Ask The Expert: What Should I Do If Something Happens To My Wedding Gown?

Weddings

April 25, 2018 | BY Chong Seow Wei

Co-founders of The Proposal , a multi-luxury label boutique, Lee Chern San and Brenna Koh share tips on how to manage last-minute wedding attire mishaps.

Help! The zipper on my gown is stuck. What should I do?
First of all, don’t panic. Gently and slowly wiggling and trying to pull apart the stuck fabric around the zipper usually fixes it. Don’t use excessive force, or you may end up with a broken zipper! 

I spotted stains on my wedding gown. What's the best way to fix it?
Fabric-cleaning solution, available at major supermarkets, does the trick for most stains. Avoid rubbing or scrubbing at the spot—this may spread or force the stain deeper into the fabric. Instead, use a white cloth to blot any moisture first. Thereafter, use a clean cloth to gently blot in the cleaning solution.  

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The hem of my gown has been dirtied and damaged, is there a quick solution?
This can’t be fixed on the spot, but the issue can be hidden from sight if your gown has a lot of fabric.

Where possible, send it to a tailor before washing. Alternatively, clean the hem yourself by soaking it in a tub with a gentle, clear-coloured detergent for an hour. Then, scrub off dirt using a rag soaked with water from the tub, and hang the dress to dry.  

I developed painful blisters on my feet from my wedding shoes. What's the fastest way to recover?
Blisters worsen with moisture and friction. Plasters may help but be sure to drain and air the blisters when you can. You can also apply aloe vera gel, which has an anti-inflammatory function, for quicker recovery.

To avoid blisters, get used to your new shoes at least a few days before the wedding.

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