How to Steam Press a Wedding Dress

by Kristie Lorette ; Updated September 28, 2017

If your wedding day is just around the corner but your dress is wrinkled from being stored in the box or bag it came in, you take your dress to the dry cleaner to be steam pressed or you can do it yourself at home. Doing it yourself at home can save you money, but you have to be careful when taking on the steam press process on your own.

Before you start, read your dress' tag for the recommended iron setting for the dress' material. The fabrics used to make wedding dresses are usually very delicate.

Set your iron accordingly. It is OK to set your iron to a lower temperature than recommended, but don't set it higher because it can damage the dress. If you set the temperature lower than recommend, it may take you longer to steam press your dress, but it’s less likely that it’ll cause damage. If the tag doesn’t specify an iron setting, adjust your iron to the delicate setting.

Lay your dress flat on the ironing board.

Using your water spray bottle, dampen your dress in the area that needs to be steamed.

Place a clean, white cloth (washcloth or towel works) between your dress and the iron. This helps to prevent too much heat from reaching the dress directly.

Press the iron onto the cloth and move accordingly to work the wrinkles out of the dampened and cloth-covered area.

Once you’ve pressed out the wrinkles in the area, repeat Steps 4, 5 and 6 for each wrinkled area on the dress.


  • It is always better to use a lower setting than recommended to avoid burning or damaging the dress material.

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Kristie Lorette started writing professionally in 1996. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in marketing and multinational business from Florida State University and a Master of Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University. Her work has appeared online at Bill Savings, Money Smart Life and Mortgage Loan.