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Keep your wedding dress clean on your big day

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If you’re getting married, firstly, congratulations, I sincerely hope that you have a long and happy marriage. Secondly, have you thought about how you’re going to keep your wedding dress clean on your big day? If not, here are some tips for you. 

  • Air your dress
  • Use stain protector on the hem of your dress
  • Put your dress on at the last minute
  • Step into your dress
  • Take a water spray bottle with you
  • Keep white chalk on hand
  • Recruit your bridal party to help 
  • Have an emergency kit on hand
  • Never rub a stain 
  • Have a post-wedding plan

Air your dress

On the morning of your wedding day, hang your dress somewhere out of the way from yourself and your bridal party. It is essential that you air out your wedding dress so that you can let any wrinkles fall. That being said, you don’t want it to be hung somewhere that risks it being stained. If possible, leave it in an empty bedroom, so it won’t be disturbed until the moment you put it on. 

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Use stain protector on the hem of your dress 

If you are wearing a floor-length wedding dress, it’s essential that you protect the hem of your gown. Even if you aren’t planning on wandering outside, your hem will be dragging across the floor all day and will become dirty if not protected. Buy a stain protector for the hem of your dress, but, be very careful when applying it. If you apply too much stain protector you may leave a stain, so apply only a small amount. 

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Put your dress on at the last minute 

Let your dress be the final step in your getting ready journey. This will limit the risk of makeup or hairspray stains ruining your wedding dress.  

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Step into your dress

When you are putting on your dress, it’s best to step into it so that it does not come into contact with your hair or makeup- this is to protect both the dress and your perfectly finessed hair and makeup. Finally, have your bridesmaids help you put your shoes on to avoid bending down and wrinkling your dress.

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Take a water spray bottle with you 

You don’t want your dress to look wrinkled in your wedding photos. To avoid this, have a spray water bottle with you at all times. If you spot a small wrinkle on your dress, simply spray a small amount of the water on to it, and said wrinkle will disappear. Be warned, water will not work on larger wrinkles. 

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Keep white chalk on hand 

As your wedding day progresses, there is an increased chance of your dress becoming stained. Chalk is a great way to get rid of oil-based stains, and, if your wedding dress is white, white chalk will help cover the stain. If you have an oil-based stain, simply rub a small amount of the chalk over the stain, and wait 15 minutes for the chalk to absorb the oil. After 15 minutes, brush the chalk off of your wedding dress, and continue with what will be one of the best days of your life.

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Recruit your bridal party to help 

Your bridal party is there to help, so use them to help you keep your wedding dress clean. Have two of them help you hold up your dress when you are walking over a particularly dirty section of flooring. Tell them to watch out for any stains that may drip onto your dress, and make sure that they know how to remove stains as fast as possible. Remember, it’s your day, and if you want your bridal party to help you keep your dress clean, then so be it. 

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Have an emergency kit on hand

You can buy an emergency kit or make one yourself, either way, they are essential to have on your wedding day. Your emergency kit will have everything you will need for any wedding dress disaster. From a needle and thread to deal with rips in your dress to emergency crystals, your emergency kit will help with any wedding dress mishap. 

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Never rub a stain 

If you do get a stain on your wedding dress, and the chalk has not helped, do not rub it. Rubbing a stain will only set it further into your dress and may hinder it from being removed after your wedding day. Instead, try and cover the stain with alternative embellishments, such as flowers or crystals, or just own the fact that your dress is stained. It will come out eventually. There is no need to let a little stain ruin your big day. 

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Have a post-wedding plan

It’s important to have a plan for how you are going to clean your wedding dress after your wedding. Do you want it cleaned professionally by a dry cleaner? Or would you prefer to try and wash it yourself? Whatever you want to do, it’s important that you think about it before your big day, so that you can treat any stains on your dress as soon as possible. 

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Enjoy your wedding day without having to worry too much about keeping your wedding dress clean. If you do get a few stains on it, don’t worry. Simply book your Laundryheap service and we can have it picked-up, pre-treated, dry-cleaned, and returned to you, within 24 hours. 

To book your Laundryheap service, head to the Laundryheap website, or download the free Laundryheap app. 


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How to plan the perfect wedding

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Wedding planning can be incredibly stressful, but it’s important to note that there is no such thing as ‘the perfect wedding.’ As long as your wedding is perfect for you and your partner, it will be perfect.

