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Storage advice

Wedding dresses can pack away beautifully and remain as white and perfect as the day they were worn; but there are some simple, essential rules to follow :

  1. Wedding Dress Storage BoxHand made boxes by
    The Empty Box Company
    Do not store long term in plastic dress covers. They are designed to be and are only suitable for hanging the dress for a short time ie before the wedding - not long term storage: They let in light that can fade the fabric. They do not allow for changes in humidity, in extreme cases causing condensation and mould. PVC covers will disintegrate after several years and particles may drop onto the fabric of the dress.
  2. Do not store in a normal cardboard box. Unless made with special pH neutral board. All boxes contain acid that passes into the dress fabric causing discolouration / yellowing.
  3. Wardrobes, drawers, suitcase linings, colour dyes in clothes will all have an effect on the purer fabrics of a wedding dress if it lies next to it. It is always best to separate a wedding dress from any other item and to surround it with an acid free medium.
  4. NEVER wrap the wedding dress in BLACK tissue paper. ALL coloured tissue paper contains dye which will affect the dress. Place the dress in a genuinely dark place, tissue paper should always be white and acid free.
  5. Although OK short term, don't hang a dress on a hanger long term, this avoids stress on the seams and shape.
  6. Never store the dress in the attic. All sorts of disasters such as leaking roof, general damp, and insects can affect a dress in the attic even if it is well protected!

Do's

Wedding Dress Storage BoxHand made boxes by
The Empty Box Company
  1. Do have the dress cleaned by a specialist dry cleaner like Southbourne Dry Cleaning who specialise in cleaning wedding dresses. Cleaning removes stains that may show later and cleaning fluid can also be an insect deterrent.
  2. Follow simple sensible rules; store away from light, heat, damp etc.
  3. Always store in a pH neutral medium - with tissue paper that is acid free (tissue paper will BECOME acidic, if in a non acid free box, and would need to be changed regularly.)
  4. A wedding dress storage box needs to be sturdy enough to eliminate light, protect from dust and accident, be of a breathable material i.e. not plastic and be pH neutral i.e. contain no acid or alkali. A box made of heavy board with a fitted lid will protect from insects providing there are no gaps between lid and base. The Empty Box Company wedding boxes fulfil all these criteria and can be bought from Southbourne Dry Cleaning.