All brides want to look flawless on their wedding day. So, keeping your wedding dress in pristine condition throughout the day is top priority. No matter how careful you think you’ll be, it’s better to be safe than sorry in case of a dreaded wedding gown mishap. Stains like wine, lipstick, food, dirt, blood and grass are among the most common culprits. And let’s not forget how easily a wedding gown can tear! Yikes! Keep in mind that the sooner you notice a stain or tear, the easier it is to treat it!
There are tons of tips out there in case of wedding dress mishaps. We have narrowed it down and picked six must-haves items to keep on hand for quick fixes on your big day.
Chalk may seem like an odd choice, but it’s perfect for those super tiny spots. The great thing about chalk is that it comes in different shades of white, off white and even pinks, so you can look at different colors to match your wedding gown. Chalk is truly a quick fix for any fabric. However, don’t apply chalk to bigger stains.
2. Baby Powder
Baby powder works just like chalk, except it can be used more liberally on slightly bigger areas without having to rub the fabric. Baby powder and chalk are excellent for food and grease spots.
3. Rubbing Alcohol
Rubbing alcohol is great for small stains or smudges. Simply apply it sparingly with a q-tip until the spot or smudge is gone. It will dry quickly, or you can use a hairdryer to help it along. Once it is dry, cover the area with your handy dandy chalk or baby powder and you are good to go! Do not use alcohol on larger stains, such as a wine or food spill.
4. Baby Wipes
Baby wipes can be a lifesaver when it comes to wedding gown mishaps on the big day. They can be used for more significant stains such as beverages, food, and even dirt. The key to using them to NEVER EVER rub the affected area/fabric. If you rub, you will make the stain worse. Blotting is key. Lightly blot the area until the stained area is gone. Don’t try to dry the area with another towel. Use a hairdryer for best results. Avoid baby wipes on silk.
5. Sewing Kit
A sewing kit is a must. You never know when your dress may get snagged on someone or something. If you know how to sew, a small tear can be easily resolved. Don’t attempt to fix your dress if you don’t know how to handle a thread and needle. Make sure someone in your bridal party can handle it for you in case of this emergency.
6. Fabric Tape
Fabric tape is used strictly for the skirt of the wedding gown. The bride or someone else may step on the bottom of the dress tearing the hemline. Fabric tape is easy to use and comes with directions. It is truly a must-have to have nearby on your wedding day.
IMPORTANT: Please remember, the goal is to safely remove the stain without damaging the garment. If you are in doubt or the tear or stain is significant, save the removal or repair for a professional.