WEDDING DRESS SUCCESS
BEFORE THE WEDDING...
- Do not leave your gown in a plastic bag for any length of time. The plastic can cause your gown or its trim to discolor or yellow.
- Do not hang your gown from the sleeves, this may cause pulling or stretching. Use the lingerie straps sewn into your gown.
- Make sure the lingerie straps are sewn in securely. Be sure to find a way to keep them tucked in during your wedding.
- Do not leave your gown in light for extended periods of time. It may yellow the gown or trim.
- The best way to store your gown prior to your wedding is in a cotton sheet or muslin bag.
- Take your pressed gown out of the travel bag as soon as possible.
- Hang your gown in a high place (on a ceiling hook if possible) with the train hanging straight down.
- Do not hang your gown from a light fixture or ceiling sprinkler.
- Keep pets and children away from your gown.
- Put together a Wedding Day Survival Kit.
during THE WEDDING...
- Place several safety pins on the underneath side of your gown where they won’t be seen, but easily accessible for emergencies like bustles or straps breaking or a tear in your gown.
If you get mud, dirt, blood or spills on a synthetic fiber try water and a small amount of liquid soap then rinse and blot. You can use a hair dryer to finish drying it. Keep the hair dryer at least 6 inches away from the gown.
If you get grease, lipstick or non-soluble make-up on your gown and it is a synthetic fiber use a handy wipe or shout wipe to remove stain. Test first in an inconspicuous area!
If you have a natural fiber gown (like silk) it is safer to try to camouflage a stain (baking soda, corn starch, baby powder or white chalk). Never rub on a silk gown only blot and do not use a liquid on your silk gowns.
after the wedding...
- Have your gown cleaned and preserved within four weeks of your wedding if you have general soiling.
- If you have other type of stains have your gown cared for immediately.
- Take down your bustle to avoid damaging your gown.
- Keep all your accessories together with your gown for cleaning and preservation.
- Keep your gown in a cotton sheet (not a plastic bag) until you bring it in for cleaning and preservation.
- Do not allow your gown to be vacuum-sealed in a chest. It will set in wrinkles and may lock in moisture.
- Never allow your gown to be sent away.
- Do not store your gown in the attic or basement of a house.