My advice to brides on their wedding day!
I can't believe it's been 8 months since I posted a blog.
On new years day, as we were in the pandemic lockdown, I thought this year was a wash off for me and my business.
But it turned out I was wrong and we're having a busy wedding season right now.
And since I'm so busy, I realised that I often forget to mention few key things to my customers on their last fitting day. So I thought it's a good idea to make a blog post about it so that I can share it with them even after our last meeting.
How to walk in your gown with a train
First of all, if you're not familiar with the garment terminology, train here means the back of the skirt which is longer than the front. I believe it comes from the french word "traîne". In French, the word for rail transport is "train" but unfortunately in English, not only we don't use accents to distinguish the two, but the word also means various things such as "to train " as in to exercise or to teach, so it's a particularly confusing word.
So, your dress went through the final adjustments and the hem is now the perfect length!
I notice often that at the fitting, brides tend to step backwards to get a better view of themselves in the mirror. Stop! You're stepping onto the train and the worst things that can happen is, you trip and fall or you rip the train!
You only walk forward in a gown with a train and if you want to go backward, you make a U-turn. You look elegant when you walk this way and with this, you can also wrap your feet in your train and that's a beautiful look to be photographed!
Get a travel steamer, if you don't have one yet!
If you don't have a dress steaming facility at your venue, I recommend taking one of those with you.
Not only you can steam your dress to make it look its best after travelling even for a short distance, but you can also use it to steam the groom's outfit and even for your guests!
I have a similar one to the one in the photo, which I got it from Amazon a few years ago.
It just works like a travelling kettle, there's nothing high tech about it, so you don't need to spend a fortune on a branded one.
A lot of them on the market have the water tank in the handle of the steamer, which makes the design more pleasing to the eye but it means it holds only a little amount of water. So, I suggest one just like this one in the photo, which holds enough water for at least a wedding dress and one other item.
The other reason to recommend this design is that you can just put it down on a flat surface. I'm not sure what to do with the one with the water tank in the handle.
You let the water boil fully, which takes about 2-3 minutes. If you go too early, it'll just splash water on the garment and leaves wet marks all over. Do not never touch the steam on your skin, so, never steam a garment while wearing it. It's very hot!
You gently glide the steamer against the garment up and down on the creased fabric. Do not tilt the steamer.
I think I've covered enough for now, so if I came up with other tips, I'll make another blog post about it.
Thank you for reading on and enjoy your big day!