When you’re a bride-to-be, when it comes to all of the purchases that you have to make in time for your upcoming nuptials, definitely the most important one is your wedding gown. However, one misconception that a lot of women have is that once they purchase their dress from a bridal shop, there is no other care or maintenance that is required.
That’s where this article sheds a bit of light on the topic. In order to ensure that your dress is beautiful, comfortable, and picture-perfect for your wedding day, here are some things that you should make sure to do beforehand.
Have it dry-cleaned. Although you might have bought your dress straight off of the rack, remember that there’s a pretty good chance that other people tried it on before you did. That’s why it’s a good idea to have it professionally dry-cleaned, especially if it is made out of silk, wool, rayon, or acetate fiber. Also, make sure that you go to a cleaners that specializes in formal wear and also has some kind of guarantee in case they inadvertently damage it during the cleaning process.
Keep it stored in a cool and dry place. Once your dress is clean, it’s important that you store it properly until your wedding day arrives. The best way to do this is to get a storage bag to put it in and then to hang it up in a cool and dry place (like the back of your closet, for example). If you’re wondering where you can get this kind of garment bag, eBay has plenty of them, or you can find them at a local David’s Bridal store too.
Steam-press it the day of the wedding. Whether your dress has been sitting in a storage bag for a couple of days or several weeks, it’s bound to get some wrinkles on it. That’s why, on the day of your wedding, you should set aside an hour or so to steam-press your gown. However, you definitely want to be careful and make sure that you don’t apply too much heat and that you don’t rush through the process. One website that you can give you some great step-by-step instructions is eHow. Go to the site and put “steam-press a wedding dress” in the search field.
Use a toothbrush and detergent for spot stains. If you were to ask someone who works at a bridesmaids’ gift company like Wedding Prep Gals for another wedding planning tip as it specifically relates to your wedding dress, one thing that they might recommend is that you look over your dress to make sure there are no tiny spot stains. If you do notice a couple, don’t panic. All you need is a small cup of warm water, a bit of laundry detergent, and an old toothbrush. If you gently rub the stain with the solution, that should take it right out.
Watch what you eat and drink. One other thing that you should definitely not forget to do on your wedding day is watch what you eat or drink. Anything that could result in a stain should you accidentally drop it or spill it (such as chocolate or grape juice), you can go without. Remember, you have forever to eat “messy foods,” but you have only one chance to make a first impression on your wedding day!