Post # 1
I bought my wedding dress 6 months ago as a sample. It is a discontinued Enzoani Amelia. It’s all lace and beaded and has a crystal beaded belt. When we bought it, the belt was hitting my hips weird so the lady who owned the store (that sells discontined/sample dresses) snipped it off so we could pin the belt where it needed to be. The store was filled with bright natural sunlight. My mom and I looked at it up and down and there seemed to be very minor issues that could be easily fixed. I even had a seamstress meet me at the store before buying to make sure it could be altered (it was 2 sizes too big and I wanted a fitted a-line instead of a natural a-line). The dress was originally 2600 and I got it for 1000. I only took it out once since I bought it to try it on for fun but realized I couldnt do it by myself so back in the bag it went. Fast forward 5 months and my mom and I bring it to go veil shopping. In the store under the florescent lights we notice that the front of the dress, the lace and beading has yellowed. It’s probably from hanging in the window of a bridal shop for too long. It definitely happened before we bought it, because it is obvious where the belt was as it was bright white underneath but yellow all aroudn it and that belt was sewed on it until I bought it. The dress looks perfect in bright sunshine (evidenced by the day we bought and they photos we have and my mom took it outside on a sunny day and it was fine) but if its cloudy (what we say yesterday) or if its fluorescent lighting then the dress is obviously discolored.
We called around to some places that work on dresses and they said it can cost 500 dollars to clean and they can’t guarantee it will work and they also can’t guarantee the lace/beading wont be ruined by the cleaning process.
So I’m ready to get a new dress, I’m having an indoor church wedding and an indoor reception and I dont’ want to worry about what kind of lighting I’m in and whether people notice if its yellowed or not. I just feel like if there is anything on my wedding day material-wise that is in important-then it’s feeling beautiful and comfortable and happy about my wedding dress. I’m so upset though because not only did I spend 1000 dollars on it but I also have been picturing myself in this dress for a while. I’m going to talk to the lady I bought it from hoping she will refund some of my money–but I doubt it. My other thought is that I might be able sell it to someone who is maybe having an outdoor wedding or isn’t as picky as I am because it’s an amazing one of kind dress and hopefully that will soften the blow to my wallet.
Has anybody out there had a similar problem? Any advice?
Post # 3
That’s too bad 🙁
Would it be at all possible to dye the entire dress a light ivory colour to mask the discolouration? Or is the yellowing very “yellow”?
Post # 4
Someone on here posted the other day about actually washing their wedding dress. They took it to a laundrymat with a large front loading washer (no agitator) and turned it inside out and washed it, and then air dried it and it was good as new. I don’t know if you want to risk it or not. If you washed it, I would just use oxyclean instead of soap, but that might do the trick.
Post # 5
here is that link to the previous post about washing their dress:
I WASHED my gorgeous gown in the washing machine!!
Post # 6
She put in in a duvet cover and washed it. Maybe that will work?
Post # 7
I say you don’t have much to loose…I’d try washing it like the other gal did and see what happens!
Post # 8
If the discoloration is only noticeable at the belt/sash locations, is it possible to get a thicker belt/sash? Maybe it would hit you in a different spot that is flattering and cover the discoloration? Kind of a far reach, but it all I can think of aside from cleaning/dying it.
Can you post a picture? I am not familiar with what that dress looks like.
Post # 9
There was also a bee on here that had a vintage lace gown that was discoloured/stained and detailed what she did to clean it….
Post # 10
a friend of mine took her mother’s yellowed wedding dress and soaked it in a tub with oxy clean and it came out much, much whiter… if you’re going to toss it anyway, it’d be worth trying to wash it with some oxyclean in the non-agitator front-load washing machine on gentle like the other bee did! 🙂 keep us updated!
my actual first thought was to wear a wider belt than used to be on it, like a PP said… but if you just hate the belt idea, then i’d try washing it for sure before moving on to another dress…
Post # 11
you ladies are amazing. I just love reafing these posts. wash it, not much to loose! and please update us on how it turned out!!
Post # 12
Gosh guys, you are all so helpful! I’m sorry I didn’t reply earlier but I somehow didn’t get the notifications that you all had posted and so I’m just seeing these now!
So here is the update: The dress was yellowed down the center of the whole dress (unfortunately not just where the belt was). It is all lace with beading and even some of the beads are yellowed.
I brought it to the woman who owns the shop I bought it from. Her initial thought was to have it dry cleaned and replace all of the beads, etc. But after really looking at it, it truly appears sun damaged and not dirty. So she was kind enough to let me either exchange for another dress in her shop or use the money towards tuxedo rentals through her. I couldn’t believe my luck in finding such an understanding store owner! (I think she is going to still try some things to fix it so she can resell but understood my anxiety and concern for getting a new dress soon).
So I’ve done some dress shopping and did find another at her store that I love (even more than my original–which makes dress shopping just confusing when you realize you can love so many dresses). Anyway she is having the new one cleaned just as a courtesy and make sure I”m 100% happy before taking it home. Of course it’s a 14 and I’m only a 10 and hopefully would be an 8 next year so I will have to have this one altered as well. Here are the pics of my original and the new one. The first 2 are for the new one. My new one does have the cathedral train, but no bolero. We are also planning to make a small sweetheart with the top and add a brooch in the middle and add buttons down the back. The pics do not do the lace or beading justice! The old dress pics are the last two.