(Closed) Bought a dress >1 year before the wedding- now what?

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
3586 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2000

@limekitty:  why don’t you examine the dress thoroughly for wear and smells and stains and if it meets your sniff and see test, do not further clean it. Each time it’s hauled around you risk damage to it–a snag here, a sequin falling off there.

I would bet that “breathable bags” are expensive You can do the same thing by draping it in a cotton sheet, or perhaps two sheets depending on how full it is.

It’s not going to get yellow in a year. For that short of a period, you want to protect it from dust and possibly pet hair if you have pets.

Post # 4
1366 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I worked in a consignment store years ago (it is a GREAT way to add expensive pieces to your wardrobe.) 

Most consignment places require that clothes are dry cleaned first but unless the dress was brought to them in a dry cleaning bag it’s impossible to know for sure.

Either way, I’d do the alterations first, then get it dry cleaned after. You’ll want to do that, not just for the alterations but also to make sure it’s pressed correctly.

I’m not sure about the bag, but breathable makes sense to me.  Is the garment bag from the store or the original ML bag that the dress came in?

Post # 6
7272 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

I bought my dress over a year before my wedding.

If there are no smells or spots I would probably just not bother dry cleaning it. Mine was expensive to dry clean (cheapest reputable place I could find was over $100). I was told to dry clean it before alterations as dry cleaning could slightly change the size so I would talk to a seamstress if you plan on dry cleaning it just to be sure.

I ended up taking it to get dry cleaned a couple of weeks before the alterations started (due to what the seamstress told me). Before that, it hung in a regular garment bag in my closet for a year. No yellowing or issues at all with that and no special bag.

Post # 7
1830 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@canuckandakiwi:  I disagree with alterations then dry-cleaning. If OP feels she really needs it dry cleaned, do it first! Shrinkage can happen, even with the best dry cleaning, and she definitely wants her alterations to stay true. A good steam after the alterations should do the trick.

OP, as another poster mentioned, just check out your dress. Is it clean? Does it have stains, inside or out? Does it smell okay? If it does, no need to have it dry cleaned again and go through that cost and stress. A good steam from your seamstress will make it look beautiful again.

Post # 9
1830 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

That’s great you’ve come to a resolution. But…..can we see the dress? XD

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