Yay! Your wedding gown alterations are complete. You tried it on and are carrying the big poofy bag out of the shop and then you wonder, now what? We at Wonderland Bridal have a list of all of the things you will need to know to make sure that you look picture perfect in your wedding dress!
Transporting your wedding gown
Once your wedding gown leaves the alterations shop, presumably it is already steamed or pressed. In order to avoid excessive wrinkles, we suggest transporting your wedding dress in a vehicle where the seats can fold down. This flat surface should minimize imperfections caused by transporting your wedding gown.
Hanging your wedding dress
When you get where you are going, make sure you hang your dress in a clean dry area away from pets and heavy foot traffic. Your wedding gown should be high enough off the ground that the train has enough floor space to be let down and fanned out. Be sure you do not hang your wedding dress from light fixtures, sprinkler heads, or ceiling fans to prevent burns or drenching your wedding gown in water. The ideal place to hang your wedding dress is at the top of a closet door. Resist the urge to try your wedding gown on again. You don’t want to run the risk of damaging or staining it before you get a chance to walk down the aisle.
Steaming your wedding dress
If you are traveling with your dress by plane or car long distance you may want to have your dress professionally steamed. If this is not possible and you absolutely have to steam this yourself we recommend the following. Read the care tag of your wedding gown. Just like you would a shirt or pair of pants follow the instructions before you do anything to the gown. Not all fabrics respond to the same degree of heat and can be ruined if you are not careful. Before steaming, rinse out the tank and make sure it is empty before adding clean water. Let the steamer run its course for a minute to make sure the steam emitting from it is clear. If it is not, do not use this steamer otherwise you risk staining your wedding gown. While steaming your gown be sure you do not apply the nozzle directly to the fabric and leave an inch in between.
Putting your wedding gown on
So you have had your hair and makeup done and it’s time to put on your wedding dress. You will want to step into it to avoid messing up your makeup or having it smudged on your wedding gown. Perfume should be put on before you step into your wedding gown. Spraying it directly on to the dress can cause stains or change the color of some beading. Once your wedding dress is on, have someone help you put your shoes on. Stepping into your wedding gown with shoes on can increase the odds of making it dirty.
Keeping it clean during your wedding
Before the ceremony have someone designated to help you navigate wet or dirty floors, asphalt, and grass. They can do this by helping you carry your train. Bustling your train before the ceremony can cause it to become wrinkled. If any makeup or oil stains appear on your dress, lightly coat with baby powder and wait 15 minutes before gently removing excess powder. This should make the stains appear lighter. Do not apply water to wine stains. This is the best way to make the stain spread. Blot the area with a towel and go back to having fun.
After your wedding
Avoid putting your wedding dress in a plastic bag. This could cause mold or mildew build-up. Store it in the cloth garment bag your wedding gown came in. Go on your honeymoon and when you come back call Wonderland Bridal about wedding gown cleaning and preservation. The sooner you clean your gown the better the chance of having any stains removed. Wonderland Bridal works with Wedding Gown Preservation Company to have your wedding dress professionally cleaned and preserved in 10 weeks or less. If you still have your wedding dress and don’t know what to do with it, call us today!