You've been planning for the big day since your soon-to-be husband popped the question. You've booked your venue, you've picked out your bridal dress, you've selected a menu and you've gone over budgets and timelines. It's important to remember that a lot of time and care went into planning the wedding, so you want to follow a simple prescription to take care of the bridal dress, especially before the ceremony and reception. These tips apply to your bridesmaids and anyone else who is going to be coming in contact with you while you are wearing the dress before it's time to walk down the aisle.
Protect the bridal dress on the big day by:
- Eliminate any stain causing foods or drinks from areas where the bride and bridesmaids are getting ready and dressed for the wedding. A few drips of coffee can discolor a gown.
- Discuss with your florist whether or not your flowers can stain your bridal dress. There are many things your florist may be able to do, including the arrangement and setting of your bouquet; if the flowers have an area that is likely to stain the bridal dress.
- Be sure that there is an ironing board and spray bottle with some water close by to help with any small wrinkles.
- Transport the wedding dresses in garment bags, especially if you are carrying it on the day of the wedding to another location.
- Use stain-free deodorant and antiperspirant before getting dressed.
- Donning the dress is the last part of your preparations; your make up and hair should be completely done before you put the bridal dress on.
- Be sure to walk with the skirt lifted as necessary to keep the bottom of the dress from scraping the ground prior to the ceremony
- Beware all stain dangers when climbing into and out of a car and be sure the seats are clean and dry with no oil or other cleaners that you might have to sit in
- Avoid areas where birds may have defecated during an outdoor wedding
- Don't lean on anything or sit on anything, if you can avoid it, until after the ceremony.