Which is first? Cleaning or Alterations?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Which should I do first?
    Have the dress cleaned : (3 votes)
    14 %
    Alterations : (17 votes)
    77 %
    It doesn't matter : (2 votes)
    9 %
  • Post # 3
    1609 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Alterations first.  The dress is handled a lot during alterations and cleaning it afterwards will make sure it’s perfect for the wedding.

    Post # 4
    323 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @Fall_In_Love22:  This.

    Alterations first, cleaning 2nd. No point in cleaning a dress that is just going to get “dirty” during alterations.

    Post # 5
    24 posts
    • Wedding: January 2014

    My bridal salon told me to get it altered then cleaned

    Post # 6
    3112 posts
    Sugar bee

    @miss_leafheart:  Alterations first, since you want to it cleaned after the seamstress has been touching it.

    Post # 7
    3394 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Definitely alterations. For the reasons mentioned above – the seamstress will be handling it and inevitably get some marks on it. Also, if you’re getting the dress taken in or shortened at all, there’s no point in cleaning the bits that are going to get removed anyway (like the hem for example).

    Post # 9
    895 posts
    Busy bee

    Don’t the alterations people clean it for you when they’re done?

    Post # 10
    2562 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Alterations come first. People will be touching your dress while its altered and you will be taking it on and off (and walking around with it on) during that process. Clean it after all of that.

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