Wedding gowns aren’t cheap, so it’s important to take good care of them! Learn how to care for your gown before, during, and after the big day.
What type of fabric is your wedding gown? The two most popular wedding gown fabrics are silk or polyester.
Silk is a natural protein fiber produced by silkworms. Contrary to the name, silkworms are not actually worms, rather, caterpillars. Basically, a silkworm lays lots of eggs that eventually hatch into larva. The larva reach their maximum size in about four to six weeks. The larva then attach to branches and spin a cocoon made of a single thread of high-protein fluid. The larva are killed before the cocoon matures. The silk pods are then dipped into hot water to loosen the thread, which is then spun onto wheels.
|Silkworm and silk cocoons
Polyester is a synthetic, man-made fabric.This fabric is made from the same material used to produce plastic drinking bottles. Polyester is quick-drying, durable, and strong. Designers use polyester to make gorgeous wedding gowns because of the fabric’s drape and durability.
To Silk or Not to Silk
Silk is more expensive, but has a luxurious hand that is unmatched by any other fiber. Silk is more prone to stains, as it is a hollow fiber that absorbs liquids like dye. If something spills on your silk gown, never use club soda or water to try to remove the stain!
Spills tend to roll right off polyester, and generally, a damp cloth is all that’s needed to remove any stains.
Garment bags should only be used to hold the gown temporarily because the bag can crush and flatten the skirt. When you arrive at your destination, unzip the bag and allow the skirt to open fully. Be sure to cover the floor with a clean sheet to keep the bottom of the dress unsoiled. Or, if possible, hang the dress from up high and avoid letting it touch the floor completely. If you remove the garment bag entirely, be sure to protect it from light, dust, animals, and children by placing large white sheets over the gown.
Never hang your wedding gown from a sprinkler in a hotel room! We’ve heard from many brides who did this and flooded their entire room (and ruined their dress!). Yikes! Avoid this catastrophe and just hang your gown from a door or a closet bar.
- Wet Stains, such as coffee, tea, or wine: These stains dissolve in water.
- Dry Stains, such as lipstick or grease: These stains require a dry solution to dissolve the oil.
- Complex, or “Other”: These stains, such as salad dressing or gravy, comprise wet and dry components.