Getting Your Gown Wedding Ready

The final step in preparing your gown for your wedding is pressing. Pressing  should be done one or two days before the big event. And while many harried  brides opt to have their gowns pressed professionally, it is possible to do  yourself.

If you opt to go it solo, here’s what you’ll need:

KNOT NOTE

When pressing your gown, always use a medium setting without steam,  and make sure there’s no water in your iron that could spill out and leave  marks. If there are some stubborn wrinkles that won’t iron out, fill your  spritzer bottle with water and spray a fine mist on your gown.

  • An iron
  • An ironing board
  • A plush towel
  • A spritzer bottle
  • Some tissue paper
  • A sheet
  • Two hangers
  • Two ribbon loopers
  • Some pins

Seven Steps for the Best Press

  • Begin with the bodice. If your gown is plain, you can press it on the  outside. But if there’s an abundance of lace and decoration, you’ll want to  press the bodice on the inside, placing a plush towel over your ironing board  first.
  • When the bodice is completed, move on to the sleeves. Using either a  pressing mitt or hot pad, slip your hand inside the sleeve, then press the  sleeve against the mitt. When you’ve finished, stuff tissue paper inside the  sleeve to keep it wrinkle-free.
  • Next, press any bows using your pressing mitt, and stuff with tissue when  finished.
  • To press your train, find a place where you can hang it about 5 inches off  the ground. Begin at the side seam and work your way around to the front, then  to the back of your gown. Make sure to press all the way up to the waistline and  down to the hem.
  • After all the pressing is complete, attach two ribbon loopers with pins to  the bottom of your train and hang on a hanger (if you can’t find ribbon loopers,  use a skirt hanger).
  • To keep your gown wrinkle-free until the wedding, hang it from a doorway.  Spread a sheet out along the floor, then hang your gown from either a hook or  the top of the door. Now, gently lay your train on top of the sheet. If  possible, attach the bottom of the train to a hanger and hang it up across the  room from the front of your gown.
  • To transport your gown, bring the two hangers together, then place the gown  in a bridal bag. When you unzip the bag, your dress will be wrinkle-free — and  aisle-ready!

Read more:  DIY Wedding Dress Prep: Ironing Your Wedding DressTheKnot.com – http://wedding.theknot.com/wedding-planning/diy-do-it-yourself-weddings/articles/preparing-your-wedding-dress.aspx#ixzz2EyGhwVEj

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Survive the holidays while planning a wedding.

  • Christmas is a great time to begin to assemble the addresses for your wedding invitations.  You may already be assembling addresses for your Christmas cards.  You may also see distant relatives over the holidays and can get missing addresses for your list.  If you are sure that your Christmas card list is the same as your invitation list, you can include your save the dates with the cards.
  • Take advantage of the after Christmas sales!  You can get some real bargains on things for the wedding such as candles, strings of lights, wrapped chocolates and even clothes for your honeymoon.
  • Having a holiday party?  What a great time to take advantage of testing out a caterer, florist or a baker. You can get a feel for their work and if you like their product enough to book them for the wedding.
  • Schedule your hair and makeup trial right before you attend a holiday gathering.  You will be able to test out your wedding look, plus you will look great for your holiday party.
  • If your family asks what you want for Christmas, do not be afraid to ask for a few things for the wedding.  You could ask for shoes, jewelry, or even a gift certificate to the salon where you will get your wedding day hair and makeup done.
  • Most of all relax and enjoy the holidays.  Don’t worry if wedding planning is put to the side for a little bit.  You can get right back to it after the holidays.

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