Every bride wants to look like a princess on her wedding day, which is why her main concern for the day is her lehenga. It just has to be the best. But the thing that can become an issue is taking care of this rather expensive outfit after the ceremony is over. You cannot just wrap it up and store it away. Doing so will certainly spoil the delicate fabric and the embroidery.
1. Dry cleaning
If you are planning to wear your lehenga again on any occasion, you might have to iron it to remove creases. But while ironing at home, you need to be a little careful as high heat can ruin the delicate fabric and embroidery. Always set the temperature of the iron according to the fabric of the outfit. Then turn your lehenga inside out and do a small patch test on a corner. If you see any damage, then set the temperature at its lowest. If you want to iron without doing this, make sure you place a light fabric on the surface. It will absorb excess heat and also prevent the zari or any other embroidery from getting spoilt.
3. Giving finishing touches
Before you decide to wear your lehenga again, check for any damage done to the outfit. There are chances that during the wedding ceremony a few stones or beads might have fallen out from the outfit or some other embroidery might have been damaged. So it is best to send your dress to the store to give it the finishing touches, and complete the dress before dry cleaning.
Folding the bridal outfit correctly is very important. Wrong folds can damage the work of the lehenga. Before folding, it is advisable to place sheets of tissue papers or soft fabrics between the folds so that the sequins, zari or any other embroidery does not rub against each other or get tangled. Also, keep changing the folds from time to time to prevent the fabric from tearing at the creases.
Improper storage can spoil your outfit completely. Always wrap the outfit in an unbleached cotton cloth or muslin and store it in a place that is cool and dry, away from direct sunlight. If possible store the dress in a box made from acid-free materials. If you are storing it in a cupboard, make sure it is moth free.
6. Show some sunlight
Every once in a while, take your lehenga out from the box and let it get fresh air and sunlight. This way, the fabric will remain fresh for a long time.
7. Take help from wedding preservationist
If you are still clueless and worried about how to keep your lehenga safe, there are agencies that help in packing and storing the wedding outfit in the right way.
8. Let them smell good
Add some naphthalene balls, cedar oil balls or some pieces of cloves to the muslin cloth for your outfit to smell good always. This will also help keep your outfit away from insects.
9. DIY or transform your lehenga
Just dumping the outfit will lose its charm. The best way to preserve your bridal outfit is to transform and reuse. You can use the different parts of the outfit to create new outfits. Like the bridal lehenga blouse can be used with a plain saree or its ghagra can be used with another contrasting blouse to create all together a completely new outfit. This way you will be able to wear your lehenga in multiple ways and remember those moments being nostalgic!
Follow these easy tips to store your lehenga with care and keep your outfit as good as new. This way, even years later, you can look all special and regal whenever you wish to!