A long, long time ago, at the tender age of nineteen-almost-twenty, I skipped across the grass on my father’s arm to speak binding vows of lasting love and devotion, exchange rings, and enter the bonds of holy matrimony.
I had no idea what I was getting into.
Nearly eleven years later I am lying on my mother’s bed with my chin propped on my hands watching as mom pulls my wedding dress down from her closet where it has been hidden away, carefully wrapped up inside a sheet.
What a BIG DEAL the wedding dress was. Miles upon miles of silk. The embroidery! The pearl buttons! The lace!
The cynical me… the me who’s been married for very many years and who has become practical in her aged wisdom… this version of me would tell you that wedding dresses aren’t worth it.
Spend the money on something else, I’d tell you.
And yet, as I gaze upon the dress now, I can’t help but be sucked into the romance of it. It’s so beautiful! So white! So elaborate! The buttons! The embroidery! The silk!
“It’s like a PRINCESS DRESS!” CJ announces in breathless wonder. And I have to agree.
I hold it against my cheek, breathing in the smell of it, reveling in the crisp glossiness of the silk.
“Try it on, mommy!” CJ orders. And, while I wish I could, there are some things that are not meant to be. Me wearing this wedding dress on this day (with these hips) is one of those things.
I can’t believe how fast time has gone by. That it’s been ten years since I wore this dress. How long will it be before I look at it again?
But the sad fact is that these trips done memory lane won’t be quite so lovely if the dress gets all yellowed and moth-eaten. And The Sheet, helpful (and cheap) though it may be, is probably NOT the optimal storage solution for a priceless artifact of love.
Here’s where you come in. Do you have advice for wedding dress storage? What’s the best approach?
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