(Closed) Anyone Dry Clean their Wedding Dress? Especially Prior to the wedding?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Have You had Your Dress Dry Cleaned Before, or even after, the wedding and how did it turn out
    Yes I did..Professionally Dry Cleaned. Turned out perfect! Do it! : (7 votes)
    70 %
    Yes I did. BUT the dress came back Terrible! DO NOT DO IT! : (1 votes)
    10 %
    No I have not and I would not take the chance. Especially before the wedding. : (2 votes)
    20 %
  • Post # 3
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    499 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Here in NYC at the bridal sample sales they actually have representatives there from local upscale dry cleaning services to offer a discount on the dry cleaning of your dress prior to the wedding. With a sample, I think you should get it dry cleaned- take a look at the hem and see if it’s dirty- in some instances the hem will get altered away or if you didn’t requiring hemming, it’s still a good idea to get it cleaned. Just be sure you take it to someone who specializes in wedding gown cleaning and or restoration. And be prepared to pay for it!

    Post # 5
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    493 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I had mine cleaned and it was a nightmare at first. I wanted to get all the wrinkles out before the big day. The wedding was on saturday but I picked up the dress on wednesday. When they steamed (I think) there were gray spray marks all over the dress. They were noticeable to me and the dry cleaner tried to say that those marks were there when I brought it in! Really?? After crying, the place where I bought the dress was able to get all the marks out. She said that he must have had dirt in the steamer and when the air blew out, some dirt blew out with it and onto my dress.

    I would still recommend getting it cleaned though. I think mine was just an isolated incident since both of my sisters took their dresses to the same dry cleaner and they had no problems. I’m so glad I listened to my mom and took it over a few days early. I was going to pick it up on friday and wouldn’t have enough time to get the stains out. Take it a few days early in case anything should happen.

    Post # 6
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    964 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Interested in responses. I’m getting married 1200 miles from home and don’t know of someone I could trust to do it. REALLY afraid.

    Post # 7
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    4352 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    My dress was professionally cleaned after another bride wore it, before she sold it to me. I saw the staining on the underside of the train in her wedding pictures, and the cleaning got it all out.

    Post # 8
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    424 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    Do you have any alterations to do?  I bought a sample dress and had the salon I bought it from   do the alterations.  Not only were they able to fix everything that was wrong with the sample dress (buttons missing, etc) while they were doing the alterations and afterwards they steamed it and would have done any cleaning neccessary too.  It ended up that the dress didn’t even need dry cleaning though, evidently they can get quite a bit of dirt out just by steaming it.  Also, if it had needed cleaning I think I would trust a bridal salon more than any other place because they’ll have had way more experience not messing up gowns than anyone else in town.

    Post # 9
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    964 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    The tailor I used also steamed the dress after my alteractions. I still have 2 months before the wedding and wasn’t sure if it needed to be done again

    Post # 11
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    5657 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2012

    I wore a second hand dress for my wedding that was dry cleaned after the original owner wore it. My dress was in perfect condition.

    Post # 12
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    1043 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I’m in the same boat (sample dress) that is being altered right now.  It’s going to the drycleaners in another week.  It’s a drycleaner that my alterations woman highly recommended so I’m very confident he’ll do a good job. 

    I’d say that the salon you bought the dress from (or alterations person) should be able to recommend at least a couple of reputable dry cleaners to help ease your fears.

    Post # 15
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    443 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    My dress was a Priscilla’s sample. I mailed it to Orange Restoration Labs in CT a few weeks ago. But I have zero concerns for the dress being ruined – the company cleans the costumes for the Met Opera, I think I’m in really good hands. Priscilla’s had a special rate with this company, which I inquired about before buying the dress (wouldn’t have considered not cleaning it), and factored it into my budget, it isn’t outrageous. 

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