Post # 1
How much did it cost you to get your dress cleaned? How did you find a reliable, reputable place? I realize this will vary depending on your location, type of dress, and extent of dirt/stains on your dress, but I’m looking for a jumping off point. Thanks!
(I also posted to my local board for recommendations on cleaners in my area, but no luck there yet.)
Post # 3
I used wedclean http://www.wedclean.com/ and it was $99 (well, plus tax and insurance, but no more than $120). I personally had no problems with them, though some on this board have. My dress came back clean and nicely packed. Was quick too. If your dress is heavily stained, or you got something hard to get out on it, then maybe go to some place else, but my dress suffered mainly from a bit of dirt/mud on the train and hem and it all came out nicely.
Post # 4
I wore my dress twice hence, two different cleanings, in two completely different locals, so hopfully this will help you get an idea. My dress A-line is silk duchesse satin, lots of petticoats, longish train etc.
Cleaning #1: Tucson, Arizona – $190: Dress was cleaned after outdoor evening wedding. Thankfully it wasn’t as destroyed as I’d anticipated, but still there were a good amount of dirt and grass stains. Only one small (less than 1") dirt stain near the hem did not come out completely.
Cleaning #2: Abruzzo, Italy – estimate €50 (approx. $75): I have not yet had my dress cleaned after our second reception. It’s A LOT dirtier than the first time around (we’re talking multiple black scuff marks from being stepped on, and a photo session in the middle of a wheat field). However my SIL payed approx. €50 (three years ago) here, and from what I hear her dress was in roughly the same condition mine (i.e. manky!). While I know at that price I may not get the quality cleaning (then again, I may!) that I did in Arizona, I never intend on wearing it again, selling it on, or dream of my daughter wearing it one day… I just want it cleaned and tucked away somewhere to intermitantly sigh over from time to time :-).
P.S. As far as finding someone reputable, there’s nothing better you can do but ask friends/family. I found my AZ cleaner through my mother, who’s an interior designer and uses them for textile/upholstery cleaning, and like I said, here in Italy I’ll use the same cleaners my SIL did.
Post # 5
I paid $200 dollars at a local cleaner for my dress and veil. It is a pretty intricate dress. I think their prices started at $150. I just asked around for where people I knew had gone. I also wanted a place that cleaned the dresses there, meaning that they didn’t send them out.
Post # 6
I think it’s about $200 at my family’s dry cleaner and they’re terrific. they restored my grandmother’s wedding gown, and cleaned and preserved my sisters. They are incredible! We go to The New Forest Valet in Arlington, just off route 50. (The address is 4813 1st Street)
Post # 7
I paid about $110 to have my dress cleaned locally. They said my dress was easier to clean because it’s a polyester blend… phew… the next price up was $180! I chose them because they cleaned shirts and jackets before the wedding and turned everything around quickly (same day!), even working with our Best Man’s crazy suit requests.
Post # 8
- Wedding: June 2020 - Holy Family Catholic Church, reception: National Infantry Museum
One local cleaner quoted me $225. I almost fell in the floor.
Post # 9
Does anyone know where a good dress cleaner is in Orange County CA?? I wonder if they are expensive here?
Post # 10
i found the place i cleaned mine by asking my bridal salon. maybe yours would have a recommendation, too?
Post # 11
Thanks everyone for your advice. Crabcake, I saw your post about your dilemma and that actually got me thinking about it, b/c it never occurred to me it could be so expensive. 🙁 I think I will try area dry cleaners for price comparison (I just moved here, so I don’t know a lot of people or places), and if those are all too pricey maybe I’ll do wedclean. I never heard of them before!
Post # 12
I had mine cleaned at Davis Imperial Cleaners in Chicago. They charged over $600 but my dress was REALLY filthy and also had water damage and I didn’t trust anyone else to get it back to wearable condition.
Post # 13
Wedclean has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. I’m planning on using it after our wedding. Our dresses only cost $500 each, and we want to sell them, so it doesn’t make sense to pay several hundred dollars to get them cleaned.
Post # 14
My bridal salon has a cleaning service, but it was over $250 which is crazy to me! I have decided I want to sell my dress, and it really just has a couple spots on the hem, so I am just going to try a local drycleaner, I think. Don’t want to spend lots of money cleaning it, since I obviously need money to be selling it!