To Steam or Not to Steam

steamingShould you have your wedding gown steamed? That seems to be the question a lot of brides are asking recently. Here are some reasons why you we think you should definitely have your wedding dress steamed before your big day.

First, let’s start by talking about your wedding dress arriving to Charlotte’s. The designer of your dress packs the dress into a box, which then gets shipped to us. We check your dress in, inspect it, and then give it to you at your pick-up appointment. We don’t steam your dress before we give it to you because it will just be put back into the garment bag, you will have alterations done and then put it back in the bag again.  Therefore we don’t steam the dress before giving it to you because it will only re-wrinkle. That is also why we suggest bringing your dress in after your alterations and before your wedding for us to steam it, as it will be full of wrinkles. You will be looking at your wedding pictures for the rest of your life and you won’t want your dress to look wrinkled in them.

So you’ve decided to get your dress steamed, now what? You will need to think about a timeline to make sure you leave enough time for it to be steamed. Contrary to popular belief, it does NOT simply take ten minutes to steam an entire wedding dress. There are layers, upon layers, upon layers underneath and inside a wedding dress, all of which take time. We ask for you to drop off your wedding dress a week to ten days before you want to pick it up from steaming. This is because it is a process to steam a wedding dress and your dress will need time to dry.  We also like time to touch up any places on your dress that may need it with steam, before you pick it up. Needless to say, depending on the dress, it can take quite a bit of time to completely steam it.

What do you need to do? Call us! We schedule steaming of dresses by the day you want to pick it up, which should be as close to your wedding day as possible. Then you will drop your dress off a week to ten days before that date, which you do not need an appointment to do. The cost of steaming your wedding dress depends on the type of fabric your dress is and the amount of layers it has underneath it. Generally, it will cost $100-$200 to steam your wedding dress.  Payment is due when you drop it off so you don’t have to worry about paying for it when you run in to pick up your dress. Give us a call if you have questions.  We would love to steam your wedding dress so it looks perfect on your big day!

- Robin, Charlotte’s Weddings & More Bridal Consultant