Post # 1
I took my dress to the cleaner’s yesterday. I called them to get a price quote and they said it wasn’t possible to quote unless they saw it, but it would be anywhere from $85 to $200? (I had a hard time understanding her). I brought it in person and she had to take it to the main office to get the price quote. I should know sometime today or tomorrow how much. But I also have a 20% off coupon. That’s partly why I wanted a quote before I gave them the coupon… so I would actually get 20% off. But I almost feel as if they’ll price it more expensive so that the coupon is worthless.
Haha, I need to trust people more often!
So how much did you pay?
Post # 3
It cost $250 for mine just for cleaning. It’s crazy expensive.
Post # 4
You should take it in, but just don’t tell them you have the coupon until they’ve given you the quote.
I’m not a good test case – my dress has color on it, so they didn’t realize it was a wedding dress and charged me $21. (No, there are no zeros missing there.)
Post # 5
I cleaned mine. Soaked the train in the bathtub to get out most of the dirt and grass stains. Then turned it inside out and put it into the washing machine. It’s a polyester dress and it did fine, I didn’t want to spend a bunch of money on dry cleaning.
Post # 6
I checked into getting it cleaned and they said it started at $200 so I did it myself 🙂 Mine is also polyester and it came out great, I used oxy clean spray $2.97. Now need to figure out how to store it.
Post # 7
To get it cleaned and preserved it was $160
Post # 8
I just got my gown cleaned at a place my seamstress recommended for a whoppin’ $200 (that was with a 20% off coupon)! Seeing the dress had a few red wine stains, I was paranoid about waiting any longer. They didn’t even look at my gown when they quoted me. This I found strange, but again I just wanted to get it over with and have her back stain free. They did a great job, but now I’m left with a clean gown wrapped in cheap plastic. ARG!
Post # 9
The place where I bought my dress “offered” to clean & preserve it for me for $475 (how nice of them!) — they insisted I shouldn’t be paying anything less.
I risked it and went to a “cheap” dry cleaner and paid $200 for the cleaning + $30 for the box. Still insanely expensive.
Post # 10
p.s. I found out that you can preserve it yourself – I bought the archival box and acid-free paper online from the Container Store. It cost me something like $60, including shipping. My dry cleaner was going to charge $245 to clean/preserve it, so I saved almost $200.
Post # 11
@mightywombat: – Nice! I’m planning on doing this as well – was just hunting for the right box. My dress is huge!
Post # 12
Gah! These answers are making me nervous bees! I don’t think I’ll be spending anything over $150 with the 20% coupon. I don’t have any bad stains… just dirt everywhere on the bottom. If it’s that expensive, I’ll rinse it off in the bath tub as well and let that be that. Unless my mom has some aversion to me doing it myself, and wants to pay for it 😉