Post # 1
I fell in love with my dress only to find out it was discontinued like two months before I started shopping..so I had to buy the sample or keep looking.
I did save about $300 doing so, but of course I wanted to have it cleaned – what with all the other sweaty brides to be trying it on before me. (I don’t know about everyone else, but I found trying on dresses to be a hot and sometimes sweaty experience. Lol.)
I’m worried about having it cleaned – what if something happens to it – but also, there goes my $300 savings since the price I’ve heard most often is $250.
What do you all think?
Post # 3
@route507too: If there are stains, I would get it professionally cleaned. They can do wonders with a dirty dress.
Post # 4
@asscherlover: Thanks. I thought as much. Unfortunately, if there were stains my decision would be made, but its basically pristine. I’m just kind of grossed out by the invisible grime on there. I guess the question is, am I $250 worth of grossed out? I might be…
Post # 5
Hmmm if I bought a sample dress I think I’d definitely clean it. It feels more “new” that way.
And yes, trying on dresses was hot!!
Post # 6
i see your point about the $300 savings only really turning into a $50 saving. doesn’t sound as good that way. have you searched the used bridal websites for your perfect dress? i know a lot of those dresses have already been cleaned and some not even worn. you would probably save even more $$$$.
what was the dress? maybe we can help you find one.
EDIT: it sounds like you already bought the dress so disregard.
Post # 7
Since your wedding is not until next year, I think you should have it cleaned. Sweat and body oils can discolor a dress over time and there is enough time before your wedding for that to happen.
Post # 8
250? I paid 50 to get mine cleaned- just shop about.
And it was worth it, it looked like a completely different dress afterwards.
Post # 9
I just had mine pressed- but I think a cleaning was only $100, it was $50 to have it pressed.
Post # 10
I got a sample and had a similar dilemma, but I resorted to just having my dress pressed the week before the wedding. The heat and steam from that will kill any germs lurking from previous brides 🙂
Plus, it only cost $50.
Post # 11
I bought a sample. The dress fit me perfectly so there’s no need for alterations. My dress was being discontinued as well AND it was the last one! It was only $399. They are cleaning it for me after alterations (hem and bustle) are complete 🙂
I would suggest getting it professionally cleaned.
Post # 12
I say get it cleaned. I bought a sample and the shop cleaned it for me free of charge. Can you shop around for quotes to get it cleaned?
Post # 13
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Post # 14
- Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards
Get it cleaned. I bought a sample ( http://www.weddingbee.com/2012/07/05/two-dress-brides-3/ ) and it was cleaned for me. It felt new.
Are you sure you were given such a high quote for just cleaning or was it for cleaning and boxing for storage? I just dropped my dress off for cleaning and it will cost $80.
Post # 15
Thanks for the input everyone. I’ll keep shopping around, but right now I am leaning towards just having it pressed. I checked with probably 3 or 4 places and $250 was the price I got at all of them. My mom has been helping me look into it and she found places we could send it away to for about $100, but I’m worried about sending it to some random internet company.
I have plenty of time to make a decision, so in the meantime I’ll keep looking.
Post # 16
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
I didn’t bother. My dress is in great shape/didn’t smell. You may be getting high prices since the cleaners may think you’re looking to have it preserved, vs. just cleaned.