When your wedding finally arrives, you're on the ultimate cloud nine. Unfortunately, nothing can bring you crashing down to earth faster than a wardrobe malfunction that threatens to mar the vision you've come so close to executing. Here, wedding planners describe some of the most common fashion emergencies they've seen, and how to handle them if they come up on your big day.
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Your bustle has an important job—holding up all that tulle, organza, or whichever fabulous fabric captured your heart is no easy feat! "Bustles typically break toward the end of the night after a lot of dancing and partying," says Kelli Corn, founder of Kelli Corn Weddings and Events in Bluffton, South Carolina. When searching for your dream dress, consider the fact that ribbons hold up better than buttons, says Corn. If your bustle does break during your wedding, large safety pins can save the day. "At the end of the night, it doesn't have to be pinned perfectly," says Corn. "The point is to pull the layers up so you're not running the risk of tearing the dress."
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A Stuck Zipper
Or worse, one that decides your wedding day is the perfect time to bow out. If your zipper is in the stuck phase, first check to make sure you're not accidentally dragging any fabric in it. After that, take a clear wax stick (you can buy them at any home goods store) and wax the zipper to help ease it up or down, says Amy Mancuso, owner of Amy Mancuso Events in Phoenix, Arizona. If your zipper is plain broken, that's where needle and thread come in handy. "Sometimes I've had to sew a bride into her dress," says Mancuso. That needle and thread can also help in a pinch if you've got any torn seams that need fixing.
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A Stained Dress
Whether it's a dribble of foundation or a smudge of lipstick, even the teeniest of stains are unwelcome. "A Tide to Go Pen or Shout Wipe can work if the stain is smaller," says Corn. If a splash of red wine has made its way to your dress, Corn suggests this brilliant hack: "Pouring white wine on top of a small red wine stain can help pull it out." If you're nervous about risking that DIY remedy, consider turning to chalk. "There are so many different shades of white, so you have to be careful because you could just draw more attention to it," says Mancuso. But if you have just a small stain and a stick of chalk in the right shade, you're golden.
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Wedding planners often double as superheroes, as evidenced by the time Corn saved a bride from a huge fashion catastrophe. The bride sent her dress to get pressed the day before the wedding, but didn't check it until before dawn on her wedding day during a fit of excitement-induced insomnia. Her dress originally had a train with buttons all down the back so the fabric would gather into billowing poufs, but the dry cleaners pressed the poufs out. The result was deep pleats that had the bride calling Corn in a panic at 5:30 a.m.! Corn had a dressmaker pop all the buttons off, a dry cleaner re-pressed it, then the dressmaker re-made the back of the dress. "The bride started crying when she saw it because she was so thrilled," says Corn. The takeaway: It's a simple move, but always check your dress after any last-minute alterations or dry cleaning!