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Outdoor Summer Wedding During A Pandemic? Here’s How to Protect Your Dress

Outdoor Summer Wedding During A Pandemic? Here’s How to Protect Your Dress

married couple in an outdoor wedding photoshoot
8 Aug

Outdoor Summer Wedding During A Pandemic? Here’s How to Protect Your Dress

Are you saying “I do” outdoors this summer? Your dress is bound to get dirty at your outdoor wedding. While there is no surefire way to keep your wedding gown clean, there are seven preventative measures that you can take to protect your dress.

Buy an Underskirt

It’s an inexpensive buy and will save you from all the potential stains (read: grass, mud, wet asphalt). Wearing an underskirt, will slightly lift your dress off the ground and prevent stains. It works best if you plan to go for a pre-wedding photoshoot on different locations and want to keep your dress in a pristine condition until the wedding. During the wedding reception, it will save you from the embarrassment of a stained dress trail.

Use a Sheet

In case you forgot to buy and underskirt, you can wrap a sheet around the bottom of your gown to serve the same purpose. However, this trick only works if you have to stand in one place, like during a photoshoot.

Bustle your Dress

While your dress is at the tailor’s, make sure that you ask the seamstress to install a secure bustle to your dress. It will lift your dress far off the ground and prevent it from getting stained. It will also enable you to move while you walk or dance freely. However, bustle loops are often susceptible to breaking, and it’s a good to attach some safety pins on the underside of your gown for emergency.

Use an Aisle Runner

Aisle runners are not limited to indoor events. You can cover the outdoor path with fabric and elevate your event’s look while protecting the trail of your dress from staining. Before getting the runner, check the ground leveling. It should be even to avoid tripping. Your runner shouldn’t be too textured for your heels to dig into them. It would also prevent you from falling on your wedding day.

Ask the Bridesmaids for Help

They can lift the trail of your dress as you walk outdoors, helping your gown to stay spotless throughout the event.

Be Careful

Be mindful of your surroundings. At an outdoor event, you never know when you would walk into a puddle or dirt.

Spray the Hem

Spraying the hem of your dress with a stain-resistant spray can prevent your gown from getting dirty. Spray the hem carefully so that you avoid creating a visible line between the part that is sprayed and the part that isn’t. Be cautious. It’ll help to leave this task to a professional.

Once prepared to tackle the outdoor wedding beforehand, you’ll enjoy your big day with your loved ones. If you’re in Washington DC and looking for a professional dry cleaning service for your wedding gown, contact Sterling Cleaners. Our services include wedding gown alterations, laundry cleaning and folding, and shoe shining.

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