- 8 years ago
- Wedding: March 2012
Our wedding has come and gone. The entire weekend was fantastic not to mention the wedding day couldn’t have gone any better. It was perfect for us.
At home I was unpacking all the wedding stuff when I came to my wedding dress….OMG….how did that happen? She was a mess! Honestly I don’t think I have seen a dress THAT dirty before. It was a shock to me as I never noticed this in any of our pictures (professional and not) but not surprising given the day we had.
After thinking about this for a minute I realized that on our wedding day I never once was concerened about my dress. I definetly was not the bride who worried about getting it dirty and as the pictures show I just let her do what she and I wanted.
Here she is on our wedding day:
Our gorgeous outside ceremony on a damp and I assume not clean paving stone terrace:
A short snowy walk to the chairlift:
One of the best parts of my day…quiet time with my new husband on the chairlift to the top of the ski hill:
Snowy pictures at the top of the ski hill:
Down to the townsite for more pictures…wet dress and all:
A session on the snowy patio at the reception:
Kids room fun:
Dragging again while dancing:
As the night went on the shoes got shorter and the dress got dirtier and stepped on a bunch of times:
And how could I forget the S’more station on the patio:
So after looking over my 1400 pictures from the day there are many many examples as to why my dress was as dirty as she was. The good side is that we got to enjoy every moment of our wedding and do whatever we wanted without having to worry about my dress. However, the bad side is what am I going to do with it now?
I certainly was not going to pay ridiculous amounts of money to have it cleaned with no guaruntee that it would be ok. So I started my research here on the hive and after a while came to the conclusion that I was going to machine wash my dress. Afterall it is just a dress made of polyester. There should be no reason as to why I couldn’t.
As expected everyone I told about this thought I was crazy but then came around. The one person I was worried about was my mom as she paid for my custom made dress…and she was on board..well kinda. 😉
Before we started I took some photos so you can see it for yourself:
The entire dress:
Close up of the hem complete with wine:
Underside of the train…I think that is someone’s coffee:
I am not even too sure how this happened? This is the inside of the bodice…I think my black underwear left dye….oh boy:
As you can see the wedding day activities took it’s toll on my beautiful dress. So I started to clean it by spraying down the dirtiest spots with stain remover. I put it in my clean and dry bath tub. Started on the outside of the dress then turned it inside out and continued spraying the bodice and underside of the bottom. I used alot of spray (almost 1 bottle) and to be honest I used too much. The machine was REALLY sudsy… I wouldn’t use so much next time.
Once I let it sit for the recommened 10 minutes off to the front loading washing machine she went. I put it on the heavy duty wash cycle, with warm water (against my mother’s suggestions as she wanted hot), with detergent and softener. We reduced the spin to medium. I think the wash was 88 minutes. After I checked on it like 80 times the cycle was complete.
Although I was confident this would be ok I was nervous to take it out. We carefully took her out and laid it on the towels we placed on the floor. It was not as wet as I expected and surprisingly not wrinkled at all. I did notice it was still dingy looking. Since it handled the 1 cycle fine we decided to put her through another cycle with hot water this time. After that cycle was complete it was much whiter. We hung it to dry and after a few days it was done.
Here are my after pictures. I tried my best to take the same ones:
Although it isn’t 100 % stain free (which I never expected) it came out fantastic. There are no stains on the outside lace (except where the wine didn’t completely come out) with a few stubborn ones on the inside which is fine by me. It held it’s shape and the lace trim didn’t shrink or wrinkle at all.
It is as beautiful as the day I wore it, smelling clean, and perfect to put away in my closet.
I hope this helps some others out there enjoy your wedding day without the fear of what MAY happen to your dress. I am sure it wouldn’t have been so dirty if I carried my train rather than let it follow me around but…I didn’t. Also getting it soaked from walking in snow for 2 hours didn’t help either. But it held up great, we got to do what we wanted, took the pictures we wanted and she looks fantastic in them all.
I am sure your dress will get dirty, mop up beverages from the reception floor but I hope this gives you all a little hope that even the DIRTIEST of dresses can look great in photos, do what it wants and then get cleaned in the end.