There is a right and wrong way to travel with a wedding dress. Think of it as a game of strategy and a test of skill. Whether you’re travelling near or far, this is a common problem. It’s your big day, and you don’t want a wrinkled wedding dress to get in the way.
Professional steaming will produce the best results; usually, the bridal salons where you purchased your gown or had your alterations done will provide this service on days before your wedding. However, if you’re travelling far and cannot take advantage of this service, other options are available.
You can seek dry cleaners for help, but the dry cleaning chemicals and methods that might be used are often unsafe and ineffective. If professional cleaning isn’t an option, there are other things that you can do at home to restore your dress to its pre-travel shape.
But today, we’re here to talk about steaming your wedding dress. Here’s what you need to know:
Can You Steam Your Wedding Dress?
The short answer is yes! It is safe to steam your wedding dress if you’re concerned about the quality. Technically, you can steam any type of fabric, but it’s a little different when it comes to your wedding dress. Our advice is to always check with your dry cleaner first, as they can advise you on what products and services they have available.
How to Steam Your Wedding Dress
Your first option is to go to a professional bridal salon in your area. The employees will know exactly how to steam your dress. Or, you can always steam it at home.
If you decide to steam your gown yourself, however, consider the following:
Check the Labels
If you bought your wedding dress new, it might have care instructions. As we mentioned earlier, dry cleaners are usually the best option for wedding dress care. However, if you decide to steam it yourself, make sure you know the appropriate way to do so and that it’s safe for your wedding dress to steam.
Use Distilled Water. Tap water has minerals in it that could stain your dress, so use distilled water if you’re going to go the DIY route. You can easily buy this in the grocery store.
Use the Right Steamer
There are a lot of household items that you can use to steam your dress. But before you try anything that could damage your dress, we recommend investing in a commercial-grade steamer.
This crucial step makes steaming your wedding dress different from steaming any other type of dress. The best bet is to use a garment steamer specially designed for wedding dresses. Again, dry cleaners usually know the best ways to do this, but if you’re going this route, make sure you own a garment steamer designed for wedding dresses.
Always Start Cold
You should always start with a cold steamer and allow it to heat up. You don’t want to blast your gown with hot steam right off the bat because the steam could be very harsh on the fabric.
The Bottom Line
As you’re probably aware, wedding dresses are expensive, and you want yours to be flawless on your wedding day. The last thing you want is to leave the salon and find out your dress arrived at its destination creased. If you’re going to keep your wedding dress in tip-top shape, steam it as soon as you can.
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