Post # 1
It has been almost a year since my wedding and I still haven’t had it cleaned. My dress is lace and we had an outdoor wedding so the bottom is pretty dirty. How much do you think it will cost to have it cleaned?
Here is a picture of my dress:
Not the best picture of me, but it the best one of all the details on my dress.
Post # 3
The bottom of mine was pretty dirty too – we got married in NYC and walked around Manhattan taking pictures for hours! My dress was similar to yours though (Mine was a Maggie Sottero lace dress).
I took it to a mom and pop in my home town that is super amazing. It cost 90-100 and they did a fantastic job! Like, I never ever thought it would come clean but it did!
Post # 4
It was about 425 bucks for mine, but my dress is still alive (it has a lot of detail, so I was really worried about someone screwing it up) and they “preserved” it in this nifty box.
Post # 5
I paid $300 (after a $100 discount) through the bridal salon where I purchased the dress. They sent it out to NYC and it was cleaned and put into a special preservation box along with my veil. I think it was a bit steep considering my dress was hardly dirty and had no damage that needed to be repaired (the company would have repaired any loose lace or beadwork for the same price).
The dry cleaners I used to use changed hands and the service went downhill under new ownership so I didn’t trust them with my wedding dress. I had great experiences withmy bridal salon and just figured they’d only contract with a preservation company that met their high standards. I’m pleased with how the cleaning/preservation turned out but it cost more for that then it Would have been for alterations had I had to pay for them (I got it for free since there was a mix up with my custom order with the designer). I shouldn’t have been surprised though…anything wedding related was always outlandishly pricey.
Post # 6
I read in Bridal Bargains that if your dress is polyester, you can put it in the washing machine. If mine weren’t silk, I’d be doing just that. There’s also some interesting info in there about preservation.
Post # 7
@EffieTrinket: I would be afraid to wash my dress in the washing machine because of the lace. It snags pretty easily and I think the crystals that are around the waist of the dress would tear it to shreds. The crystals are on a belt, but it is sewn into the back of the dress.
Post # 8
@NCSUchick27: Well, for any washing machine friendly cloth which has decorations, I would just do what you do for all clothing…
– If it’s small enough to fit inside a neutral coloured pillowcase or a duvet case, put it inside and stitch the case together, then wash.
– If not, you can buy special dry cleaning bags online which you can place the garment inside before washing it in a machine.
Post # 9
@NCSUchick27: Exactly what @Rachel631: said, but if you’re extra worried Ive had decorated belts or straps on dresses, and to protect the rest of the item my mum used to wrap “rags” (scrap bits of cotton etc.) around the beading, and do a quick whip stitch around the edges 🙂 The belt/straps/whatever still get a good wash under the fabric, but it doesnt allow ANY snagging 🙂
Post # 10
$70 mine was disgusting. We had a rainy outdoor wedding.
Post # 11
$145 and my gown was 100% silk. I was super happy with the price!