It’s All in the Details: Pratt Abbott Weddings

Posted: March 20, 2017

How to care for your wedding dress before, during, and after the big day!

You think you’ve thought of everything for your wedding day. But wait, there’s more! Once you choose the perfect wedding dress, bridesmaids’ dresses, and suits or tuxes, you have to take proper care of them if you want them to look their best. Even brand-new off the rack or couture dresses and suits that have never been worn won’t look perfect on your wedding day without professional care.  
 
Even the simplest wedding dress is a complex garment. Wedding dresses are usually made from layers of delicate material, and often a combination of materials, such as satin, tulle, and lace. Delicate fabrics like these do not store well and are easily crushed and wrinkled. Before your wedding, it’s important to have your dress steamed and/or pressed (depending on the fabric and condition). This treatment will help your dress fall properly, and will remove all wrinkles and creases. As a result, your wedding dress will look flawless and photograph beautifully. 
 
Your Entire Wedding Party Can Be Picture-Perfect
 
But don’t stop there! Your whole wedding party has to look amazing, especially for the all-important photo shoot. Many brides are frustrated by that one bridesmaid who shows up for the wedding with her dress stuffed into a bag. She can throw off your entire look with her rumpled and messy gown. Arrange pre-wedding steaming and pressing for your bridesmaids and groomsmen to eliminate this problem. You can also schedule on-site wedding day garment care. We’ll dispatch a team of garment professionals to your wedding venue to be on hand for last-minute steaming, pressing, minor alterations, and emergency spot removal for your entire wedding party. (If you’re wondering what Beyoncé would do, it’s this.) 
 
Thanks to your diligent preparation, you'll walk down the aisle in the wedding dress of your dreams, looking like a page out of a bridal magazine. Each member of your wedding party will also look fantastic, even if they’ve travelled to the wedding site (travel is the enemy of formal wear). So your work is done, right? You thought of everything! 
 
Say Yes To Cleaning Your Dress
 
Not quite. Because what will become of your wedding dress at the end of the night? You’ll remove it to put on sexy négligé and it will sit crumpled on the floor of your hotel suite. In the morning, you’ll throw it into an extra suitcase and send it home with your mom while you go on your honeymoon. Sounds OK, right? After all, the wedding is over…
 
No! That is not OK! This is your wedding dress we’re talking about! This is the most significant (and expensive) garment you will ever wear. This is a dress already rich with history and memories and promise for the future. This is an heirloom, a keepsake, an artifact, and a legacy. (Or, if you plan to sell it, a cash cow.) Treat it like the treasure it is. 
 
Preserve Your Memories for Generations
 
Even if you think your dress looks fine after the wedding—no visible stains or spots, little wrinkling, and a miraculously dirt-free hem—there are invisible forces at work. Oil from people’s fingers, salt from their tears, and imperceptible champagne splashes will all do a number on that delicate fabric. Over time, these hidden stains will degrade the fibers of your dress and cause unsightly yellowing. All wedding dresses should be professionally cleaned immediately after the wedding. Arrange for pick-up from your hotel or wedding venue! Then, if you’re planning to keep your dress for future generations (or wear yourself on your golden anniversary), it must be properly preserved. Wedding dress preservation will keep your dress as beautiful and wearable as it is today. Don’t forget to preserve the groom’s tux, flower-girl dresses, and other cherished garments. 
 
And now you’ve thought of everything. Congrats! 
 
Learn more by contacting Angela Emery, Pratt Abbott Garment Care Coordinator at aemery@prattabbott.com / 207.210.5127. 
 
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