Tips, Tricks, and Tools to Avoid Wedding Dress Disasters
Written by: Emily Marcus
You spent hours in fitting rooms with extended family and friends, scoured magazines and websites, laughed, cried, and eventually triumphed—you said yes to the dress. Ball-gown, A-line, trumpet, or, sheath, the wedding dress is far more than an article of clothing. Yet with these delicate, expensive, gorgeous, white works of art comes a lot of pressure: How can I keep it looking perfect during my entire big day? Whatever wedding dress woes are keeping you up at night, we have the solution.
Strapless Dress Slipping Down
Don’t just go to a tailor, prepare for the tailor. Tiffany Hogan, wedding expert and private event sales manager at VIP Country Club in New Rochelle, NY, advises, “You should purchase all of the undergarments that you will be wearing on your wedding day prior to the final fitting. Move around in the dress while at the fitting—sit down a few times, lean in for a hug, lift your arms, dance! Making these movements prior will target any flaws before the big day.” Lindsey Bennett, lead wedding dress designer for Azazie, suggests features like corset backs and silicon elastic to keep strapless dresses in place and fitting perfectly up until go time and beyond.
photo: Dani Fine Photography
If you are having an outdoor wedding, you likely have a rain plan. But if rain is the only forecast you are prepared for, you may want to think again. Heat and wind are two wedding dress threats you may need to combat. To avoid wrinkles, Bennett says, “With the improved technology, polyester dresses will keep longer and make steaming easier. Also, every single bride should have a hand-held steamer in her purse.” As for avoiding sweat, or at least hiding it, she suggests wearing lightweight synthetics like poly-chiffon over heavy woven fabrics, satin, and silk.
We all know white fabric is difficult to keep stain-free. Stains happen, but they don’t need to ruin your dress or your day. According to Hogan, “It is best to remember not to frantically rub at the stain, as wedding dresses have many layers that are often delicate. Stay calm and try separating the layers so that you only have the stained portion, and then use a cloth or Q-tip to dab with a mixture of soap and water. For oil-based stains, dish soap works even better at cutting the grease. If you have a stain stick, this would also work if the stain is not very large.”
Getting Stuck in the Restroom
Wedding dresses can be long, heavy, and hard to take off and on. If you’re worried about spending most of your wedding day in the restroom, check out products like Bridal Buddy that help gather and lift your dress without extra assistance. Though, as Hogan notes, “Most wedding venues have a bridal suite. This particular endeavor is easiest with increased numbers, so ask for at least one member of the bridal party to assist; two is even better. A bridal suite will provide privacy and a cleaner atmosphere in case the dress accidentally hits the floor. If a public restroom is the only option, make sure that the dress is either completely off, or at the very least, that all fabric is lifted out of the way, including the veil.”
The most important wedding dress disaster to avoid is letting your dress control your day. Lastly, it will be easiest to relax if you feel prepared. Make sure to pack an emergency tool kit. For the dress, Bennett and Hogan recommend Tide-to-go, fashion tape, safety pins, sewing kit, Band-Aids, Q-tips, oil absorbing sheets, a lint roller, scissors, a backup wrap, and a change of clothes. Being prepared will let you focus on what your wedding day is really about—the people who are celebrating with you—so relax and enjoy.