Keep your bridal gown in tip-top condition on the big day with these bridal pearls of wisdom...
#1 Invest in an aisle-runner to line any outdoor paths
An inexpensive splash of cheap material (in your wedding colours, natch) will make a budget-friendly addition to your reception. Alternatively, if you've booked an outdoorsy venue, pick a shorter dress - think a vintage-y tea-length frock, for example.
#2 Talk to the experts
Speak to friends about how they kept their dresses clean, and chat with the experts at the boutique where you got your dress to get their tips for keeping your dress as clean as possible.
#3 Ask your maids to hold your train, and scoop up any excess skirt material yourself
If you've got a long train, don't be afraid to ask your bridesmaids to help you manage it - and don't forget to scoop up your skirts when necessary.
#4 Change into a different dress for the reception
If you're really bothered, slip into a second frock for the later part of your day - something cheaper, harder to stain and easier to clean!
#5 Wear heels to tackle mud
Comfortable heels, of course! The right heels in a suitable height will keep your hemline off the ground - and you can also use heel protectors to keep your shoes mud-proof, too.
#6 Steer clear of coloured liquids
We're looking at you, red wine.
#7 Forget about it!
You can always take your wedding dress to the drycleaners after the big day, so don't stress too much about keeping it in pristine condition on the day itself.