Spilled Milk: Wedding Dress Edition

In this series on wedding mistakes, we offer advice on what to do after you say yes to the dress

After my wedding, I took all of the edited photos I had (thanks, Spark and Tumble) and arranged them into a volume using Artifact Uprising, a company that makes it easy and affordable to create a beautifully designed, custom tome. I love having the book on my bookshelf, to flip through at my leisure and relive the day I spent a year planning. It’s also wonderful to watch other people look through it, seeing what details capture their attention. As I watch them flip the pages, I've noticed that I cringe when some photos come up, even though I should be awash with pride. There are a few details that slipped through the cracks, and sure, it’s no big deal, but when you’ve invested so much time and energy, of course, you want everything to be perfect. Side note: if I had hired a planner, it would have been.  

The following tips are all dress related, and I've included some photos from my album to illustrate the details that I overlooked.

Hang Your Dress On A Beautiful Hanger


As you can see here, I left my dress on the white paper hanger that came from the dry cleaner, and now that is what is featured in this photo. You can buy beautiful gold or silver hangers, or have one with your name if you like something more personalized, but a normal, wooden hanger will do just fine. It’s something small, but worth paying attention to.


Hire A Great Tailor


I put in some effort to finding a tailor, reading yelp reviews, searching online, asking around, but ultimately I gave up before I found someone great. I was happy with some aspects of my alteration, but I absolutely hated the bustling on my dress and by the time I had it in hand, it was too late. The worst part is I knew things weren’t going well along the way. My tailor wasn’t seeing eye to eye with me and I should have bailed. Lesson learned.

And looking at this photo is reminding me of something else…


Master The Material


If possible, wear your dress around the house a bit before the final pressing and see what it does. In my case, I spent a bunch of time on my wedding day steaming the bajeebus out of heavy satin only to have it get incredibly wrinkled while I was sitting on the bus being transported to the venue. Not cute.


Happy planning and here’s wishing you a blunder free day!