Post # 1
I wore a silk wedding dress, and because we had a parade through the streets, the bottom is totally filthy. I’m wondering if it’s worth it to pay to have it cleaned/preserved, and whether I should go to a place like http://www.prestigepreservation.com/
I have thought about re-selling the dress (it’s Oscar de la Renta, and I could pass on a great discount to another bride) but of course I want it to be clean first – I’m just not sure if they’ll really be able to clean it?
I’ve read about putting NON-SILK dresses through the washing machine, but everything I’ve read says NOT to do this to silk. I also don’t want to spend $$$$ on this, because I’m not sure if I’d be able to recoup the cost… I just figured I should do something with the dress that’s currently hanging up in my apartment.
Brides who had experience with cleaning dirty wedding dresses (especially silk ones!) could you share:
– where you got it cleaned?
– how much it cost?
– your thoughts about the results?
Thanks so much in advance!!!
Post # 3
NOLABride2015: my dress was taffeta, and tea length (didn’t get dirty on the bottom) so our situations are different, but: I went to my usual dry cleaner and they preserved it for $180. It’s all clean and stuffed to keep its shape and displayed in a pretty (gigantic!) box Hope that helps a little bit
Post # 4
hellokittykat: thanks so much! It does! 🙂
Post # 5
I wore a DB that was on sale for $99. It was taffeta, no beading or sequins. Since it only cost $99, I just had the dry cleaner clean it and not preserve it. They did not even press it which would cost $20. It cost $50 to have cleaned. It is now folded up in a plastic bin in our garage with another plastic box of wedding momentos.
Post # 6
Here she is…all preserved! Paid $200
Post # 7
I got married 3 months ago and have been meaning to get my dress dry cleaned, but have been putting it off, due to laziness. Mine is tea length, so the bottom didn’t get dirty and it has no visible stains.
Post # 8
SLOBee: blondi: MissKayaker: Thank you so much for your input! I think I’m going to try sending it to Prestige Preservation and see what happens :).
Post # 9
blondi: I just sent off my dress to them on Monday. I was on the fence about what to do w/my dress – considered reselling it, but then I got emotional and decided $199 was a good price for cleaning and preservation. I really like that all the shipping and insurance is included in the price.
Post # 10
I got married almost a year ago and still haven’t gotten my dress cleaned (oops…) haha. I never walked outside in mine though, so it doesn’t look visibly dirty. I am planning to store my dress in a archive quality bag so that I can still take it out and look at it whenever I want. Still debating if I’m going to clean it first…
Post # 11
I just got in dry cleaned (not “preserved”) and its in the plastic cleaners bag inside of a garment bag. I didn’t really examine the dress after they cleaned it but it didn’t seem stained or anyting before I brought it in either. I think its ready to resell! It cost $180 to dry clean, ugh! I’m being patient, it’s such a great dress, someone will buy it eventually right??? Been listed for over a month on preownedweddingdresses.com
Post # 12
My advice is to sell it or donate it. I preserved my wedding dress from my first wedding… it was beautifully packaged, put into storage, and I did not look at again until 12 years later when we separated. At that point I took it out of the box and donated it to an organization that makes dresses for Angel Babies.
Post # 13
theillest : NOLABride2015 : hi! Just curious if you ended up sending your wedding dress to prestige preservation? I really want to get mine cleaned and preserved.
Post # 14
- Wedding: The Retreat at Bradley\'s Pond
Davids Bridal ran a sale a few weeks ago for their preservation kits.. normally almost $200 down to $99 so I nabbed that deal. THey will take your dress even if it is not DB brand. You can add veils/garters/etc if you want for a small fee. Hoping it get it back within the next week or 2 as most people on their review site say that they are going pretty quickly now. For the most part the reviews are pretty good and most brides have a non DB dress whic makes me feel better.
Post # 15
- Wedding: September 2017 - Mississauga Convention Centre
I got my engagement dress cleaned and preserved at Courtesy Gown Preservation. It was expensive but they did a great job, and it’s beautifully packed