My original plan was to sell my wedding dress after the ‘big day’. I had this romantic notion that someone high on love, but short on cash would be grateful for being able to wear such a beauty on the day they say ‘I do’.
I didn’t want to make a knee-jerk decision though. What if I regretted it later? And so, for the last couple of years, my wedding dress has lived in our spare room (a.k.a the room where projects go to die) slung over the back of an office chair.
I took it out from its, now decaying, carrier a while ago and decided to pop the dress on to see if I could bear to part with it. Granted it didn’t look so good without the hair, make-up and heels – but even so – it still made me feel like a princess. It didn’t make sense to keep it, but, when it comes to love, things rarely do make sense.
My Sister-in-Law stored hers (straight after the wedding – she is soooo much more organised than me!) in a beautiful box filled with acid free tissue paper and so I set to Google to find something similar.
The Empty Box Company, as the name would suggest, specialise in creating, erm, empty boxes. So what?! My day job is in an industrial setting, cardboard boxes are ten-a-penny on our production line and in our warehouse. What The Empty Box Company specialise in is beautiful boxes. Boxes that make you swoon. Boxes that make your heart flutter. And, most importantly of all, boxes that protect your precious wedding dress from light, dust and dirt as well as preventing it from getting crushed or marked and helping to stop it yellowing (they also make gorgeous boxes for Christening gowns and other storage solutions). Apparently the boxes have been known to prevent from fire and flood damage – hopefully we will never have to put that to the test! The box is manufactured from pH neutral board to help avoid the dress from yellowing and to keep it fresh and clean.
They’re not cheap and I did think I was crazy paying out almost £80 on an empty box, albeit a beautiful one. The boxes are available in varying sizes and although I could have probably fitted my dress into the medium sized box I also wanted to house my veil and other accessories in there, so opted for the extra large option just to be sure. I have to say it’s massive! You can even choose the design of your box and opt to have calligraphy included (at an extra cost).
One of my concerns was that the box would arrive battered and beaten. Not so. It arrived in sturdy cardboard box, stuffed with more cardboard for protection and, my beautiful wedding dress box, was, cleverly, enclosed in a plastic bag with two large knots at the top to make lifting it out of the packaging even easier (I do love it when companies think of little details like that).
Sure, it’s a box, but it’s also a thing of beauty. It’s sturdy. It’s pink (I opted for the Parisienne pink design). It’s got a massive beautiful bow on it and handy details like sturdy rope handles to make accessing the box easier. When I opened it I literally swooned at the lace lining at the top.
Fortunately the beautiful box comes with instructions on how to get your wedding dress packed up and into it. Basically layer of acid free tissue paper (included with the box), add dress, fold dress, another layer of acid free tissue paper, keep going… You need to try to avoid the dress touching itself (hence the layers of tissue paper between) I don’t think there’s an exact science (some wedding dress shops will do this for you) but I managed to get the dress into the box using this technique with a bit of help from the back of our sofa (alternatively you could get your husband or a bridesmaid to give you a hand). Don’t forget to stuff some scrunched up acid free tissue paper into the bodice of the dress to help to retain its shape.
When I reached the top layer I swooned again. Look how pretty it looks!
Then I piled in the accessories, taking a moment to try on the veil again (has to be done) and, again, ensuring they didn’t touch the dress, or each other, by wrapping in lots of acid free tissue paper.
For the time being the beautiful box is residing in our spare room, until we get new wardrobes sorted. The boxes are intended to be placed on top of a wardrobe or under a bed – away from damp, heat and sunlight. Storing in a loft is not recommended.
So, yes, an expensive beautiful box. Not what I’d originally intended for my wedding dress, but right now, I couldn’t be happier.
What have you done with your wedding dress?
On a side note, I do find it funny that wedding dresses are so expensive, yet they come on such cheap hangers… Why is that?!