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How to care for your wedding attire

We've gathered everything you need to know to ensure your wedding gown, suit, or bridesmaid dress stays in top shape, before, during, and after the big day.

Can I steam my wedding gown?

This is one of the most frequently asked questions we get. And the answer is yes! Steaming is the gentlest and safest way to remove stubborn wrinkles from delicate materials. And wedding dress steaming does not have to be done by a professional, the cheapest and easiest thing is to bring your own handheld steamer.

Before the wedding:
Store in a safe place

Before the wedding, the primary task is to make sure your dress or suit is kept in perfect condition for the special day. Also, good preparations beforehand will minimize the risk of extra maintenance on your wedding day.

  • Store your dress or suit in a garment bag meant for storage. Never opt for one made of plastic, as it may trap moisture that can cause the garment to catch mold and odors or get stained. The only time to use a plastic bag is during transport, to protect the outfit from bad weather.
  • Heavy dresses should be stored lying down. Lighter dresses, tuxedos, and suits should be kept hanging in their garment bags. Protect them from direct sunlight, since it can make white fabrics turn yellow.
  • Store your wedding outfit in a dry and dark place where it's not cramped with other garments.

On the wedding day:
Bring a first aid kit

When the big day arrives, it's best to be prepared for spills, tears, and wrinkles, so make sure to pack a first aid kit. We suggest our Sewing Kit, baby powder, and a Clothing Brush or Lint Brush. Don’t forget about the steamer to ensure that perfect end result.

  • Steam your wedding gown, suit, or tuxedo with a steamer to make them wrinkle-free and smooth as a last step before the ceremony. A handheld steamer with a small water tank is perfect for last-minute touch-ups of those delicate layers of tulle before walking down the aisle.
  • Brush off any dust, hair, and lint with a reusable Lint Brush.
  • Treat stains, but do not begin any advanced stain removal. Gently blot wine stains with a dry tissue. Stay away from harsh chemicals since this might damage the fabric. Leave tough stains to the experts at the dry cleaners after the wedding.
  • Use chalk or baking soda to temporarily mask fatty acid stains. This is only meant for white garments, of course.
  • Quickly mend tears with matching thread, if necessary.

Sewing tools with a white linen background

After the wedding:
Cleaning and storage

After the wedding, the main aim is to clean and preserve your wedding dress or suit. The trickiest stains are the ones you cannot spot immediately. Spills from white wine and champagne may not be noticeable right away, but they can turn into permanent brown stains after a while. Bring the garments to the dry cleaner as quickly as possible after the wedding.

  • Bring the garments to the dry cleaner, even if you do not notice any stains right away.
  • Hang the dress on a padded hanger. A padded hanger is much gentler than a wire or wood hanger. If the dress is heavy, store it laying down.
  • Store your dress or suit in a dry, cool, and dark place, in a fabric garment bag meant for storage.
  • If you are not planning to keep your wedding outfit, consider selling it instead of just storing it.
  • Avoid letting the garments lay around at home for weeks after the wedding. By then many of the most common stains have become untreatable.

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