Post # 1
I’m torn. Before the wedding, I thought I would have no problem donating my dress, or selling it. But now that my wedding is over, and I had such a fabulous time, it’s chock-full of sentimental value to me! I have it just hanging on my closet door, and every time I look at it or touch it, it makes me feel happy. So now I don’t want to get rid of it. What is everyone else doing? Any suggestions on where/how to get mine professionally cleaned and preserved?
Post # 3
I am playing the procrastination game! My dress was washable (crazy, right?) so we ran it through the gentle cycle a few weeks after the wedding and i put it back in the garment bag….and it has been sitting in my parents closet for, wow, it’s already been a year!
I think I will end up saving it and using it to make my future children’s baptism gowns–it was a custom made dress, so I’m not sure it will fit anyone else easily for a second use (either by reselling it, or saving it for my daughters)
Post # 4
have you thought about doing like a trash the dress shoot before you restore it?
Im thinking about doing it before i clean it and preserve it. but when i do im thinking about using imperial gown restoration. http://www.gown.com
Post # 5
I preserved mine and it’s listed for sale. Haven’t had any offers really though. I had one offer, but she was $50 lower than the lowest price I would go and then she never responded to me again.
So for now it’s in my closet all preserved and I don’t know what to do with it. I kind of want to do a photo shoot just for fun, but I don’t know what I’d do with those photos. Plus then the dress would get dirty again!
Post # 6
Mine isn’t even cleaned yet (eek). I have a really gentle washer so maybe I will try that. I put a lot of my dry clean only clothes in and they come out fine.
I have my dress listed on the classifieds here because realistically the cash would be VERY nice right now. I didn’t do any alterations (besides a bustle) so it should fit someone else easily.
I might hang out to it for another shoot though or for baptism outfits.
Post # 7
After I got married I did a TTD shoot and then had my dress hanging on my door with lovely red Georgia clay alllllllll over it! I recently just took it to get it cleaned and preserved. I feel like I got a lot of use out of it. I DEFINITELY reccommend a TTD shoot! Even if you don’t “trash” it, it was so much fun getting to wear it again!