You've tied the knot and you are now officially a married woman! But what in the world are you supposed to do with your dress and veil now? Where and how do you store them? How do you go about preserving them properly so that you can pass them on to future generations? Read on for a few of my best tips.
Caring for your Veil Before The Wedding Ceremony
6-9 Months Before the Wedding: Hang your Veil Up
Believe it or not, the key to keeping your wedding veil and accessories pristine is to start BEFORE you even wear it! Make sure to keep your dress and veil in a protective bag.
To store and protect your veil, slip the veil over any hanger and fold it crosswise, smoothing out any wrinkles. Once you have properly hung your veil, place it inside a protective garment bag to shield it from entangling with other items in your closet and to prevent your beloved dog or cat from thinking that you have bought them a new toy! :)
You just need a 100% cotton bag
like this or any other smooth bag that does not have any rough or pointy metal closures that your veil and dress could get caught on.
The bonus is that you can use this same bag to transport your veil to and from fittings and to your venue day of.
If you are flying and are having a destination wedding, I would recommend traveling with it in this same garment bag.
No hassle and no worries. No stress!
Store in a cool, dry place that is away from direct sunlight.
Steam the Veil 1 Week Before the Wedding
About a week before your wedding is when you should give it a once-over and get out any stray wrinkles. In order to get the wrinkles out you have 3 options. can either have the veil steamed (they can do this at alteration shops or you can with a handheld steamer), or you can hang it up in a steamy bathroom, and the weight of the accessory will naturally take out the wrinkles within 4-5 days.
No ironing unless it is done by a professional. The likelihood of messing this up is pretty high! Steaming is a much safer option for veils, capes, or bridal cover-ups.
You would be amazed by how many brides stain or rip their gown or veil before the big day just by not properly storing it ahead of time. The most common scenario I hear about is how a bride's dog or cat decided to "play" with the wedding veil, resulting in a rip in the delicate tulle fabric of the veil that could not be mended. Save yourself the headache of last-minute patches or alterations by placing them in a protective case or bag.
After The Wedding Ceremony
Now is when the real work begins. I recommend starting the preservation process as soon as possible after your wedding. You can wait until after your honeymoon, but when you get back you should take them to your dry cleaners.
Even if your dress & veil look good now, there may still be light stains and oils from your skin that you cannot see.
Over the years, these stains will yellow and darken. Don't wait more than a week or two as it can get significantly more tricky to remove stains and dirt.