When you get your wedding dress from the store, it is either packed and delivered to you or picked up by you. There is always a possibility of wrinkles on the wedding dress, which is often left for the bridal or dry-cleaning store to take care of. However, if you don’t have money allocated for this bridal and dry-cleaning service, there is no need to be frightened or stressed about it because you can do it yourself. It does not sound like a plausible idea, but it is pretty straightforward. With these tips, you will learn how to iron a wedding dress at home like a professional.
IN THIS ARTICLE
- 1 Tips on How To Iron a Wedding Dress At Home
- 2 How to Iron Your Wedding Dress
- 3 Difference Between Ironing with Steam and Steaming
Tips on How To Iron a Wedding Dress At Home
Here are some useful tips to help you understand wedding dress ironing tips and tricks and not ruin your most important dress.
Check your fabric
Check the fabric of your gown and ask your designer or store owner if you have any questions concerning your dress. Some fabrics like shantung, dupioni and taffeta get more wrinkles if it is not done correctly. These materials are not very conspicuous in today’s styles, but they can give a strong impression when done well. It is advisable to use a dry iron, usually medium to low heat, and a white press cloth, ideally a thin weave for these types of fabrics.
Avoid water leakage
Avoiding water droplets from your flatiron is essential to keep the wedding dress clean and free from stains. Therefore, start with a t-shirt to make sure there is no leakage of water.
When your dress is made of silk or satin, it is better not to iron with steam. Iron without steam if you are uncertain about what kind of fabric it is, but it is best to ask the store owner or designer what material. Stains and large circles in your dress are the exact effects of water dripping on your gowns.
Never iron veils but steam it
The fabric primarily used for veils is tulle (also used for the skirt area of the gown), which is like a light netting that can not withstand heat and will damage the veil. Veils are often the most easily wrinkled part of the look and can damage if your dress is all crisp, smooth if not addressed. It gets a beautiful airbrushing effect when steamed.
Watch out for the heat
Adjustment of setting for heat is essential to the type of fabric. Set the iron to the lowest heat; if it does not react at all, you can raise it to a point where it reacts to it. Put a white towel between the flatiron and the fabric; this method will not cause any stains, burns, or colored towels. It is also advisable to avoid ironing the edges of the towel resulting in ugly wrinkles.
Hang out the dress
If you prefer to avoiding ironing, make sure you hang out the dress well before the wedding. This way prevents most wrinkles, and it straightens them out themselves before the wedding. The way you hang the dress on the hanger is essential; some dresses will be better if they hold a skirt hem taut gently, use a balled-up towel to help maintain the bust area’s shape, or hang the sleeves in a certain way. Your tailor can give you some suggestions as they have lots of experience with various forms and fabrics.
How to Iron Your Wedding Dress
Now that you know the tips for ironing your wedding dress at home, it’s time to get right to it.
To be on the safe side, especially if your dress is white, which it is, turn the dress out so you iron from the Inside. Then start with the bodice. The inside pout method of ironing is most effective when your dress has many decorations and embellishments. Don’t forget to place a soft towel over the ironing board to avoid wrinkles on the other side. Next, iron the sleeves. After ironing, you can stuff the sleeves with tissues to prevent them from wrinkling again. If there are any bows on your dress, press and stuff with tissues as with the sleeves. Once that is done, it’s time for the train.
Hang your dress with the hemline at least 5 inches off the ground, start at the side seam, iron down to the waistline, and then towards the hem. Then use a skirt hanger to hold the bottom of the train. Once this is done, place the dress in a bridal bag and hang or hang across the room with a hanger to avoid further wrinkles. Leaving it all stretched out.
Difference Between Ironing with Steam and Steaming
It is easy to mistake steaming for ironing with steam, especially when both are listed as tips for removing wrinkles from a wedding dress, as in this article. However, both are very different from one another and not knowing the difference can be the one mistake you don’t want to make with your wedding dress
What is Steaming
Steaming is an indirect means of removing wrinkles from a dress. Certain clothing fabrics are not iron safe, and bringing them in contact with direct heat will ruin the material and cause permanent damage to the entire dress. On the other hand, steaming is considered a non contact form of ironing as the dress does not come in direct heat; So, it is very effective for light, delicate, expensive materials. Due to this, it is considered less effective as an ironing method. This is, however, not true. One of the most common ways of steaming a dress is the “hot bathroom” method.
How does it work? You turn on the hot shower in a bathroom for a while and hang the wedding dress in a place where it can come in contact with enough steam. The moisture from the steam softens the fabric gradually and eases out the wrinkles. One issue faced with steaming the dress is that it leaves creases and circle stains on the wedding dress. The truth is, when done right, there will be no stains on your clothing. If you are not too confident, you can always get professional services to handle the steaming for you.
You most likely have heard the term “iron steaming”. This is ironing your clothes but with an iron that produces steam as it goes. It is just the usual ironing with an iron, but this time with moisture from the iron. Iron steaming is a quick, effective way to remove wrinkles for your wedding dress but is not the most advisable. This is because steam ironing does not work well with every fabric.
Getting your dress burnt right before your wedding is certainly not something you want to experience. Does this mean you can’t iron steam your wedding dress? No! You actually can. However, if you are not much experienced with using a steam iron, it is advisable to get it done by a professional.
That’s not all! Here’s one last thing to know about wedding dresses and wrinkles and how you can iron out that problem.
You might have gotten past the “before wedding” ironing and maintenance, but your dress still gets wrinkled on your special day. A most common occurrence is after putting on your wedding shoes. Wearing wedding shoes would mean bending a few times which could leave wrinkles on the train of the dress. While it can be easily ignored, certain bridal dress materials will scream with wrinkles the moment they are folded or stressed. A smart way to do this is to put on your accessories first, which includes your shoes.
Remember, this day is a day of celebration. Therefore, it is so much more than your gown. No one will notice a few wrinkles when they see the way you look at your fiancé as you walk down that aisle. If your ceremony requires sitting or kneeling, you might add a few creases, but that’s all part of the beauty of the day. Let the photographer and maid of honor worry about adjusting the gown for you: it’s your day to enjoy every little moment.