Photo: Abby Jiu
After all of the fittings that take place once your wedding dress arrives, you should end up with one of the best-fitting garments you'll ever wear. Whether it zips, buttons, or ties in the back, you should feel secure, supported, and ready to dance the night away. But what if, after all that dancing, you can't get your dress off? Our experts have a few tips.
Whether your zipper snagged on some of the lace on the bodice, the knot that held your corset in place would rival that of an experienced sailor, or an extra glass of champagne made those tiny buttons a serious challenge for your new hubby, the last thing you want at the end of the night is to be stuck in your wedding dress. But these things happen — and they happen a lot! — so don't panic.
If wiggling won't loosen your zipper, try rubbing a little bit of bar soap just beneath the zipper to lubricate the teeth, then slowly wiggle and pull again. Vaseline or clear chapstick would also work, but since it's your wedding gown, try to avoid anything with a tint to it. Still can't get out? Reach for the scissors and very carefully cut as close to the zipper as you can. Be sure to cut the woven fabric that's attached to the zipper teeth, not the fabric or seams of your gown!
Tied in to your corset? The good thing is, replacing the ribbon used to tie your gown won't be too much of an expense. Snip off the knot in question, unthread the ribbon, and you're free!
If buttons are the problem, use a trick that's also helpful for getting the buttons done in the first place: a crochet hook. Simply hook the buttonhole, then gently pull the fabric around and off of the button to release. Sure, it's a little labor-intensive, but it won't damage your gown at all.
That's it, you're free! Take a deep (unrestricted!) breath, and swap your gown for the lightest, comfiest, silkiest pjs you can find.