The current pandemic we are facing may have put your wedding on hold, but there is no reason why you can’t take this time to meticulously plan your special day. Here’s how.

  • Be organised
  • Involve your significant other 
  • Ask for help 
  • Set a budget
  • Save a date 
  • Choose a colour scheme 
  • Create a guest list 
  • Buy your perfect outfit 
  • Capture the moment 
  • Don’t forget to have fun

Be organised 

When planning a wedding there is a lot of things to think about. From choosing a venue to considering what floral arrangements you want, you have to consider the smallest of details. To ensure that you achieve your perfect day, it’s best to organise your ideas as soon as possible. Create mood boards for the different aspects of your wedding to narrow down your initial ideas. Create a check-list of things that need to be completed before your big day. Split your to-do list up into monthly tasks to make the list more manageable, setting yourself goals on what you want to achieve leading up to your special day. Preparation is key to achieving your perfect wedding, the more organised you are the easier it will be to achieve your perfect day.

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 Involve your significant other 

Your big day should be the perfect amalgamation of yours and your significant other’s vision. Your guests should see both of you reflected in every aspect of your wedding. That is why it is vital that you include your partner in the wedding planning. Discuss exactly what the vision for your wedding is and build your to-do list together. Then, divide your tasks between yourselves. This will make it easier to get through the wedding prep and ensure that your wedding is prefect for both of you.

Ask for help 

Planning a wedding is hard and you should not be taking on the challenge on your own. Enlist the help of family and friends to help you make decisions and organise your special day. You could even enlist the help of a wedding planner who will take your vision for your perfect wedding and organise everything, with your oversight of course. This can drastically lessen the stress you may feel and make the process more enjoyable. 

Set a budget 

Weddings can be incredibly expensive, so it’s essential to set a realistic budget. Take into consideration what you want from your wedding, what you have to pay for and what you can realistically afford. Your budget may limit what can be achieved for your big day, but the sooner you establish what you can afford the easier it will be to plan your special day. 

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Save a date

Given the current situation, it’s near impossible to pin down an exact date for your wedding. That being said, you can decide what season, and maybe even month, you would like to be married in. This will give you a realistic time-frame of when you need to start preparing for your big day.

Choose a colour scheme    

After you’ve established what season your wedding will take place in, it may be easier to choose a colour scheme. For example, a winter wedding could have a darker colour scheme than a summer wedding. Consider the colours that you and your significant other like. Are there any colours that you feel signify your relationship? After picking a colour scheme, you can begin planning floral arrangements, place settings, decorations- all of the smaller things that will bring your wedding together.

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Create a guest list

Once you’ve decided on your venue and your wedding date, you can begin considering who will be on your guest list. Think about who you want as part of your bridal and groom squad and work from there. The more time you give yourself and your partner to consider the guest list the easier it will be to send out those final invitations without the fear of forgetting anyone. In addition, the sooner you send out your invitations the more time your guests will have to clear their schedules and save your date. 

Buy your perfect outfit 

One of the most important parts of anyone’s big day is their outfit. You want to look perfect. Take your time looking for an outfit. Browse all your options and don’t rush into a decision. It doesn’t matter if you have to visit 10 shops, try on 100 different looks and order a couple of back-up options online. It’s your big day and you should feel comfortable in whatever you decide to wear. Don’t forget to consider your shoes and accessories as well.

Capture the moment 

Your wedding day is one of the biggest days of your life and you will want to remember every moment of it. That is why it’s so important to get a good photographer and/or videographer. Take your time to look through the portfolios of multiple photographers and videographers and pick one with your dream style. You can even reach out to a handful of them and ask for additional samples of their work. Your wedding photos and video will serve as a reminder of your big day for the rest of your life, so you want to hire the best person for the job. 

Don’t forget to have fun 

Planning a wedding can be stressful. There are a lot of decisions to be made and a lot of planning to be done. That being said, don’t forget to have fun. Organise a crazy hen/stag night. Have your friends and family round for a planning party. Take this opportunity to have some quality time with your partner, orgnaising your perfect wedding. Most importantly, allow yourself to be excited. It’s your day and you should enjoy every moment of the process, planning included. 

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We are here to help with all your pre and post wedding laundry needs. If you need your wedding dress dry cleaned, simply head to the Laundryheap website or download the free app to book your laundry slot. 


