Your wedding dress goes through a lot, from the ceremony and photos to dinner, drinking, and dancing, and let’s just say it won’t be quite so pristine after it’s been out of that dress bag all day. Whether you’re hoping your sister or future daughter will want to wear it, or you just want to save it for memory’s sake, when your wedding day is all said and done, your gown needs to be cleaned and preserved by a professional. So what does that mean, and what can you do to set yourself up for dress success? We asked Dan Miller, CEO of Mulberrys Cleaners, to walk us through the process.
How to Protect Your Dress Before the Wedding
“As soon as you get your dress, swap the plastic hanger for a padded one and hang your dress in a cool, dry place,” says Miller. Keep it in the dress bag if you’ve got a lot of time before your big day, but once you’re a few days out, find somewhere safe where you can remove the bag and let the skirt and train hang to start releasing some wrinkles.
Your Wedding Day Is Over, Now What?
Miller advises brides to get their dress to a cleaner as soon as possible. “The day after your wedding is ideal, and it really should be within a month of the big day,” he says. “The average bride waits six weeks before dropping off the dress, which can allow stains to set.” It also means you’ll have to wait longer to get it back
Don’t even think about it. “The best maxim is ‘first, do no harm.’” says Miller. “Any efforts to pre-treat the garment may result in damage, or could set a stain and make the cleaning process more difficult later.”
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