How to Deal with a Dress in Distress on Your Wedding Day

It’s only natural (and a good idea) to think about what could go wrong on your wedding day so you can plan ahead to have solutions on standby!

You’ve been dying to wear your dream wedding dress and ending up with a stain on it is the last thing you want. There is a lot that happens in the bridal suite. From drinking mimosas to eating snacks and applying makeup…not to mention getting to your ceremony site and through your photos after. The world is a dirty place and we often see stains on long wedding dresses by the time we get to the dinner. It’s inevitable, these things happen, and there are ways to still have a picture-perfect dress even if disaster strikes.

Having an emergency kit on hand will ensure you can quickly and easily deal with any stains before you head down the aisle. First off, don’t panic if something does get on your dress. And whatever you do, don’t rub the stain. When you have the right supplies, it is possible to remove or cover up any unexpected stains.

Here is what your emergency dress kit should include:

Soap and Cold Water

I once had a bride come back from photos in tears because there was a big mud stain on the front of her dress from tromping through a muddy park for photos. I had her stand in front of the sink while I used whatever soap was on hand and cold water to get the mud out. A few minutes with a blow dryer and she was ready to be seen again!

White Cotton Towels & Stain Removal Wipes

If a stain occurs, never rub it. Dab it gently with a soft, white cotton towel. If the stain is still visible, use stain removal wipes to remove any excess.There is a lot that happens in the bridal suite. From drinking mimosas to eating snacks and applying makeup.

White Chalk

This is useful for covering up any stains once they’ve been treated. Gently rub the chalk over any marks that remain.

Baby Powder

This is also great for absorbing and covering up any stains, provided it’s applied immediately.

Rubbing Alcohol

Ink and grease stains can be treated with rubbing alcohol, just make sure it’s denatured rubbing alcohol. Use a white cotton towel to apply and gently rub it in circular motions.

What you can also do is speak to the store or designer that you bought your dress from and get their professional recommendations. They know what materials have been used and what you should and shouldn’t use on it.

Keeping these basics on hand will give you some added peace of mind on the day of your wedding. Make sure someone knows where they are and the kit moves with you throughout the day.

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