Post # 1
Now that the wedding is over and we’ve returned from the honeymoon I am trying to figure out what to do with my dress. I absolutely love it and want to get it preserved, but have no idea how that all works. I have been doing research online and have become more confused. I need suggestions and price guesstimates. From what I’ve seen online it could cost as little as $100 or it could cost almost as much as the dress did. My dress is Emma by Maggie Sottero. It is in very good condition, there aren’t any visible stains other than on the underside of the train being a bit dirty (although not nearly as dirty as I thought it would be considering our outdoor ceremony and photos). I am attaching photos of the dress, sorry if they are huge, this my first time posting here. I have been following a thread about my dress since I ordered it over a year ago. 🙂
Post # 2
lewermski: I think I can echo similar concerns. I am 3 years married, and still haven’t done a thing with my dress – it’s always been on my mind to get it preserved, but hearing that getting my dress preserved is going to cost me $200-500 makes me think otherwise. Soooooo my dress has been hanging in our guest room (now turned nursery) closet taking up extra space, lol. It may actually be time, lol.
Post # 3
putting it in a garment bag somewhere safe in a closest might be a less expensive way to keep it from getting ruined.
Post # 4
I would suggest getting it dry cleaned even if there is no visible stains. Sometimes stains appear over time, like armpit stains. So if your future daughter wanted to wear it or use it somehow she could. You have a very timeless dress so you might actually reuse it for her!
I’ve also watched a youtube videos on preservation. You might be able to do it yourself!
Post # 5
Jscheer is supposed to be one of the best gown preservers. You can go on their site and request a quote on the cost (varies by dress). They did a great job on my friend’s gown and theg offer a lifetime guarante on their work.
Post # 6
lewermski: I took mine to a reputable dry cleaners near me. They charged $200 to clean it and $250 to preserve it. It’s now in an airtight box. I honestly have no idea what I’ll do with it but there’s no way I want to sell it or get rid of it….
Post # 7
So I just went to davids bridal yesterday and they are having a sale on preservation kits….idk about a kit but basically they were telling me to get it preserved.lol well its only $75 until the 4th
Post # 8
lewermski: The bridal store provided a preservation service. It cost £120, which I guess is around $170. So it’s now sat in its ribboned box.
Post # 10
Thanks for the help! The shop I got it at charges $200 for preservation. After going over the dress with you to flag trouble spots and then they send it out to the wedding gown preservation company who will send it to me in roughly 6 months. So that’s what I am going to do tomorrow.