a pressing issue for your wedding day

There are so many little details to remember the week before your wedding, right? Well, one you absolutely can't miss is having all of your wedding attire pressed and perfect. You only get one shot at looking great on your wedding day and the last thing you want is a wrinkly train on your dress, a crumpled veil, or a suit vent that's still stitched together.

Photo by Amir West of PhotoFanatic

Photo by Amir West of PhotoFanatic

Fortunately, it's really easy to avoid having such a major wardrobe malfunction immortalized in your wedding photos. Make plans in advance to have your wedding day outfits prepared for you down to the last detail. Ideally, this will be part of the service provided by the shop where you bought or rented your dress or suit.

If you've purchased your bridal gown from a local salon and had your fittings there, then the salon will often be able to have the dress and veil pressed and waiting for you the day before the wedding, so all you have to do is pick it up and keep it hanging properly to avoid creases or wrinkles. Some bridal salons include this in the purchase price of the dress; some charge extra. Even if there's an extra fee, it's well worth it for this once-in-a-lifetime day.

Photo by Jennifer Cody of Egomedia Photography

Photo by Jennifer Cody of Egomedia Photography

For the guys, if you're renting your suit, then be sure to check it over when you pick it up. The rental shop should have it all clean, pressed, and ready to go. Also be sure to inventory your accessories when you pick up your suit. You want to be sure you have your tie, cufflinks, studs, shoes... everything you selected when you placed the rental order. If you've purchased your suit, then be sure to have a tailor take care of any necessary repairs or alterations prior to the wedding.

If you're not getting your wedding attire from a traditional salon or rental shop, then you'll need to make other arrangements for having everything ready to go on your wedding day. If you have a dry cleaner you trust, then plan in advance to have your wedding clothes cleaned and pressed so that you can pick them up the day before the wedding. If you don't already have a relationship with a reputable cleaner, then do some research and find one that's known to have experience working with wedding gowns or high-end formal attire. If you don't know where to start looking, then ask your wedding planner or a reputable bridal salon in your area for recommendations.

Remember to be sure your wedding party is also looking their best! If they're coming into town early enough, then you can have their suits and dresses prepped along with your own wedding clothes. If that won't be possible, then consider buying or renting a clothing steamer to have wherever you're getting ready so you can take care of any last-minute wrinkles yourself. Just be careful not to damage the fabric if you go the DIY route.

Whatever option works best for you, be sure to have a plan in place several weeks prior to your wedding day. That way you won't forget about it and find yourself stressed out and scrambling to get it taken care of at the last minute.

Photo by Jennifer Cody of Egomedia Photography

Photo by Jennifer Cody of Egomedia Photography

More questions or concerns? Post them in the comments, or ask your wedding planner! We're always happy to help with little details like these.