Dry clean or preservation?? What to do with the dress?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Should I get my dress dry cleaned or professionally preserved?
    Dry cleaned : (4 votes)
    29 %
    Dry cleaned and vacuum sealed : (2 votes)
    14 %
    Professionally preserved : (8 votes)
    57 %
    Other (comment below) : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    Member
    1822 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

    Do you plan to keep it for a daughter or something years and years down the line? I would recommend professional preservation, then. Acid-free paper/box to protect the fabric from yellowing or weakening.

    Post # 6
    Member
    322 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    The answer really depends on the material your gown is made of. The higher the quality fabric, the more likely you DONT want it drycleaned. Drycleaning chemicals can be too harsh for more delicate silk organzas and laces and some detailing.

    I spent 350 on cleaning and preservation which, for a $5000 dress I felt was worth doing. I CAN take it out of the box whenever I want so long as I use the gloves they provided and I lay the dress on a clean sheet. 

    Post # 7
    Member
    4043 posts
    Honey bee

    @Pand0ra:  Did you get your dress cleaned/preserved at a place near you? Or through a national company?

    Post # 8
    Member
    1822 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

    @sofiekitty:  Not quite true. The article someone posted in my own thread about dress preservation says that it’s actually recommended to take the dress out of the box every year to let the fabric breathe.

    Post # 9
    Hostess
    10876 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    @sofiekitty:  I paid about £125, but yeah you’re right I haven’t taken it out of the box as it’s folded with the tissue paper etc. A friend put hers back in the suit carrier without it being cleaned so she can get it out at anytime

    Post # 10
    Member
    322 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @bmo88:  I had my gown cleaned by a well-known company in the Bay Area. I believe they routinely clean/preserve gowns from across the nation as they always seemed to have a ton of gowns waiting for Fedex/UPS pick-up everytime I stopped by. I used National Gown Cleaners which is the same quality and reputation as JScheer but at about 1/2 the price. The only complaint I had was it took 5 months for the entire process but to be fair, I took it in just before the holidays and they cleaned my gown twice and each time it had to be cleaned individually (rather than with other gowns) due to the delicate fabrication of the gown. 

    http://www.nationalgown.com/services/cleaning.htm

    https://www.facebook.com/NationalGownCleaners?fref=ts

    Post # 11
    Member
    5287 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I think I’m just going to get mine cleaned as it was pretty dirty from my destination wedding. Then I just plan to put it back in the garment bag and keep in my closet

    Post # 12
    Member
    2325 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @sofiekitty:  I never cleaned my dress and it was as messy at the end of the night as it sounds yours was 🙂 Mine was torn, stained, bottom was black from being outside. I didn’t see the point of cleaning it, I kind of like the stains on it, signs of a good time!

    Post # 13
    Member
    482 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I just got a quote today for $150 for dry cleaning.  Ummmm, no.  So I’m gonna try the washing machine method, and if I kill the dress, well, I have a lot of pictures of it.

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