There’s a lot to love about a hand-beaded wedding dress. It’s one-of-a-kind, striking as could be, and turns your gown into a literal sparkling treasure to keep as a family heirloom.
However, wearing a beaded wedding gown comes with some extra responsibility to ensure it stays pristine in the days leading up to your big day, and after.
In this post, we share our best tips to properly care for a beaded wedding dress.
Generally, beaded wedding gowns can’t be dry cleaned, which is why it’s important to read the label or inquire about whether this is OK for your dress.
If your beaded gown can be dry cleaned, it’s best to leave it to the professionals. At LOVE, we recommend going to Oceanside Cleaners if you’re a Jacksonville bride. They will carefully examine and hand-wash your dress, protecting any beading, lace, and embroidery.
Sharp edges and rough surfaces are a beaded gown’s worst enemies. It’s important to be gentle with your dress and protect it as much as possible.
Always keep it sealed in a garment bag, away from dust, sunlight, and accidental spills. It’s normal if some beads come off, and you might notice a few strays in the box your dress arrives in. Some designers include an extra packet of beads, just in case.
The way you store your dress is essential for preserving its beauty, and that doesn’t mean hanging it up in your closet with your other dresses!
Keep your beaded gown in its garment bag, stored in a separate room or area of the home that doesn’t get much traffic (think pets and children). Exposure to sunlight can damage a dress, so aim for a spot that’s cool and dark, laying the dress flat, if possible.
If traveling with your wedding dress, don’t forget your trusty garment bag! Lay it flat in the backseat of a vehicle or if you’re flying, inquire about whether the plane has a closet in the cabin where you can hang your dress during the flight.