What happens if you don't preserve your dress?? (poll)

posted 2 years ago in Dress
  • poll: What should I do with my dress?
    Leave it alone and hope for the best : (5 votes)
    21 %
    Dry clean only and hang it in your closet : (6 votes)
    25 %
    Get it cleaned and preserved- it's worth it : (13 votes)
    54 %
  • Post # 2
    Member
    1377 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    SleepyBee99:  My mom did this! Married in ’96, just got it preserved this past Christmas. Since the closet where she kept it in its garment bag was humid, it did start molding on the skirt. However, the preservation process cleaned it right up – you couldn’t even tell. The dress did not yellow at all. 

    I’m not planning on keeping my dress – I’m going to sell it – so I don’t know what to tell you about whether or not to preserve it. If I were keeping my dress, I’d probably preserve it though. FWIW, my mom’s dress only cost $150 to preserve. $400 sounds really high, even for location differences. 

    Post # 4
    Member
    1112 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    SleepyBee99:  a few years ago my grandparents had their 50th anniversary. When we were getting things ready for it my grandma opened a closet to reveal her dress hanging I why her other clothes, not in a garment bag or anything! It looked perfect, not even a little yellowed. She didn’t even have it cleaned after the wedding since it was tea length and didn’t get dirty. It’s completely possible that fabric quality has changed since then, but I would still think it would be fine to just leave it in the closet. I am too. 

    Post # 6
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    9532 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I guess the question becomes what are you hoping to do with it in the future? Personally, I’ve never been a fan of keeping/preserving gowns, just because I think they almost never get used again and so they just take up space. Hell, I inherited 3 wedding gowns (mother and both grandmothers) and I didn’t even consider wearing any of them because they didn’t fit or weren’t even close to the right style. I’m probably going ot get rid of them but I feel kind of guilty. And if you’re just keeping it for sentimental reasons, does it really matter if it wears a bit? For me, I decided to get my dress dyed black, so that I could rewear it, which I’ve done twice since getting married a year ago.

    Post # 9
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    9532 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    SleepyBee99:  Thanks! I’m really with happy with my decision to have it dyed. It actually used to be very common, but it’s fallen out of favor in the last half century. But I recommend it to anyone! It’s the best and most expensive dress I’ll even own, so why not get all the wear that I can out of it?

    Post # 10
    Member
    7090 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Umm mine’s been stuffed in a closet for over 2 years now..haha. It looks the same to me!

    Post # 11
    Member
    2106 posts
    Buzzing bee

    SleepyBee99:  

    That seems alot I know the company my store uses is like $250 I think. I go back in Wednesday and I will get you solid details. 

    Post # 12
    Member
    1377 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    JenGirl:  Your dress looks sooooo awesome dyed. I really wish I had occasions to wear nice dresses so I could keep mine and dye it! 

    Post # 13
    Hostess
    15072 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    My mom’s dress was gorgeous but there was no such thing as preserving back then. When I was a teen, we pulled it out of storage and the dress had yellowed and the lace crumbled in our hands. I’m still sad I never got to at least try it on, it was just so timeless and lovely.

    Post # 14
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    5016 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2014

    SleepyBee99:  Just a local dry cleaner. It actually cost $200 to clean it, and then $250 to preserve. It’s in a big box now and I’m going to leave it at my parents house…not really sure what I’m going to do with it, but I definitely dont want to sell it or give it away! 

    Post # 15
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    2704 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 2015

    SleepyBee99:  I’m wearing my moms dress and having it altered. I had to get it cleaned. My mom didn’t clean it, just stuck it in a bag and put it in the closet. That was 32 years ago, and it cleaned perfectly! I’m not sure if your dress would do the same, but that was my experience.

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