Post # 1
I’m curious if you ladies got your dresses professionally cleaned/preserved after your weddings? I think I walked through a puddle of red wine, and my hem is filthy from our garden wedding, and then I let it sit over our honeymoon…and then for another month… so I’m a little afraid it’s beyond repair.
Also, if you wouldn’t mind saying how much it cost. I’m thinking this might be my sticker shock item, and I don’t want to have to pick my jaw off the floor of the dry cleaner’s, so a heads up would be much appreciated!
Post # 3
I just got mine cleaned for $195. I took it to a wedding dress specialist in LA and that was their minimum. Mine was a slim a-line lace dress, they said it can run upto $500 for a silk dress with heavy beading. I’m sure a you can find lot of regular cleaners that are cheaper but I just didn’t want to chance it. Mine had no stains but a very dirty hem. I actually let it sit for three months, but it cleaned beautifully. No a speck of dirt left. I’m trying to sell mine so hopefully can recoop that cleaning cost.
Post # 4
My mom just got my dress cleaned. I dont know what Im going to do with it! I thought about selling it but that makes me sad so I just dont know!
Post # 5
Ummm mine is still just in the bag….. I honestly think I am going to just put it in my washer on a gentle cylce (we have a very nice washer). I can’t afford $200 to wash something I may never wear again. My favorite dress pants are still sitting on my floor because I don’t want to spend $5 to get them dry cleaned
Post # 6
I think whatever your plan is, whether to keep it or sell it, you should get it clean. There might be dirt or grime on it that you don’t see. Over years of it settling can’t be good for it?
I called around a couple places and turns out most places (around me at least) actually just send it to Bridal Kare International (the local branch). So I called them directly and got the cheapest rate. They were running a special, $99 for cleaning and preserving. Will take a months time.
Now, if your dress cost about the price of cleaning it then I’m not sure if it’s worth it? Up to you.
Post # 7
I took mine to my seamstress. She sends it out to be steamcleaned, pressed & boxed. I am not going to open the box, but it’s folded neatly in there with my veil. It was $155. She said that the most damaging this is not the stains, but removing the oils from it being on your body.. that is what makes it yellow over time.
She told me to have it to her w/in a month of the wedding for the best results.
Post # 8
mine is still sitting, dirty, in my closest from june 5! procrasinator i am!
Post # 9
Mine is also still hanging in the closet since April! Guess I should get going on this. haha
Post # 10
mine was dirtied really bad – water, mud, grass stains over the bottom! I took it just to a regular dry cleaners and I paid $125 and I wouldn’t say its much better! I’m bummed but thinking of making it into a short dress (maybe) b/c mine is really simple.
haha random story: a friend got married 4 years ago and had her dress sent away to a company that cleans/seals them nice and happy. Dont know the company. She just recently opened the box to look at her dress — IT WAS THE WRONG DRESS! Yikes! I can’t imagine the shock! They’re trying to track down what happened years ago!
Post # 11
If it makes you feel any better we are coming up on our one year anniversary and my dress is still sitting in a ball in it’s bag. We had an outdoor ceremony so it definitely has seen some dirt. I don’t plan on selling it, couldn’t bare to part with it, but obviously haven’t been in a hurry to shell out some cash to clean/preserve it either.
Post # 12
Uh-oh. I’m starting to think I’ve overpayed. Then again, my dress was the filthiest you’ve ever seen – mud, dirt, water stains, little tears – but they are charging me $450 for cleaning and preservation…yikes. They are a highly regarded specialty wedding dress cleaner though…
Post # 13
I used Wedding Gown Preservation Company, and I highly recommend it. It was easy and fast, and my dress is beautifully preserved and clean. You basically send them your dress (shipping supplies are included), they clean and preserve your gown, and they send it back to you in about 8 weeks. I also had my veil and garter cleaned and preserved… all for $150.
Post # 14
I took mine to a local dry cleaner (they have a couple of branches near by). I think they normally charge $180 in the box/preserved and $130 for just a cleaning. I had a coupon for $50 off so I am paying about $130 for it to be boxed (thought it would be easier to store this way and I don’t think I could part with it and sell it). It is at the cleaners now. I asked them if I could see it before it was boxed (had this image of me paying all that money and opening the box in 20 years to find out they never cleaned it and just charged me to put it in the box!). I went and checked it out and it looked great (mostly just had grass/dirt stains under hem and spray tan that rubbed off in the bodice). Just waiting for them to call me to tell me it is ready…It has been a couple of weeks…guess I should give them a call!
Post # 15
My train was pretty filthy, to the point where I was skeptical that I’d be able to sell it as I’ve planned. Our corner dry cleaning shop got it in like-new condition for just under $100. It would have been double that if I’d gotten it pressed as well. (I figured there’s no point, since any bride who buys it off me will need to get it pressed again after her alterations.) Preservation would have been a lot more.
Post # 16
I didn’t shop around for quotes because I wanted to take my dress to an ‘eco-friendly’ dry cleaner, which I think there’s only 1 of here in Calgary. They said it could range from $200 to $500, but that they’d have to appraise it first. They ultimately quoted me $275 to clean it, without a box. An extra $50 for a special preservation box (which sounds kind of like a rip-off to me). They otherwise only charge $20 for my husband to dryclean his suits.
My dress has no beading or lace, and is silk taffeta with a some layers underneath for volume. And it was ridiculously, disgustingly dirty (it rained all day and I walked through puddles). We’ll see how clean it comes out… (have to wait 1 month).
I actually wish I’d tried to negotiate with the guy to get the price down.