Post # 1
Mainly just want to have a vent ARRGHH
So my dress is a sample meaning I always planned to have it dry cleaned before the wedding. Its very simple, floor length chiffon with lace bodice and is more of a taupe than white that and probably the fact that I look too young to be getting married meant the dry cleaner assumed that it would be a ball gown and told me cost would be 40-50.
I stupidly corrected him and now it will cost 120. Anyone sick of people doubling prices as soon as you mention wedding?
I was kind of shocked and left it there but now I’m fuming and thinking of asking for an explanation.
Post # 3
That’s the way the wedding world is. Never mention the word “wedding” to any vendor. If they ask, it’s a family gathering. You’ll save a lot of money that way.
Post # 4
okay that’s ridiculous. i understand if it was more of an elaborate ball gown since that woukd require more work. but really?? your dress sounds classic and simple. i would have left and gone elsewhere.
Post # 5
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@MsChandler: That’s pretty typical for white dresses and especially for wedding dresses. It’s not just a wedding markup because he has to be extra careful not to stain your wedding dress because it’s typically more expensive to replace a wedding dress than a white button up business shirt should he make a mistake. I would be too afraid to trust someone to dry clean my wedding dress so I have kept mine in a white bag to protect it until the wedding day.
Post # 6
Can you take it to a different dry cleaner or ask why it would cost more than one of those big crazy gypsy prom dresses? I’d want to know what was up.
Post # 7
@candykristina: Thanks for your replies, I know I should have walked out but I freaked out and just left it there
Because it was a sample it has make up marks on the inside from other brides so I wanted it nice and fresh for the day
I sent them an email asking for an explanation
This is the dress for reference..
Post # 8
That’s how all of the places I talked to worked. Wedding dresses are typically harder to wash as they are more difficult and delicate. Since yours seems to be more simple (no beading or big pooffy skirt to try to clean), maybe they will reconsider the price after seeing the actual dress?
Post # 9
@MrsBeck: Hi, they saw the dress, told me $40 then when I mentioned it was a wedding dress he hmmmd and haaahed, walked off to look at some piece of paper and changed his mind.
Post # 10
@MsChandler: good for you for asking for an explanation- especially since they saw the dress and only changed their mind when the word “wedding” came up. That just seems really dishonest- I hate hearing about how the word wedding jacks up the price of things for brides. I’m in your corner! In the meantime, it couldn’t hurt to approach other dry cleaners and ask them for prices, so you have a comparison.
Also, I just noticed we’re date twins!
Post # 11
I would get my dress from there and go some place else…
Post # 12
You should definitely call back. That’s absurd!!
Post # 13
Sorry, for some reason I thought you were talking on the phone! Are there any other dry cleaners in the area? I would take my dress there and just leave it that it’s a wedding dress.
Post # 14
Go to another drycleaners and say its a formal or a prom dress maybe?
Post # 15
Just wanted to say I hope that shop does a good job, because that is a GORGEOUS dress, and fits you so well! Hope it works out for the best!
Post # 16
I would go with another drycleaners thati s really shaddy. If your dress was one of those big princess or super elborate gowns with crystals and jewels everywhere I can understand the price hike. But this these dress should get charged the same as any gown.