Reprinted with permission from Brideworld magazine.
Caring for Your Dress
From Pick Up to the Walk Down the Aisle
You are on your way to pick up that precious wedding gown you have always dreamed of and you start thinking. Will the gown be okay in the car at the
airport while I pick up Aunt Lulu and Uncle Rob? Including the care and transport of your wedding gown and accessories in your planning will eliminate
a myriad of adverse woes. CREATE A PLAN TO CARE FOR YOUR GOWN FROM THE TIME YOU PICK IT UP TO THE WALK DOWN THE AISLE.
With Just a Bit of Planning, Your Wedding Day Will Be a Delightful Event
Pre Pick-Up — Where Is Your Gown Going?
You will need to know when the gown must be picked up from the bridal salon; a day or weeks before the wedding are possibilities.
The goal: Look as picture perfect at the altar as in the dress salon.
Picking Up the Gown
Well intentioned: Hanging a gown like this causes wrinkles and can affect the drape.
- Pressing should take place three hours to twenty-four hours prior to pick up. (A damp gown will wrinkle.)
- Check each layer of your petticoat to ensure it was pressed.
- Confirm that the gown is securely hung on a hanger that will not break.
- Hang the petticoat inside the gown to prevent wrinkles.
- Transport gowns with full skirts and or trains in long heavy-guage bags, not the zipper bridal bags, to prevent unwanted wrinkles.
- Bag veils separately in a light weight full-length long plastic cover. Do not folded over a narrow hanger.
Carrying and Loading
Throwing your neatly pressed gown over one arm is a no-no.
- If you are tall, you are lucky; hold hanger in one hand and hold that hand straight up. Vertically impaired? With auto keys in-hand take the hanger in
one hand and drape the gown front side up across the outstretched other arm.
- Carry your gown from the hanger, with the front of the gown facing up, into the car from the passengers side across the rear seat and hang on the
garment hook behind the drivers side. (The gown will lie on the seat.) This works best with two people. Fold the train at the hemline and drape
onto the floor. Have an SUV, drag from tailgate to garment hook behind the drivers seat. (Driving safety issue.)
- Hang the veil on top of the gown using the same process. Place the petticoat in the trunk or along side the gown in an SUV.
- Arrange to have your gown re-pressed upon arrival when traveling to a destination wedding.
Getting Dressed — Avoiding Wrinkles and Spots
The moment has come for you to don your wedding attire; your hair and make-up are perfect, now where to start. With a little planning, you will
glide down the aisle without wrinkles and spots.
- Remember to wear a garment that wraps or has buttons for ease of removal when having your hair and make-up done.
- Start with all undergarments include petticoat and shoes, often feet are hard to find under mounds of fluff.
- Sliding your gown over your head will go smoothly and prevent wrinkles if you hold your hands above your head in a diving manner with elbows
slightly bent to ad space to protect you face. If your headpiece and veil are in place, drop your hands behind your head to hold them firmly in place.
Wait for it: If you want this photo in your album, wait until after the event and just before you take off the gown
to avoid wrinkles in your ceremony.
- Allow the gown to drop to your waist and carefully pull the veil through then proceed to fasten the gown. When buttons are utilized, fasten the
top hook or button; then continue closing the buttons from the bottom up.
- Put jewelry on last to avoid losing or snagging your gown and veil.
- Sit straight up and do not rest your hands in your lap while wearing your gown.
- Sitting on a seat without a back and draping the train over the seat will lessen the possibility of wrinkles.
- Bustling your train before the ceremony will cause set in wrinkles. Have an attendant carry the train for you; you deserve the pampering.
- Smooch without touching; use Hollywood Starlet kisses.
- Blot excess moisture from bridal bouquet just before photos and walk down the aisle.
- Starving? Munch before putting on your gown.
- Blot condensation on outside of drinking glasses and water bottles before taking that drink.
Emergency Wrinkle and Spot Removal
You made your plan, fluffed, blotted and protected yet the nightmare has occurred. Practicing the following techniques on other garments prior to
your wedding day will have you completely prepared.
- Have a good Emergency Bridal Kit available near by at all times (Purchase well in advance).
- Remove shallow wrinkles with a hot hair dryer and or a hand steamer. Do not try to press or steam wrinkles away while bride is in her gown.
HOLDING DRYER CLOSE TO FABRIC MAY CAUSE DAMAGE. DO NOT USE STEAM ON SILKS THEY WILL CRINKLE.
- Dry press when using an iron. DO NOT ADD WATER INTO IRON. Use un-coated tissue paper or an un-textured cloth between the iron and fabric or
press on backside of fabric.
- Bring a professional cleaning solution (some liquid instant carpet cleaners work well) in a travel size spray bottle.
- Wipe the spot with a soft absorbent cloth (a towel works well) in a circular motion from the center out, and then repeat from outer edge of spot to center.
- Pat or blow-dry cleaned spots in a circular motion from the outer edge to the center to dry.
- When all else fails, try concealing spots with white powder, fabric paint, chalk or white out.