding, so it’s no surprise that you want to keep it around for a long time. With proper care, you can ensure your dress will look just as beautiful as when you first put it on for years to come!

When you need your everyday clothing or unique occasion clothing professionally dry cleaned, bring it to Goodfellow Cleaners. With over 25 years of serving Ottawa residents and businesses, our Ottawa dry cleaning team is experienced at dry cleaning even your most valued garments like your wedding gown or expensive suit.

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