Post # 1
What is the deal with dress preservation? I have read that its a total scam and a ripoff and in some cases can even ruin your dress. In fact, the FTC has sued several national “gown preservation” companies for deceptive advertising and trade practices. I also heard that you often get your gown back in a sealed box and they tell you not to open it, but second hand shops and buyers have reported that 80% of these dresses, upon opening, are dirty and were never even cleaned. The book “bridal bargains” which has been spot on about everything in my planning process and alerted me to other disreputable companies (royal prestige cookware, anyone?) has said that most places just put your gown in a regular washing machine and charge brides $200 or more for it. Has anyone had a postitive experience with gown preservation? I just got married and I am trying to figure out if I should keep my dress or sell it, and if I keep it whether or not I should have it professionally cleaned or just do it myself.
Post # 3
My mom wanted me to “try on” her gown for fun and to make her feel if she saved it for a reason! =P Even though she never once pressured me into wearing her dress. Her gown was unfortunately YELLOW, I mean seriously, was originally IVORY but since 1995 OMG! And her veil dont even get me started! She was really upset upon realizing how damaged/discolored it was for the amount she paid; even at the time.
I am ALL for SELLING (or donate if no success) my dress; and if successful I plan to give that money back to my mom since she purchased my dress! Plus i figured there arent many Plus Size Couture gowns, so hopefully another beautiful & curvy girl could make use of it! xo
Post # 4
My dress was RUINED!!! I went to a local place & I think they just put my $4,700 dress in the washing machine. The stones were gone & loose. The embroidery was ripped off. They charged $200. If you are going to do it, invest in a company like J. Scheer who will do it right. I wish I had gone to them in the first place, but they charged over double. Hindsight is 20/20. I’m devastated. 🙁
Post # 5
I’m going to sell mine, I think. I won’t be having massive alterations done (just a bustle addition and possibly a tiny take-in). I’m 99.9% sure any future-yet-unarrived child will not want to wear my dress (I wasn’t even able to think about wearing my mom’s. I’m about 7-8 inches taller than her, and probably 40lbs heavier than she was on her wedding day). I’m not really so sentimental to want to keep it for 20 years down the road.
My parents were generous and bought the dress for me, and my father will be retired after we get married. I’d love to give the proceeds of a resale back to them so they can do something nice. And I can hopefully get the dress to someone who wants to fit a nice gown into a small budget.
Post # 6
OMG they ruined such an expensive dress! They had better pay you damages! your dress was expensive enough you could sue them over that!
Post # 7
I never understood the whole dress preservation thing. I think the real purpose is just to throw more money at the wedding industry, even post wedding.
I mean, I’m not going to wear it again, so why spend all that money to clean and preserve it? Mine is back in the garment bag, and currently on the floor of the guest room because I haven’t figured out yet what to do with it. Maybe I’ll sell it. In which case I would bring it to the dry cleaner to have it cleaned there.
Post # 8
I had my gown preserved. It cost about $175. They removed all the stains on the hem (I still have no idea HOW since it is silk and those were from my TTD, but I’ll take it) and they also repaired some seams that stretched when it got wet. My emroidery, lace, beading, and jewels are all still there and look good as new. My veil was cleaned, all the sand removed. It was put in a sealed box, but I wanted to place some other items in with it, so I opened it up.
I have heard stories about companies pretending to preserve the gown then sealing it so that you don’t see you’ve been had for 20 or so years, and I was pretty nervous about it. But I actually think it was worth every penny, since my dress and veil are back to like-new condition.
Dresses may not be worn by others, but they can be used to make things like Christening gowns, Confirmation gowns, or even in a quilt. I like to re-purpose/reuse things so it was worth the investment for me. I doubt my daughter will want to wear it, but if she does it’s there. My veil was a big deal to my Darling Husband, and so at least that is there so my daughter may use that if she likes as well. And if in 20 or so years my daughter wants nothing to do with my dress, I have plenty of other ideas for it.
My mom saved her dress in her closet, but without any preservation all the lace had yellowed. I would have at least worked it into my wedding if it was in proper condition, so that probably colored my decision to preserve my own gown.