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Five wedding dress disasters - and how to fix them

Five wedding dress disasters - and how to fix them


Written by Katie Byrne


It's every bride's nightmare for something to go wrong with her wedding dress - but fear no more...

 

The problem: it doesn't look how I remembered 

It's easy to mis-forget things: unless you look at your wedding dress regularly, chances are it looks slightly different in your imagination to how it looks IRL.

The solution: it sounds basic, but look at your dress regularly. You don't want to have a wedding day freak-out by realising the dress doesn't have the belt-detail you thought it did, or if you suddenly hate those pouffy sleeves.

The problem: my wedding bouquet stained my dress and now there's a massive wet patch...

Awkward - but fixable. Fresh-out-of-water stems will result in a nasty wet patch on the front of your wedding gown.

The solution: ask a bridesmaid or your mum to pet the stems dry with tissue before handing the bouquet over, avoiding any annoying leaks. If the worst comes to the worst, a hairdryer should go some way to fixing the problem. 

The problem: I tore it!

Long-trained dresses are painfully easy to catch on sticking-out surfaces (think door handles, table corners, rogue floorboards...). However, don't fret - a stitch in time really can save nine. 

The solution: a sewing kit. For basic rips and tears, a simple needle-and-thread combo will fix the problem in a flash. Perhaps find out before your wedding day if any of your guests have sewing prowess, just in case...

The problem: I spilt something on my dress

Rogue red wine, an accidentally dropped lipstick, gravy from the wedding breakfast... That white wedding dress is asking to end up stained, right?

The solution: sometimes a stain remover just won't do the trick, so you have two options. One: laugh it off and accept that something as snowy and perfectly white as your bridal gown was never going to last a whole day stain-free or two: have a Plan B evening dress on standby. Just in case...

The problem: my dress is uncomfortable, or inpractical 

Too tight, too short, too formal - it's surprisingly common for a bride to start feeling uncomfortable in her dream wedding gown. Plus, if you need an army of helpers just to carry your train, chances are you might want to slip into something a little more comfortable...

The solution: a cheaper, less formal second dress for the evening part of your reception. Pick a frock that's still bridal - but also perfect for twirling around the dancefloor on. 


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