How to Get Wrinkles Out of a Wedding Dress

Updated April 17, 2017

When a wedding dress is riddled with wrinkles it is a great idea to take the dress to the dry cleaners for a professional steam. Many times, however, it is not possible to use a professional steam-cleaning service. Luckily it is quite simple to get wrinkles out of a wedding dress--for free--at home. Since wedding dresses are frequently very light in colour and are assembled from very delicate materials, it is important to use this method to avoid any stains or burns in the fabric.

Hang the wedding dress on the back of a bathroom door, adjusting it so that it lies as flat as possible.

Close the bathroom door and run a steaming-hot tub. The idea is that the bathroom should be filled with a thick blanket of steam.

Grab the two towels and cover your exposed arms completely. This will prevent any sweat from being passed on to the wedding dress.

Flatten out the wrinkles with your towel-covered hands. Tug slightly at the hems to soften large wrinkles. Run hands over the smaller wrinkles repeatedly until all the wrinkles disappear.

Check for any additional wrinkles on all sides of the wedding dress. Once the wrinkles are gone, drain the tub.

Hang the dress neatly from a cloth hanger and away from all other items to prevent any additional wrinkles.


Wait to remove wrinkles from the wedding dress until the day before the wedding to avoid having to repeat this process.


Do not apply an iron directly to the dress as discolouring happens very easily with wedding dresses.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 hand towels
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Heather Rutherford has enjoyed writing professionally since 2004. Her articles have appeared in,,, and On-the-News. She also works intimately with several small businesses to prepare business plans and other marketing materials. Rutherford is seeking an Associate of Arts in business from North Idaho College.