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How To Choose The Perfect Wedding Dress For Your Body Type

Choosing the right wedding for your body type can do wonders for your figure. Whether that’s giving you the illusion of a flat tummy, small waist or even make you look taller. To choose the perfect wedding dress starts with understanding your body type and shape.

How To Choose The Perfect Wedding Dress For Your Body Type

  • Petite 

If you have a petite frame, the key to looking for the perfect wedding dress for your body type is length. You want to avoid dresses with too much detail on them like ruffles or full skirts as it may drown your frame. Go for the simple dresses styles that create the illusion of height, such as mermaid/trumpet style, column style, an empire waistline or A-line.

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  • Plus size

For plus size frames, you can either choose a wedding dress that will enhance your natural curves or a dress that will create a slimming effect. A majority of the time, the most flattering wedding dress style for plus size frames are asymmetrical pleating, A-line dresses and dresses with a ruching or cumberband waistline. Choose a v-neck or scoop neckline to accentuate the top part of your body.  

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  • Slim

If you have an athletic, slim figure, you don’t need to worry about looking too top or bottom-heavy. Choose a wedding dress style that will create the illusion of curves. Form-fitting wedding dresses such as a sheath dress or a contouring dress will look best with your body type. Voluminous dress with a fitted bodice will look flattering too.

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  • Top heavy 

If you are more on the bustier side, the right wedding dress comes down to choosing the right neckline. Avoid plunging necklines which can draw attention to your bust area and go for a modest neckline instead such as a scoop, sweetheart or off-the-shoulder style. 

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  • Hour glass

Luckily for you, your hourglass body suits many types of dress, and it’s also the most desired effect that many women want to create when wearing a wedding dress. Although your figure may suit any dress, choose one that accentuates your small waist and highlights your assets such as a mermaid, corset or drop waist dress.

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  • Pear

If you’re more on the bottom-heavy side, your figure will look best in an A-line or ball gown wedding dress with a sweetheart or V neckline. This combination will draw all the attention away from your bottom half and accentuate your figure.

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  • Apple

To pick the perfect dress for an ‘apple’ shaped body, choose a dress style with a heavily pleated bodice to accentuate the top part of your body and add shape to your torso to create a defined look. An empire waistline would be perfect as it will help keep your figure balanced. 

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If you want to maintain the condition of your wedding dress, get it professionally cleaned by laundryheap and make sure you store it away properly.


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5 Ways To Preserve Your Wedding Dress

Whether you’re keeping or have kept your wedding dress for sentimental value or you’re passing it down, it’s very important to preserve your wedding dress for it to remain in perfect condition. The intricate design and detailing means it is extremely delicate and must be preserved in the right way.

Here are 5 Ways To Preserve Your Wedding Dress:

Get It Dry Cleaned

Even though you’ve only used your dress once and thought to have been completely careful whilst wearing it, there may be ‘invisible’ stains that you are totally unaware of. Some of these marks may begin to appear overtime as they oxidise and turn a yellow colour. Avoid this issue by making sure to get your gown cleaned by a specialist wedding dress dry cleaner to get the right treatment it deserves!

Store It In A Special Box

Avoid hanging your wedding dress along with the other clothes in your wardrobe. This will cause the dress to crease, catch on to and get bashed on by the other clothes- not something you want if you’re trying to preserve your wedding dress.

Instead, use a special wedding dress box. These boxes are PH neutral and are made from acid free material, making it a safe place to store your gown and promote longevity. Using an ordinary box may cause the fabric to turn yellow overtime.

Also, take into consideration the size of he box, making sure it’s not too small for the dress.

Use Acid-Free Tissue Paper

Pack acid-free tissue paper in between the layers of your gown when folding it to store it in its’s box. This will help to preserve the fabrics quality overtime and doesn’t crumble like ordinary tissue paper. 

NOTE: Some storage boxes come with acid-free tissue paper with instructions of how to use it.

Keep It Out Of The Attic

Attic spaces can be damp and humid, where all sorts of insects, birds and rodents can invade and make it a home.  The damp environment can cause mould or even mildew growth on your wedding dress. So, do avoid storing your wedding dress up in the attic as much as you can!

Store It In A Cool, Dry Place

For your wedding dress to be well preserved, it needs to be kept well away from the heat and direct light. The best environmental state to store your wedding dress in is as cool, dry place.

With these tips, you can ensure that your wedding dress will be preserved for the longest period of time! Don’t forget to take it out every 6 months or so, to prevent permanent creases and ensure it is still in pristine condition.