Steaming a wedding dress

posted 10 years ago in Beehive
Post # 3
52 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

My alterations lady charges $50 to get my dress steamed. She told me that my dress gets put in this long box with tissues so that my dress doesnt get wrinkled.

I have one of those clothes steamers at home but I’m getting ready in a hotel so I’m not sure if I want to deal w/ lugging the steamer to the hotel and steaming my dress the day of the wedding. Seems like it may be too much work? I’m still undecided on that front. Good luck!

Post # 4
98 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

What is your dress made of? 

I was always told you couldn’t iron silk, but when my wedding dress showed up in Italy looking like a rumpled Kleenex thanks to Fedex (LONG story) and "steaming" wasn’t working, we went ahead and ironed it (using a towel over the silk) and it worked just fine.

A hand-held steamer won’t do much if the fabric is heavy and or the creases are heavy, but should work fine on lighter materials if the wrinkles aren’t too deep.

You might want to do a "test run" well before the wedding, just to be sure.  That way, you can always take it to a dry cleaner– or maybe even a sympathetic dress store with an industrial steamer– if the at-home version isn’t cutting it.

Post # 5
158 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

Steaming a wedding gown with an at home steamer will take a long time. I’m sure you would get it done and that it would look nice, but depending on the complexity of the dress, I would schedule up to 2 hours to get it looking nice. I used to be a theatre major, and I have steamed a lot of clothes back stage at different plays I have worked on. It is very time consuming to do it well.

Post # 5
1 posts

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Post # 6
1708 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

We steamed my wedding dress the night before the wedding. It was tulle then a satin with an organza overlay. So 3 layers and came out beautifully after being in storage for ages. 

I also hand washed it in my bathtub before the wedding instead of dry cleaning and it came out perfectly. 

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