Before the Wedding
There are a few things you should do before the wedding day to help with the effort to keep your wedding dress stain-free. First of all, once you get it home from our South Florida bridal gown store, keep it in its bag, in the closet, and away from everyone and everything. It may be tempting to take it out and show it off, but keeping it put away assures that nothing can happen to it until you are ready to get dressed on your wedding day.
When you are choosing a menu for the reception, steer away from messy foods and dark-colored drinks. White wine will do a lot less damage to your gown than a red. Before the ceremony begins, get dressed at the last possible moment. Try not to eat after your gown is on, and if you need a drink, stick to water and use a straw.
Last but not least, prepare a wedding day emergency kit filled with every possible thing you may need that day, plus a lot of items you hope to not use but will be thrilled are there if you need them. It's always better to be safe than sorry, and most of the things in this kit can be found around your house already.
Here are a few common stains that could possibly occur on your wedding day, along with items that can help to get rid of them, or at least make them less conspicuous. Make sure all of the items listed below make it into your emergency kit.
Lipstick Stains - Dabbing a bit of petroleum jelly on the stain may dissolve it, and you can also try dabbing with a stain removal wipe. The key is to ALWAYS dab, NEVER rub! Cover up any remaining residue with chalk or baby powder.
Makeup Stains - Rubbing chalk on foundation stains can sometimes absorb the makeup. Let is sit for a few moments afterwards, then whisk away the chalk dust. Baby powder or baking powder could work too, but chalk is more absorbent.
Red Wine Stains - Absorb as much of the wine as you can with a white towel. Then, gently dab the stain from underneath the gown with another white towel soaked in cold water. Start at the stain edges and work your way inward. For very tough stains, you can use a small drop of dishwashing soap.
Tea, Coffee, & Dirt Stains - A dot of clear liquid soap on a white cloth can help to remove these types of stains. Once again, gently dab from underneath the fabric. Use as little water as possible. Club soda sometimes works well too.
Water Stains - Rain or drinking water can easily find its way onto your wedding dress, and this liquid can be damaging to some delicate materials. Air-dry the spot if possible, but a hair dryer set on low can be used if you are in a hurry. Keep the dryer at least 6 inches away from the dress, and keep it moving so that the heat is not concentrated on one are for too long.
It is very unlikely that you will need any of this information from our Pompano Beach bridal boutique, but just in case you do, it's always better to be prepared. Having this knowledge could even come in handy some day at a wedding you are attending, and that bride will be very happy you read this blog!
If a stain does sneak its way in on your wedding day, take it from us at Angelus Bridal, it's not the end of the world. Simply grin and bear it, and remember that the important part about the day is that you are getting married to your true love. That great big happy smile on your face will keep everyone from even noticing a little stain!
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