A guide to shipping your wedding dress

Whether you are planning a destination wedding or have just sold your dress on, shipping that all-important gown can seem daunting. In fact, with lots of great courier services around – and these simple tips – the process of shipping a wedding dress has never been easier.

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Small and sturdy

You may decide to use a same day courier service in Birmingham or take your parcel to the post office in London but, whatever you do, pack your dress in a small and sturdy box. Don’t choose a box that is so cramped that fine detail on the dress gets damaged, but you should also make sure that it is not so big that the dress moves around too much inside. You also don’t want to be paying any more than you have to for postage. As a general guide, most wedding dresses would fit in an 18 x 16 x 9 inch or 43 x 30 x 14 cm box.

Acid-free paper

Lay a piece of acid-free tissue on a table. Place your dress on top and wrap gently. White muslin can also be used, but steer clear of standard tissue paper containing acid.

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Fold carefully

Fold your dress carefully and separate layers with tissue paper. This is particularly important if your dress has embellishments and jewels, as the paper will prevent the fabric from catching when being transported by mail or by a Same Day Courier service in Birmingham.

Bag it

Once folded and wrapped in tissue, place your gown in a clear bag and fold down its opening. This plastic layer will offer added protection if the box splits or gets wet. Just be sure to dispose of any unused plastic properly. The importance of doing this is explained at https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/why-recycle-plastic-rubbish-oceans-8-million-tonnes-pollution-microplastics-a7541476.html.

Seal with tape

Use thick sticky tape to seal your box shut and use several layers if necessary. Stick on your address label and cover this completely in tape. Make sure to remove any old labels on the box and write ‘wedding gown’ on it to warn couriers that it needs to be handled carefully.

Thank you

If you are selling your dress, buyers really appreciate finding a little note from you inside their parcel. All it needs to do is thank them for buying your dress and wish them luck.