There is so much hype in preparation leading up to the event that the after-care of your dream gown is often over looked until after the big day. When I am asked for advice about bridal gowns I encourage brides to think about how they will preserve their bridal gown before the wedding day. As there are some important things to keep in mind that will help preserve your dress to last longer than a lifetime, and save you time and money in the process.
When budgeting for your dress, make sure you include restoration in your costing. Depending on the degree of restoration required it can be a costly extra on top of your wedding expenses. A high level of care is taken in the restoration of your dress – replacement of beads or repairs to the bodice and hemline. When choosing where you will have your dress repaired enquire about the team working on your gown, a great repairers team will consist of expert seamstresses with couture experience and have access to the finest trimmings to ensure the highest quality of work is commenced on your dress.
Leading up to the big day, when securing your gown, be sure to ask your bridal specialist or couturier to include a care package of replacement beads, buttons and a swatch of fabric to assist if any repairs need to be carried out (both on the day of your wedding and for the after care). All crystals, sequins, beads or jewellery embellishments are carefully replaced by hand.
The most common questions I am asked is, “What do I do if I stain my dress?” During the celebration, it is very common to mark and stain the special dress. The best thing you can do is leave it, do not apply anything to the stain and let it air dry. If you drop something messy like sauce on the gown, then we advise patting it with a clean dry cloth, do not wipe it as that will only cause the stain to soak in more. Also be sure not to use water or soap, if the stain stays moist, bacteria will continue to grow and eat into the fabric making it harder to remove.
The next best step is to take the garment to be professionally cleaned within a month of the stain occurring, the more time that passes, the more difficult it is to remove the stain making it harder to restore the dress to its original state. I also strongly suggest that you do not take your gown to be dry-cleaned as it is often thought of torturing the dress and causes it to yellow and age over time.
My last piece of advice is for you enjoy your magical day, it is a day of beauty and love, so embrace every minute.