Post # 1
I’ve been picking your brains over the past few weeks about my dress options, and I’m so grateful to all the bees who offered their advice. I hope no one feels that their time was wasted, as I ended up going to a consignment bridal shop on a whim. I had very little hope of finding anything in my price range worth buying, and just thought it would be fun to go looking with a friend.
And I ended up buying a dress! Sorry J.Crew, dress #1 is coming back to you!
I ended up falling in love with an Alfred Sung silk shantung dress. It’s strapless with a slight sweetheart neckline, diagonal ruching across the bodice, and a lace-up back. The skirt is A-line with a train that I plan to wear bustled. Very simple, modern, and sooo flattering!
Because I’ve done pretty much no dress shopping prior to this, I have no idea what this dress would have gone for when brand new. And unfortunately it does require some alterations. The dress was hemmed for someone much shorter than me – even barefoot, the hem does not touch the floor in front. The ladies at the store assured me that they could let out some fabric from the hem, and also take down some of the lower ruching to add extra length. I’ll be going in for a fitting on the weekend to see how much they were able to lengthen the dress by. I really hope they could do more than a few inches, because my fiance is a foot taller than me and I had ordered 4 inch heels!
There is also some staining on the hem that the ladies said they would try to clean by hand. They said silk can only be drycleaned, and that the staining would not come out from that. Is that true?
Anyway, I ended up paying $600 for this dress and they quoted me about $100 for alterations. Tell me ladies, does that sound about right to you?
Post # 3
I can’t comment on the price, but it’s absolutely not true that silk can only be dry cleaned. Silk has existed for thousands of years–long before “dry cleaning” (actually dipping a dress into strong chemicals) existed. A gentle hand wash, with a soap made for delicates, is actually best for most types of silk and will help preserve its luster. But I wouldn’t reccommend that anyone do this on their own if they don’t have lots of experience with hand-cleaning, since hand washing any delicate fabric can be a challenge. A competent hand-washer should definitely be able to get out a basic dirt stain. I just wanted to throw that out there–it is definitely not true that silk needs to be dry cleaned. There’s absolutely nothing that is actually ‘dry clean only’. And there are cleaners who can get out pretty much anything. My favorite is Meurice Garment Care in NYC (garmentcare.com), who have worked miracles on all sorts of garment as well as shoes, bags, and furniture. It just takes a bit of effort to find the best cleaner in your area (and then to decide whether the price they charge is worth it to you).
EDIT: Just noticed I misread your post a bit. Yes, the dirt stain is unlikely to come out completely with conventional drycleaning, but there are other methods of cleaning that should remove the stain entirely–you should check out garmentcare.com, read about these different methods, and then try to find a cleaner in your area who is skilled enough to remove the stain!
Post # 4
Check out PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com. The Alfred Sung dresses listed on there should give you an idea of how much they usually run for — with retail prices, new and used. Just by searching, the prices seem to be all over the place, depending on the style, from $500-1500 and the majority are used.
Post # 5
@veganglam: Wow, thanks so much for enlightening me! I’ve always avoided buying dry clean only clothing because I thought it would be such a hassle to get them cleaned all the time. And I’ve always been afraid to get silk wet! It’s good to know that there is hope for getting that stain out of the dress!
@RayRayFurious: Thanks for that tip! I didn’t find my exact dress there, but I think I did okay with my dress!
Post # 6
hmmm its a good price but probably couldve been a little better. Im basing my observation off of extensive perusal of pre-owned dress websites and going out to consignment stores in my area to see how much their dresses are ( i already got mine but its fun to look still : ). I do think that you were smart to buy consignment- no one will no the difference and Im sure its beautiful! Oh and $100 for the alterations seems like a very good deal to me!!! very reasonable