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Wedding postponed? Take care of your big day ensemble
For many brides, the search for “the one” can be a long and drawn-out process, and we aren't talking about the groom
For many brides, the search for "the one" can be a long and drawn-out process, and we aren't talking about the groom.
It' their precious wedding ensemble that involves months of planning with multiple visits to bridal boutiques. Special occasions deserve a special look. For brides scheduled to tie the knot this year, the Coronavirus pandemic has paused almost every aspect of wedding planning, with thousands of couples forced to reconsider their upcoming nuptials.
We have some tips on how to protect and preserve your wedding gown in the event you had picked it up prior to the outbreak; you're going to want to make sure your gown stays in the best condition possible until your big day, whenever it happens.
Here are a few tips to maintain these gorgeous possessions go on to become heirlooms.
Preserving your wedding ensemble for future generations can be done with just a bit of care. The key is to protect it from the elements, especially light and moisture. With proper handling, the gown and accessories should last for years.
Planning for the future preservation of your wedding dress begins on the day you start shopping. When you find "the dress" be sure to ask the sales consultant how the dress should be cleaned.
However, the most troubling part with these expensive purchases is their maintenance during this pandemic because weddings are being postponed. Given all the sheen and glitter, metallic borders, fabrics and colour combinations, maintaining them in mint condition is quite difficult. For example, real Zari needs very specific care, or it becomes discolored.
When it comes to Indian ethnic ensembles, they are available in a huge variety. Often the ones we buy for special occasions are ornate and embellished, crafted in myriad fabrics and detailed designs.
Among the Indian Ethnic wear range, Sarees and Lehengas make for great buys, as they are versatile and fluid. You can wear them for years, at any age, and play with a variety of looks. There are many ways, one can store and take care of them.
"Store each of your silk sarees wrapped in a separate cotton or muslin cloth. You can also opt for soft towels. There are saree bags available in the market make sure you get a cotton bag and avoid using the polyester bags which are usually great for storing sarees of other fibres.
The reason for covering your saree with a cotton or muslin cloth is so that the saree can breathe, the zari doesn't darken from oxidation by reacting with air, to keep your saree from getting snagged by other fabrics in your wardrobe and to protect it from moths, also make it a point to refold your sarees every three months this will prevent it from tearing in the fold lines.
If your saree has elaborate embroidery work, you can get a netted lining attached to preserve the thread work and keep it from getting tangled. Also be sure to fold this inside the folds of the saree in order to preserve its sheen," say experts.
If your collection is simple and made from fabric that can be hand-washed at home, pretreat the stains and be sure to check the dress well for damage before you store it away. One important tip is to allow the gown to dry completely before packing away to prevent mildew growth. Keep the gown away from both artificial light and natural sunlight to prevent fabric damage.
If you plan to do your own packing of the dress and accessories for storage, be sure every piece is clean and completely dry before storing. Accessories like a belt or headband that have metal buttons or faux jewels and decorations should be stored separately from the fabric items to prevent accidental damage from tarnishing. You will also need to purchase archival tissue paper.
Instead, the experts recommend keeping your dress in any cool, dry area with a consistent temperature and no direct sunlight and also It is always better to use hangers for your silk and banarsi sarees, this method will leave your saree wrinkle free.
Inspect your wedding treasures at least once per year. Look for any stains that may appear and treat them promptly. You will have better success with stain removal the sooner the stains are caught.
After inspecting, with clean hands, fold the items slightly differently and cushion with the tissue to minimize crease.