trash the dress?help with cleaning?

posted 2 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
314 posts
Helper bee

under water in a pool? you could get it cleaned and the chlorine smell will come out– but the heavy weight of the water when you’re taking it off and getting it to dry could accidentally pull/rip lace off, and just the pool chemicals in general might damage the fabric.

Post # 3
7292 posts
Busy Beekeeper

Damiansmum10:  You do know that people have died doing the exact thing you are talking about?

Post # 6
25 posts
  • Wedding: October 2014

That’s the most depressing story I’ve ever heard. 


I would vote no on the water trashing just because ‘trash the dress’ means exactly that; it’s trashed. It’s generally not a state from which a wedding dress would ever fully recover. You could always buy a super-cheap dress in a style similar to your real one and trash that one, but if you really love your wedding dress, don’t trash it.

Post # 7
671 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

j_jaye:  That’s the first thing I thought of when OP mentioned water. That exact story. Poor woman.

I personally wouldn’t ever want to ‘trash the dress’ but what others do with their own property, not my business. 🙂

Post # 8
442 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

Donate your dress to someone who can’t afford to buy one, or a similar charity for prom dresses. Trash the dress shoots are dumb and you are just wasting money ruining something that you paid a lot of money for.

Post # 9
6048 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

My niece ran into the ocean at her wedding.  We wrapped a towel around her she dropped the dress and we dunked it in the pool to get the saltwater out of it.  Dress hung up to dry and it was fine.  We were in Jamaica and barely any waves at all.  She went in up to her neck, along with all the bridesmaids and FGs. 

She didn’t do it with any plan in mind, just it was hot and she wasn’t going to store the dress for her kids, why would they want to wear her dress she didn’t wear her moms.  

Post # 10
2 posts

It’s really “trash” the dress because it’s not supposed to be salvagable afterwards…

Post # 14
647 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

If you could have it cleaned then the dress wouldn’t truly be trashed which is kinda the point… otherwise you’re just taking pictures in the water with your dress on.

Post # 15
265 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

Damiansmum10:  depends on your dress is it lace? Heavily beaded? Silk? If it is on the beach you will likely to get it full of sand.


Do you plan to resell the dress? It is a risk you take and should know that it might NOT be the same. However I think I have seen a few blogs restoring REALLY filthy looking dresses.

As for TTD being stupid or not – to everyone their own. It is not considered stupid to store the damn thing in a box for 30 years only to produce it yellowed and dated for a daughter who actually wants her own new crisp pretty and fashionable dress like her mommy did back then.

At least you will have awesome pictures and the memories are worth more than any old dress. And youget to wear it again!

If you want to resell then its a diefferent story.

Also all comes down to the cost of the dress, if it is some family heirloom, etc.


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